The album is the first to be recorded with the freshly reissued Moog System 55 modular synthesizer.
Craig Leon might be best known for the 1981 synth classic Nommos, but he’s also worked with classical artists Luciano Pavarotti, Joshua Bell and Sir James Galway throughout his career. His next project will see him combine those two worlds, with a record of synthesizer reinterpretations of Johann Sebastian Bach due on May 5.
Called Bach To Moog, the album was commissioned by Sony Music to celebrate both the 10th anniversary of Moog founder Bob Moog’s death and the 50th anniversary of the manufacture of the first modular synth. As well as being the first recording to feature Moog’s recently reissued System 55 modular, Leon is joined by British classical violinist Jennifer Pike (the youngest ever winner of the BBC Young Musician of the Year competition) and the Sinfonietta Cracovia, with whom Leon performed Nommos at last year’s Unsound festival.
Last year Leon contributed one of the most unique entries into the FACT Mix series to date, blending music from Bernard Parmegiani, George Gershwin, Arthur Brown and more.
01 Preludio from the Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major BWV 1006
02 “Jesu Meine Freude” from the cantata “Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben” BWV 147
03 Arioso (Sinfonia) from the cantata “Ich Steh Mit Einem Fuß im Grabe” BWV 156
04 Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565
05 Siciliano from the Violin Sonata No. 4 in C Minor BWV 1017
06 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049 Movement 1: Allegro
07 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049 Movement 2: Andante
08 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major BWV 1049 Movement 3: Presto
09 Air from the Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D Major BWV 1068
10 Aria from the Goldberg Variations BWV 988
11 14 Canons on the Goldberg Ground BWV 1087