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The Bach Passions: An Introduction

There can be few more evocative words in music than ‘passion’. As well as its familiar English definition, in a musical context it also suggests the commemoration of that most emotive Christian story, the journey of Jesus to the cross. The word has also come to be all but synonymous in music with its two greatest exemplars: the St. John and St. Matthew Passions of Johann Sebastian Bach.

Baroque Portrait: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

If I’m feeling a bit down, and in need of a quick pick-me-up, my musical drug of choice is Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major. After just a few bars of that cheerfully busy theme, I’ll be starting to smile, and by the time the trumpet starts its insane trilling my spirits are well and truly lifted. 

The Goldbergs: Bach’s magical inventiveness

As part of Baroque Month, an exploration by Fran Wilson of Bach's incredible Goldberg Variations... fertile terrain for those who dare to walk there.

Handel or Bach? The great Baroque debate

For Bachtrack’s Baroque Music Month, musicologist and passionate Handel advocate Corrina Connor and Margaret Steinitz, Artistic Director of the London Bach Society, debate the relative merits of their preferred Baroque composer.
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BudapestJ. S. Bach: Mass in B minor

Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV232
Orfeo Orchestra; György Vashegyi; Sunhae Im; Polina Pasztircsák; Damien Guillon; David Szigetvári

ParisKarol Mossakowski

Bach, Mendelssohn, Wagner, Rachmaninov, Liszt, Chopin
Karol Mossakowski, Organ

LondonBach and Handel by candlelight | London Musical Arts Ensemble

Handel, Pachelbel, Vivaldi, Bach, Purcell
London Musical Arts Ensemble; John Landor

LondonHenry Fairs

Bach C.P.E., Bach, Reger, Mozart
Henry Fairs, Organ

LondonMusic-in-Motion Ensemble & Gildas Quartet, directed by John Landor (Evening)

Bach, Vivaldi, Pärt, Janáček, Purcell, Elgar
Music-in-Motion Ensemble; Gildas Quartet; John Landor

LondonMusic-in-Motion Ensemble & Gildas Quartet, directed by John Landor (Matinee)

Bach, Vivaldi, Pärt, Janáček, Purcell, Elgar
Music-in-Motion Ensemble; Gildas Quartet; John Landor
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Dmitriev brings a taste of St Petersburg to London

Alexander Dmitriev and the St Petersburg Symphony Orchestra paraded passionate and colourful Tchaikovsky, while the masterful Peter Donohoe gave a potent and intricate Rachmaninov.
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East meets West: Ligeti, Dvořák, and Schumann with Gimeno and the Boston Symphony

Gustavo Gimeno, making his Symphony Hall debut, impressed in a program opening with Ligeti's Concert Românesc.
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Giltburg delivers thoughtful Tchaikovsky

Giltburg impresses with his warm sound and thoughtfulness in Tchaikovsky's First Piano Concerto while Martín and the NSO revel in Schoenberg's transcript of Brahms' Piano Quartet no. 1 
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Gergiev and his Mariinsky players spin stories at Cadogan Hall

In this second Mariinsky concert Kristóf Baráti was a fine but miscast soloist in Stravinsky’s violin concerto, with rich narrative pickings from Rimsky-Korsakov and his illustrious pupil.
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Anomalies and good cheer in Hong Kong

What started with anomalies with the Hong Kong Phil ended in triumphant good cheer.
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Toothsome Delights with the Boston Symphony

