1985 was the tricentennial of the births of both Bach and Handel. That summer I spent ten weeks in classes at the IBM Systems Research Institute in mid-town Manhattan.
Ten weeks is a long time to be away from home, family, and my music and books. After about 3 weeks I broke down and bought a Sony Walkman and four cassette tapes: Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Bach’s Unaccompanied Cello Suites, Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks, and a collection of Sousa marches. I would play these on walks through Central Park through tinny little earbuds.
My favorites were the two Bach collections, particularly this one. I loved the fire of this violin. I’ve not been able to find it streaming and may have to go with another artist. Any links/pointers are appreciated.