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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.

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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TokyoNobuyuki Tsujii Japan Tour

Bach, Mozart, Beethoven
Nobuyuki Tsujii, Piano

VallettaThe Harmonious Blacksmith

Handel, Bach, Rameau, Duphly
Jory Vinikour, Harpsichord

VallettaChorales in Counterpoint

Bach, Franck, Busoni
Charlene Farrugia; Nazareno Ferrugio

AmsterdamJaroussky sings Bach and Telemann

Telemann, Bach
Freiburger Barockorchester; Philippe Jaroussky

VallettaHeaven's Sweetness

Bach
European Union Baroque Orchestra

VallettaInspired by Baroque

Bach, Pärt, Respighi, Pace, Piazzolla
Malta Philharmonic Orchestra; Michelle Castelletti; Carmine Lauri
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Lessons in sin from the Dunedin Consort

Meditations from the Bach family on the human condition in "Cantatas for the soul" performed by the Dunedin Consort in Ta Giezu Church at the Valletta International Baroque Festival.
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Musical Technicolor from the LSO and Fabien Gabel

A generous evening of heavyweight works with the London Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Fabien Gabel.
***11
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A glimpse down the corridors of time

Showcasing the talents of two highly proficient chamber musicians, this was a terrific insight into a lost world spanning the Baroque and early Classical periods.
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Solomon's Knot tackles the Mass in B minor

On the final day of Spitalfields Winter Festival, Solomon's Knot performed Bach's Mass in B minor with a wonderful sense of community which we the audience also shared.
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Shostakovich 4 glows with passion in Rotterdam

Shostakovich proves the highlight of a variable programme in Rotterdam. 
***11
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Daniel Hope and the ZKO shake up the Baroque

