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January 27, 2008 4:25 PM | | Comments (2)



Hi Plain English: I have completed a new film on Bach which was released on DVD just last week. I am writing in hopes that you might consider reviewing this new production — BACH & friends.

The two-hour documentary features Joshua Bell, Bobby McFerrin, Philip Glass, Béla Fleck, Hilary Hahn, Edgar Meyer, Simone Dinnerstein, Chris Thile, Manuel Barrueco, The Swingle Singers, John Bayless, Matt Haimovitz, Peter Schickele, Richard Stoltzman and the Emerson String Quartet. These world-class Bach players share their innermost thoughts and personal reflections on the power and genius of Bach’s music and perform some of his greatest masterpieces.

I am a Peabody graduate turned filmmaker and have written, produced, and directed over twenty documentaries, including productions for PBS, CNN and HBO. I received an Emmy nomination and my films have been honored by dozens of awards from major film festivals around the world.

The three-year journey of making BACH & friends started at the EG'07 conference and returned this year to Monterey for EG's celebration of it's completion. Representing BACH & friends, Richard Stoltzman played the Chromatic Fantasy to a standing ovation. Last year at EG, Joshua Bell played the Chaconne.

Unbelievably, this year Josh caught an early morning flight to Monterey the day after his wonderful Live From Lincoln Center PBS broadcast and arrived in time to also represent BACH & friends at EG. Lots of interest and Buzz. It couldn't have gone better.

If you are interested in a promo DVD, please email me your address and I will send one along.

Warm regards,

Mike Lawrence

6708 Danville Avenue
Baltimore, MD 21222
(410) 940-8527 (iPhone)

Hi Paul,

I got the link to your web-site through Christopher MacLehose, whose list I currently look after.

I was wondering if you would like us to put you on our review mailing list? If so, please could you email me and give me the address where I might send the review copies to?

I look forward to hearing back rfom you in the not too distant future.

Yours Sincerely,

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