Paul Orgel

Paul Orgel, pianist

Mar 1, 2019
Paul Orgel - used with permission

Pianist Paul Orgel joined forces with Vermont Public Radio to create a project called "Alchemy of Genius," pairing selected Nocturnes by Frederic Chopin with Preludes and Fugues by J.S. Bach from The Well-Tempered Clavier Book II. All of the recordings plus some insights into these two composers and their works are available here.

All images U.S. Public Domain - Collage by James Stewart / Vermont Public Radio

There are some things that just naturally go together; peanut butter and jelly, or macaroni and cheese. You'll find unusual pairings as well; strawberry and tomato, kiwi and oysters, or olives and white chocolate. Two things that seem to be quite different can contrast or complement each other. That’s what this project is all about. By pairing two composers, separated by a century, geography, philosophy and style, we can hear something new and unique as a result.