The Willamette Week staff have offered a few recommendations
for the Northwest Film Center's 26th annual Reel Music Fest starting this weekend. May I suggest Pere Portabella's well-received film The Silence Before Bach
(8 pm Wednesday, Jan. 21). Portabella has captured Bach's music in performance pieces ranging from the historical to the modern (think a subway car plus a phalanx of cellos). In the following trailer, organist Christian Brembeck plays old J.S. himself in a performance of the Prelude in A Minor, at Bach's original hangout of St. Thomas Church in Leipzig. Hardcore.
The Silence Before Bach
plays at the Whitsell Auditorium
, 8 pm Wednesday, Jan. 21, on a double-bill with Ken Russell's The Planets by Gustav Holst
at 7 pm.
Image from The Silence Before Bach