Bach music in the castle of heaven john eliot gardiner on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers one of the best books of the year the economist the christian science monitor financial times johann sebastian bach is one of the most unfathomable composers in the history of music how can such sublime work have been produced by a man who seems so ordinary. My first observation about bach music in the castle of heaven is that a book in itself is the wrong medium to convey such a behemoth story a documentary series in a format similar to ramon geners this is opera would have allowed the reader or audience to connect more deeply with gardiners ubiquitous musical descriptions of . Music in the castle of heaven by john eliot gardiner review a brilliant festive study of js bach uses literature and painting to illuminate his dance impregnated music peter conrad. Bach music in the castle of heaven by john eliot gardiner illustrated 628 pages alfred a knopf 35 dwight garner is on book leave a version of this article appears in print on on page . Monumental what gardiner offers is an intimate knowledge of the choral music and a powerful sense of its cultural context structural evolution and doctrinal intent his portrait reads like a pilgrims progress in which a privileged man of the modern world is transformed by bachs musical revelation financial times 672 pages softcover
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