An infectious contemporary work by Sierra sits comfortably with Rachmaninov and Tchaikovsky. 
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-801Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein - Cantata, BWV2Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh' darein - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV741Ach Herr, mich armen Suender - Cantata, BWV135Ach bleib bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV649Air on a G String, from Orchestral Suite BWV1068Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' - chorale prelude in A Major, BWV662Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' - chorale prelude in A Major, BWV664Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr' - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV663Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats - Cantata, BWV42Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV42: SinfoniaAn Wasserflüssen Babylon - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV653Aria variata in A Minor, BWV989Arrangement of concerto in D major, BWV972Arrangement of concerto, BWV973Arrangement of concerto, BWV975Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IIArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IIIArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IVArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IXAus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - chorale setting, BWV1099Bleib bei uns - Cantata, BWV6Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 in F major, BWV1046Brandenburg Concerto no. 2 in F major, BWV1047Brandenburg Concerto no. 3 in G major, BWV1048Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 in G major, BWV1049Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major, BWV1050Brandenburg Concerto no. 6 in B flat major, BWV1051Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot - Cantata, BWV39Canon and fugue for small orchestraCanons on a Goldberg GroundCantata, BWV169: Stirb in mir, Welt, und alle deine LiebeCapriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, (On the departure of a most beloved brother), BWV992Cello Sonata no. 3 in G minor, BWV1029Cello sonata no. 2 in D major, BWV1028Cello suite no. 1 in G major, BWV1007Cello suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV1008Cello suite no. 3 in C major, BWV1009Cello suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV1010Cello suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV1011Cello suite no. 6 in D major, BWV1012ChaconneChrist lag in Todesbanden - Cantata, BWV4Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium)Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf preiset die TageChristmas Oratorio: Schließe mein Herze, BWV 248Christum wir sollen loben schon (Fughetta) - organ chorale in D Minor, BWV696Christum wir sollen loben schon (Orgel-Büchlein) in D Minor, BWV611Christus, der ist mein Leben - Cantata, BWV95Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV903Ciaccona in D minorClavier-Übung III, German Organ MassConcerto for 2 keyboards and strings in C major, BWV1061Concerto for 2 keyboards and strings in C minor, BWV1060Concerto for 2 keyboards and strings in C minor, BWV1062Concerto for 2 keyboards unaccompanied in C major, BWV1061aConcerto for 3 keyboards and strings in D minor, BWV1063Concerto for 3 violins in D major, BWV1064RConcerto for flute, violin and keyboard in A minor "Triple Concerto", BWV1044Concerto for oboe, violin and string orchestra in C minor, BWV1060RConcerto in C Major, BWV594Concerto in C Major, BWV595Concerto in D Minor, BWV596Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes - Cantata, BWV40Das alte Jahre vergangen ist (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Minor, BWV614Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf - motet, BWV226Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret - Cantata, BWV31Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich in G Major, BWV605Die Elenden sollen essen - Cantata, BWV75Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes - Cantata, BWV76Die Kunst der Fuge BWV1080: AuswahlDies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV679Double Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV1043Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ - Cantata, BWV116Duet in A Minor, BWV805Duet in E Minor, BWV802Duet in F Major, BWV803Duet in G Major, BWV804Easter Oratorio: Kömmt, eilet und laufet, BWV249Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Cantata, BWV80English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV807English Suite no. 6 in D minor, BWV811English Suites I - VI, BWV806 - 811Es erhub sich ein Streit - Cantata, BWV19Es ist das Heil uns kommen her - Cantata, BWV9Fantasia (Prelude) and Fugue in C Minor, BWV537Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV562Fantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in A major, BWV1032Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV1030Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV1031: Siciliano in G minorFlute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816French Suites I - VI, BWV812 - 817Fugue on theme by Corelli in B Minor, BWV579Fugue, BWV1026Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ (Fughetta) - organ chorale in C Major, BWV697Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ - chorale prelude, BWV722Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ in G Major, BWV604Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt - Cantata, BWV18Goldberg VariationsGoldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra)Goldberg Variations, BWV988Goldberg Variations, BWV988: AriaGott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild - Cantata, BWV79Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit - Cantata, BWV106Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV655Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott - Cantata, BWV127Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht - Cantata, BWV105Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147: Jesu bleibet meine Fruede (Jesu, joy of man's desiring)Himmelskönig, sei willkommen - Cantata, BWV182Ich freue mich in dir - Cantata, BWV133Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen - Cantata, BWV49Ich habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Cantata, BWV21Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, Cantata, BWV156Ich steh' an deiner Krippen hier - hymn, BWV469Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen - Cantata, BWV56Ihr werdet weinen und heulen - Cantata, BWV103In dir ist Freude (Orgel-Büchlein) in G Major, BWV615In dulci jubilo (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Major, BWV608In dulci jubilo - chorale, BWV368Italian Concerto, BWV971Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! - Cantata, BWV51Jesu, der du meine Seele - Cantata, BWV78Jesu, mein Freude (Orgel-Büchlein) in C Minor, BWV610Jesu, meine Freude - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV753Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Jesus schlaeft, was soll ich hoffen? - Cantata, BWV81Johannes-PassionKantate “Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen”, BWV 51Keyboard Concerto no. 1 in D minor, BWV1052Keyboard Concerto no. 2 in E major, BWV1053Keyboard Concerto no. 4 in A major, BWV1055Keyboard Concerto no. 5 in F minor, BWV1056Keyboard Concerto no. 6 in F major, BWV1057Keyboard Concerto no. 8 in D minor, BWV1059Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott - chorale prelude in F Major, BWV651Komm, Jesu, komm! - motet, BWV229Komm, du süsse Todenstunde - Cantata, BWV161Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV650Le Jeune Homme et la MortLiebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben ? - Cantata, BWV8Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen - Cantata, BWV123Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele - Cantata, BWV143Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) - motet, BWV230Lobt Gott, ihr Christen allzugleich (Orgel-Büchlein) in G Major, BWV609Lobt Gott, ihr Christen, allzugleich - chorale prelude, BWV732Lute suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV997Lute suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV995Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit - Cantata, BWV115Magnificat in D Major, BWV243Magnificat in D Minor, BWV733Magnificat in E flat, BWV243aMan singet mit Freuden vom Sieg - Cantata, BWV149Mass in B minor, BWV232Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut - Cantata, BWV199Meine Seele erhebet den Herrn - chorale, BWV324Minuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114Missa BrevisMissa in A major, BWV234Missa in F major, BWV233Missa in G major, BWV236Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin - Cantata, BWV125Mitten wir im Leben sind/​ Bach6CellosuitenMotet: Der Gerechte kommt um, BWV deestMotet: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn - motet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 159Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott - Cantata, BWV101Nun danket alle Gott (incomplete) - Cantata, BWV192Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Cantata, BWV61Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV659Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV660Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV661Nun ruhen alle Waelder - chorale, BWV392O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort - Cantata, BWV20O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort - Cantata, BWV60O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht - motet, BWV118O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe - Cantata, BWV34O holder Tag, erwuenschte Zeit - Cantata, BWV210Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A major, BWV1055ROrchestral Suite in D major, No.3 BWV1068: OvertureOrchestral Suite no. 1 in C major, BWV1066Orchestral Suite no. 2 in B minor, BWV1067Orchestral Suite no. 3 in D major, BWV1068Orchestral Suite no. 4 in D major, BWV1069Partita in A major, BWV832Partita in A minor for flute, BWV1013Partita in B minor, (Overture in the French Style), BWV831Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV825Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV826Partita no. 3 in A minor, BWV827Partita no. 4 in D major, BWV828Partita no. 5 in G major, BWV829Partita no. 6 in E minor, BWV830Passacaglia and fugue in C Minor, BWV582Pastorale in F Major, BWV590Prelude and Fugue "Grand" in E Minor, BWV548Prelude and Fugue "St Anne" in E Flat Major, BWV552Prelude and Fugue in A Major, BWV536Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV543Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV544Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV545Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV547Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV532Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV541Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) - Cantata, BWV211Schwingt freudig euch empor - Cantata, BWV36Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem - Cantata, BWV159Sei gegruesset, Jesu guetig - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV768Selon désirShort Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV553Sie werden aus Saba alle kommen - Cantata, BWV65Sinfonia - Cantata, BWV42Sinfonia from Cantata 249 (1725)Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - Cantata, BWV190Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet, BWV225Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard in G minor, BWV1030bSonata for violin and keyboard no. 1 in B minor, BWV1014Sonata for violin and keyboard no. 2 in A major, BWV1015Sonata for violin and keyboard no. 3 in E major, BWV1016Sonata for violin and keyboard no. 4 in C minor, BWV1017Sonata for violin and keyboard no. 5 in F minor, BWV1018Sonata for violin and keyboard no. 6 in G major, BWV1019Sonata in A minor, BWV965Sonata in D minor, BWV964St John Passion, BWV245St John Passion, BWV245: Es ist vollbrachtSt Mark Passion, BWV247St Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Kommt, ihr Tochter, helft mir klagenSt Matthew Passion, BWV 244: O Haupt voll Blut und WundenSt Matthew Passion, BWV244St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich mein GottSuite in F minor, BWV823The Art of FugueThe Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus XIXThe Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079: Trio Sonata for flute, violin and continuoThe Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV1083Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV540Toccata in C minor, BWV911Toccata in D major, BWV912Toccata in D minor, BWV913Toccata in E minor, BWV914Toccata in G major, BWV916Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV564Trio Sonata, BWV1039Trio sonata in C Major, BWV529Trio sonata in D Minor, BWV527Trio sonata in E Minor, BWV528Trio sonata in G Major, BWV530Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - Cantata, BWV110Valet will ich dir geben - chorale prelude, BWV735Valet will ich dir geben - chorale prelude, BWV736Vergnuegte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust - Cantata, BWV170Verschiedene Canones [14], BWV1087Viola da gamba sonata no. 3 in G minor, BWV1029Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV1041Violin Concerto in E major, BWV1042Violin Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne arr. BusoniViolin Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne, arr. BrahmsViolin Sonata in C minor, BWV1024Violin concerto in D minor, BWV1052RViolin partita no. 1 in B minor, BWV1002Violin partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004Violin partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: ChaconneViolin partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: GigueViolin partita no. 3 in E major, BWV1006Violin sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV1001Violin sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV1003Violin sonata no. 3 in C major, BWV1005Vom Himmel hoch, da komm ich her - organ chorale in C Major, BWV700Vom Himmel hoch, da komm'ich her in D Major, BWV606Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schaar in G Minor, BWV607Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (chorale variations) - chorale prelude in C Major, BWV769Vor deinen Thron tret' ich - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV668Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Cantata, BWV140Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! - Cantata, BWV70aWeichet nur, betruebte Schatten - Cantata, BWV202Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV248: Fallt mit Danken, fallt mit LobenWeihnachtsoratorium, BWV248: Herrscher des Himmels, erhöre das LallenWeihnachtsoratorium, BWV248: Und es waren Hirten in derselben GegendWeinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen - Cantata, BWV12Well-Tempered Clavier (24 Preludes and Fugues) - Book 1Well-Tempered Clavier (24 Preludes and Fugues) - Book 2Well-Tempered Clavier (48 Preludes and Fugues), BWV846-BWV893Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue no. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV849Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV870Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV871Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 6 in D Minor, BWV875Wenn wir in hoechsten Nothen sein (Orgel-Büchlein) in G Major, BWV641Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende! - Cantata, BWV27Widerstehe doch der Suende - Cantata, BWV54Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern - Cantata, BWV1Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29: SinfoniaWir glauben all' an einen Gott - chorale prelude in E Minor, BWV681