Jeremy Denk

1/6/20

Happy new year.

Today we’re listening to Jeremy Denk, an American classical pianist from North Carolina. We’re playing his 2019 album, c.1300-c.2000. This album is a history of western classical music in 100 minutes, selected and performed by Denk himself on solo piano. Bach’s “Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue in D Minor” acts as a central hinge, bridging the premodern composers of medieval France and Britain with modern composers Beethoven, Chopin, Debussy, etc. As he noted in a BBC interview, the composers featured on the album would likely have detested much of the music of the other composers. Denk won a MacArthur “Genius” grant in 2013.

c.1300-c.2000 by Jeremy Denk (100m) Spotify / Apple Music / YouTube Music / Google Play / Tidal

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