The Particular Universe Of Canons In Pure, Instrumentation Undefined, Music: “The Musical Offering” BWV1079 Recorded On Electronic Instruments By The Turkish Born Belgian Pianist Mehmet Okonsar

Abstract: Launching the Compact Disc recording of the “Musical Offering”, BWV 1079, by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Mehmet Okonsar on electronic instruments.

The Turkish born Belgian pianist, composer, conductor and musicologist Mehmet Okonsar presented his complete collection of the Canons as well as the significant “Sonata in Trio” by J. S. Bach’s “Musical Offering” on Compact disk.

The particular work is accomplished on many electronic and digital musical instruments and could call to mind the similar renderings by Wendy Carlos and Isao Tomita.

Nonetheless, on one side it is significantly less “clinical” as compared with Carlos and also tends to make a detailed use of “even larger” sound-spaces, and on the other side it is substantially less “affectionate” as compared with Tomita.

The big “Sonata in Trio” (on the Royal Theme) is accomplished with the help of sampled versions of historical instruments; usually “viol da gambas” as well as a “block-flute”. The option for instrumentation, which happens to be left towards the attention of the performers by the composer, plus the articulation of different parts in the very polyphonic pieces never ever hide but rather expose the actual linear designs very precisely.

The performances features an in depth knowledge of historical playing. Nonetheless Okonsar never may seem “snobbish”.

The actual record is internationally available through and its associate avenues.

All pieces can even be auditioned at Okonsar’s homepage: .

Mehmet Okonsar, born in Istanbul, Turkey studied music in the Brussels Royal Conservatory with Jean-Claude Vanden Eynden for the piano and Madame Jacqueline Fontyn for composition and orchestration. He furthermore studied along with a previous pupil of Olivier Messiaen: Claude Ballif from the Paris National Conservatory and with the well-known pianist Alexis Weissenberg within Switzerland.

In addition to his global concert carrier he is a prolific author. Okonsar is an independent musician, owner of the classical music and also musicology specialized blog-site:”inventor-musicae” together with the very first classical-music video portal: His total biography together with details could be read here:

Mehmet Okonsar has a noteworthy discography, almost all titles globally published. By J.S.Bach, Goldberg Variations; The Well-Tempered Klavier (complete in 3 CD set); The Art of Fugue (performed on organ and harpsichord) and The Musical Offering (performed on electronic instruments). An stimulating collection of solo piano, free style improvisations is “Shadowy Arcade”, a CD composed with pieces possessing stirring titles, in Okonsar’s one of a kind, personal musical style which is possibly not unlike contemporary modern-jazz styles.

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About David Ezra (Mehmet) Okonsar

David Ezra Okonsar, formerly Mehmet, pianist, composer, conductor and musicologist is the First Prize Winner at the International Young Virtuosos Competition, Antwerp, Belgium, 1982 and laureate of other prestigious international piano competitions such as the Gina Bachauer, Sixth Prize, Salt Lake City-UT, 1991 and J. S. Bach, Second Prize, Paris, France 1989. He is graduated from the Brussels Royal Conservatory of Music. His extensive discography includes a series of works by J. S. Bach, Liszt and Schumann. As a musicologist, writer and lecturer, Okonsar's writings are published in several music periodics. His essays and analyses are released in English and French, he is a lecturer on music, composing and technology.
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