WBUR FM, Boston
Bach - The Six Keyboard Partitas
August 5, 1987
It is with extreme pleasure that I recommend Ms. Diana Boyle to you; she is a splendid pianist and musician.
Recently I had the privilege of broadcasting her performances of the six Bach Partitas (over the course of several days) as part of a daily concert music program I produce for station WBUR in Boston. Even in a city virtually smothered in musical activity, the audience response to these performances was remarkable.
Callers to the station were struck, as I was, with the clarity and accuracy of the playing as well as its boldness. I should add that seldom, if ever, does a broadcast performance of Bach on the piano fail to spark a call of complaint regarding the “questionable suitability of the instrument in such repertoire”. None of the callers with whom I spoke raised this debatable point. Several, in fact, praised the playing specifically because it “sounded well” on the modern piano.
Refers to 1987 broadcast (first version) of Bach Partitas.