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George Voros: Bach To Me

If you like your prog a bit baroque ‘n’ roll…

Ask Steve Hackett, Rick Wakeman, anyone worth their salt who knows the deep history: Bach is The Daddy, Bach is music’s Shakespeare.

From Wendy Carlos’ groundbreaking Switched-On Bach to Craig Leon’s current Bach To Moog, there’s an affiliation between that most totemic of prog tools, the Moog synth, and the big JS. The latest tribute comes from seasoned pro drummer George Voros, who has assembled a crack troupe of prog artists to bring some of his music to life, including John Mitchell (Arena, It Bites) and Duncan Mackay (10cc, Camel). Like ELP’s Copland cop Fanfare, Bach To Me taps into that sweet spot where prog rock and classical meet and fuel each other nicely. A heraldic Mellotron ushers in a fanciful, twisty-turny synth read of Jesu – Joy Of Man’s Desiring; there’s a tricksy swing to the piano-led Trio Sonata (3rd Movement) and, notwithstanding guitarist Steve Agnew’s frightful Malmsteen-lite cadenzas in the third movement, the Brandenburg Concerto No.1 is a solid musical achievement. And Voros the drummer – old school, Bruford-smart – is the beating heart of this lovingly rendered passion project.

Grant Moon is the News Editor for Prog and has been a contributor to the magazine since its launch in 2009. A music journalist for over 20 years, Grant writes regularly for titles including Classic Rock and Total Guitar, and his CV also includes stints as a radio producer/presenter and podcast host. His first book, 'Big Big Train - Between The Lines', is out now through Kingmaker Publishing.