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Classical Classroom

Classical Classroom, Episode 186: Kim Kashkashian on the Persistence of Bach

Why the music of Bach can’t stop won’t stop.


Kim Kashkashian. Photo by Emma Goldmann, courtesy of ECM Records.


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We know what you’re thinking: Another episode about Bach?! That’s what we said! In fact, in this episode we ask Grammy-winning violist Kim Kashkashian to explain why classical musicians play and record the same music repeatedly, and specifically, why it’s often the music of Bach. Her answer is totally fascinating! We also address the elephant in the room, i.e., whether or not it would have been okay with Bach that she played his Cello Suites on viola on her new album.

Music in this episode:


Special Thanks to Todd Reynolds for his music, Taskforce: Farmlab from Outerbourough.