Bassist Mads Vinding and pianist Poul Rosenbaum
New interpretations of classical piano music in the cross-over between classical music and jazz, where division into specific styles is of no interest and limiting.

There is a spiritual, deep down, unconscious connection between all great music, no matter which genre and sound. Today we have a quite informal and open understanding of tradition, and the importance of making the moment of artistic creation unforgettable, real.

JOHAN SEBASTIAN BACH – the giant of all composers – has been into all corners of the universe of music. His music belongs to the most durable of all times. Bach`s music has been arranged for and played on innumerable different instruments during the years. Many musicians have been inspired to try out new ways of performing the music of Bach and occasionally Bach himself has not indicated precisely which instruments the music was meant for.
However, the admiration for the musical creative powers of Bach has grown constantly. Many of the compositions by Bach have both a rhythmic and a melodious impulse and intensity which has never been surpassed.
The program comprise many pieces, longer and shorter, Preludes, Partitas, Menuets, Italian Concerto, and other compositions from the treasury of Bach.
The Polish composer Frederyk Chopin (1810-1839) was one of the heroes in romantic western music tradition. Especially his unique talent for composing – and performing – music for the piano is known and admired, and has in many ways affected every music lover all over the world.
His music speaks directly from one heart to another, from one soul to all mankind.
His works comes to life through performers of all different kinds. From the top international super star virtuoso, to the beginner music student, who almost just started to learn the secrets of piano playing.This CD presents Chopin’s music in a very special arrangement. The music is played by piano and bass. A sound which Chopin himself probably not even dreamt of. But it is a sound, and a musical language which is a child of our times, combining the “classical” tradition with the “jazz and improvisational” tradition in a new way.
Well known master pieces are renewed and brought to life in a fresh and untraditional form.

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Review by Poul Lund
Aa Church Thursday, July 19th
Poul Rosenbaum (piano), Mads Vinding (double bass) playing the works of Johann Sebastian Bach. There were many moments during this concert where you missed the time and place…
Only one other pianist plays today with such elegance and gracefulness with such a complete overview, and that is the Hungarian-Austrian Andras Schiff.
At first one could fear that the distance between the grand piano and the double bass would be too great: the piano with its high notes and the bass playing down “on the ground.” But the duo found happily each other quite quickly during tonight’s first work, an interpretation of Bach’s Partita Nr. 1 in B major. It then became – it almost seemed -a long, uninterrupted liquid rhythm.
When Poul Rosenbaum was now able to give left hands free – the obligate continuo-voice was taken over by Mads vinding – came instead floating play, fugue-like sounds full of character, colors and imagination.
And Poul Rosenbaums/Mads Vinding’s concentration around the work, their empathy with the intrinsic character of the work, made the interpretation of the Partita a huge experience.
Ingenious game.
In “The Well-tempered piano” (BWV 846-893), Johann Sebastian Bach has brilliantly toyed with the up and down scales of the pieces. It provides space for a slow build-up of the piece, it provides space for fugue-like elements, it provides space for fine chiselings and, in certain piece’s centre and end parts, for cadences.
All of this we got in the duo’s interpretation of five of the Preludes, a middlepart in Dflat major, encircled by four in minor, where in particular the last two, in F and D minor were almost singing (cantabile) in their expression.
For example the D minor Prelude ended with a vibratory chord from the doublebass almost like a song in itself — which sounded quite long in the room.
Then came another star moment (there were actually only such moments) with Rosenbaum/Vinding’s warm and empathetic interpretation of French Suite Nr. 2 (C Minor, BWV 813).
A number of dance movements form this work where I particularly noticed Courante, -Air and the Menuet. Interpretations with bite and, indeed, an almost empathic ability to get close to the music, and where the duo played as if they were one person.
In the last piece – personally I could have listened several more hours – “Italian concert”,  one sat for a moment and waited for if not two so experienced jazz folk would be tempted to play more rhythmically free, more improvising?
Ah well, it came!
With the last movement Presto, after an infinitely beautifully interpreted middle movement, the duo’s solid jazz background came to full expression.
Wonderful, and I’m sure Father Bach would have smiled, he had been in the Aa church on Thursday.
A different but warm and dedicated bid for the majestic- and relevant -music of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Stenløse Music Arena, 19. January by Karin Röh
Pure delight!  We got a Bach program so the Gods and Johann Sebastian had to dance and applaud from excitement.
Like this and no different should Bach be played.
Poul Rosenbaum, a classical pianist, had joined with Mads Vinding, world-class jazz bass player.  Vinding had arranged Bach’s harpsichord pieces and played with light electric reinforcement that made the bass sing. Sometimes he followed or took over the basspart  from the piano, sometimes the right hand voice and added his own – equilibristic and elegant as only a jazz bassist with format could play it, always within the style and in the spirit of Bach. At some places he added extra dynamics with  “quirky” emphasis, drawn from jazz, and some bold finishes that would undoubtedly have delighted Bach. Often one hears Bach’s music played with protestantic squareness, skillfully played, but boring in length.
This was vivid, this was spirit. Thanks to the music Arena! The large audience thanked the musicians with tremendous enthusiasm.
Karin Röh

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Bassist Mads Vinding and pianist Poul Rosenbaum
New interpretations of classical piano music in the cross-over between classical music and jazz, where division into specific styles is of no interest and limiting.

There is a spiritual, deep down, unconscious connection between all great music, no matter which genre and sound. Today we have a quite informal and open understanding of tradition, and the importance of making the moment of artistic creation unforgettable, real.

JOHAN SEBASTIAN BACH – the giant of all composers – has been into all corners of the universe of music. His music belongs to the most durable of all times. Bach`s music has been arranged for and played on innumerable different instruments during the years. Many musicians have been inspired to try out new ways of performing the music of Bach and occasionally Bach himself has not indicated precisely which instruments the music was meant for.
However, the admiration for the musical creative powers of Bach has grown constantly. Many of the compositions by Bach have both a rhythmic and a melodious impulse and intensity which has never been surpassed.
The program comprise many pieces, longer and shorter, Preludes, Partitas, Menuets, Italian Concerto, and other compositions from the treasury of Bach.
The Polish composer Frederyk Chopin (1810-1839) was one of the heroes in romantic western music tradition. Especially his unique talent for composing – and performing – music for the piano is known and admired, and has in many ways affected every music lover all over the world.
His music speaks directly from one heart to another, from one soul to all mankind.
His works comes to life through performers of all different kinds. From the top international super star virtuoso, to the beginner music student, who almost just started to learn the secrets of piano playing.This CD presents Chopin’s music in a very special arrangement. The music is played by piano and bass. A sound which Chopin himself probably not even dreamt of. But it is a sound, and a musical language which is a child of our times, combining the “classical” tradition with the “jazz and improvisational” tradition in a new way.
Well known master pieces are renewed and brought to life in a fresh and untraditional form.