outside listening: mischa maisky + bach suite no. 1

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Besides possessing a totally enviable alliterative name, Mischa Maisky has an approach to Bach that makes me think of the creation of a Zen rock garden. His bow arm floats with absolute calm, his gestures are calculated yet still natural and visually appealing; everything is done with mindfulness, precision, and economy of motion. Like Bylsma and Gutman, he gives some cheeky […]