Until Friday evening in my home studio.
One of my piano students preparing for his Grade 9 exam later this summer is learning the Bach Sinfonia No. 11 in G minor BWV 797. He needed to develop a greater sense of baroque style into his playing. Normally I would assign students to listen to a few recordings to learn different approaches to the style.
Then I realized that with access to the Naxos library I could find and play multiple recordings during the lesson within minutes. Out came the laptop (I have a home wifi connection) and did a search for Bach Sinfonias. The results: there are no less than 8 recordings of the sinfonias available on the library. I then selected these recordings of the work and played them through the laptop's speakers:
- Evgeny Korolov on the Haenssler label
- a live recording of Glenn Gould on CBC Records
- Andre Laberge playing harpsichord on Analekta
- Elizabeth Joye playing harpsichord on Alpha
- Wolfgang Rubsam on Naxos
What I can't emphasize enough is that in the days before internet services like this, you would have had to either buy the recordings or take them out from a music library in order to hear the interpretations. I was able access the online library and find the recordings via the search function within a couple of minutes. Now it's back to the library to discover even more ways to use it in the studio.