Featuring “greats” of the Italian and German Baroque, The Zurich Chamber Orchestra (ZKO) recently played a concert in the perfect venue.
***11
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-8014 Preludes and Fugues from 48 Vol. II 6 Little Preludes, BWV933-938A Million Kisses to My SkinAch Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein - Cantata, BWV2Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid - Cantata, BWV58Ach Herr, mich armen Suender - Cantata, BWV135Adagio in G major, BWV968Air on a G String, from Orchestral Suite BWV1068Allein Gott in der Hoeh' sei Ehr' - chorale, BWV260Allein 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, BWV663Alles nur nach Gottes Willen - Cantata, BWV72Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats - Cantata, BWV42An Wasserflüssen Babylon - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV653Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080Art of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IVArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IXArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus XIArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus XIVAscension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV11Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131aAus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Cantata, BWV38Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - chorale prelude in E Minor, BWV686Bist du bei mir, BWV508Bleib 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, BWV1051Canon a 4 perpetuus, BWV1073Cantata BWV156: AriosoCantata, BWV208: Aria "Schafe können sicher weiden"Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo, (On the departure of a most beloved brother), BWV992Cello sonata no. 1 in G major, BWV1027Cello 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, BWV4Christ lag in Todesbanden - chorale, BWV277Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam - Cantata, BWV7Christ, der du bist der helle Tag - chorale prelude in F Minor, BWV766Christen, aetzet diesen Tag - Cantata, BWV63Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Wie soll ich dich empfangen?Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV903Clavier - 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 3 violins in D major, BWV 1064RConcerto for 4 keyboards and strings in A minor, BWV1065Concerto for flute, violin and keyboard in A minor "Triple Concerto", BWV1044Concerto for oboe, violin and string orchestra in C minor, BWV1060RConcerto in D Minor, BWV596Concerto in D Minor, BWV596: SicilianoConcerto in D minor (after A. Marcello), BWV974Concerto in G Major, BWV592Darzu ist erschienen der Sohn Gottes - Cantata, BWV40Der Friede sei mit dir - Cantata, BWV158Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf - motet, BWV226Der Herr denket an uns (Psalm 115) - Cantata, BWV196Der Zufriedengestellte Aeolus - Cantata, BWV205Die Elenden sollen essen - Cantata, BWV75Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV678Double Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV1043Du Hirte Israel, hoere - Cantata, BWV104Duet in A Minor, BWV805Duet in E Minor, BWV802Duet in F Major, BWV803Duet in G Major, BWV804Easter Oratorio: Kömmt, eilet und laufet, BWV249Ein Herz, das seinem Jesum lebend weiss - Cantata, BWV134Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Cantata, BWV80English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV807Es erhub sich ein Streit - Cantata, BWV19Fantasia (Prelude) and Fugue in C Minor, BWV537Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in C major, BWV1033Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV1031Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV1031: Siciliano in G minorFlute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034French Suite no. 1 in D minor, BWV812French Suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV813French Suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV815Fugue on theme by Corelli in B Minor, BWV579Fugue, BWV1000Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Gelobet seist du, Jesu Christ - Cantata, BWV91Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde - Cantata, BWV201Gloria in excelsis Deo - Cantata, BWV191GoldGoldberg VariationsGoldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra)Goldberg Variations, BWV988Goldberg Variations, BWV988: AriaGott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild - Cantata, BWV79Gott, man lobet dich in der Stille - Cantata, BWV120Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm - Cantata, BWV171Herr Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht - chorale, BWV335Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben - Cantata, BWV147Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147: Jesu bleibet meine Fruede (Jesu, joy of man's desiring)Himmelskönig, sei willkommen - Cantata, BWV182Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen - Cantata, BWV49Ich habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Cantata, BWV21Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, Cantata, BWV156Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen - Cantata, BWV56Ihr werdet weinen und heulen - Cantata, BWV103InventionsItalian Concerto, BWV971Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! - Cantata, BWV51Jesu, meine Freude - chorale, BWV358Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe - Cantata, BWV22Keyboard Concerto no. 1 in D minor, BWV1052Keyboard Concerto no. 2 in E major, BWV1053Keyboard Concerto no. 3 in D major, BWV1054Keyboard 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, BWV229Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit - chorale, BWV371Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen (Hercules auf dem Scheidewege) - Cantata, BWV213Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen - Cantata, BWV123Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele - Cantata, BWV69Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) - motet, BWV230Lute suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV997Magnificat in D Major, BWV243Mass in B minor, BWV232Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus DeiMein Herze schwimmt im Blut - Cantata, BWV199Meinem Jesum lass ich nicht - Cantata, BWV124Mer hahn en neue Oberkeet (Peasant Cantata) - Cantata, BWV212Messe in h-Moll, BWV232: CrucifixusMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Dona nobis pacemMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Et incarnatus estMissa in A major, BWV234Missa in G major, BWV236Missa in G minor, BWV235Motet: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn - motet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 159Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and EmptinessNach dir, Herr, verlanget mich - Cantata, BWV150Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft - Cantata, BWV50Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Cantata, BWV62Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV659O Gott, du frommer Gott - chorale prelude in C Minor, BWV767O Mensch, bewein' dein' Suende gross (Orgel-Büchlein) in E Flat Major, BWV622Oboe Concerto in D minor, BWV1059ROboe 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 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. 6 in E minor, BWV830Passacaglia and fugue in C Minor, BWV582Preise Jerusalem, den Herrn - Cantata, BWV119Prelude and Fughetta in C Major, BWV870aPrelude and Fugue "Grand" in E Minor, BWV548Prelude and Fugue "St Anne" in E Flat Major, BWV552Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV545Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV547Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV539Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV541Prelude in C minor from "Six Little Preludes", BWV934Prelude in G Major, BWV568Prelude, BWV939Prelude, BWV999Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV998Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) - Cantata, BWV211Schwingt freudig euch empor - Cantata, BWV36Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem - Cantata, BWV159Sei Lob und Ehr dem hoechsten Gut - Cantata, BWV117Selection of Two and Three Part Inventions, BWV 772-801Selig ist der Mann (Lehms) - Cantata, BWV57Sinfonia - Cantata, BWV42Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - Cantata, BWV190Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet, BWV225Sonata for violin and continuo in G major, BWV1021Sonata 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. 6 in G major, BWV1019Sonata in D minor, BWV964St John Passion, BWV245St John Passion, BWV245: Lord Jesus, when we come to dieSt Matthew Passion, BWV244Suite Francesa en Do menor nº3, BWV813: AllemandaSuite no. 4 in E major, BWV1006aSüsser Trost, mein Jesus kömmt - Cantata, BWV151The Art of FugueThe Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) no. 6 in E major, BWV792Toccata and Fugue "Dorian" in D Minor, BWV538Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV565Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV540Toccata in C minor, BWV911Trio Sonata in C major, BWV1037Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1038Trio Sonata, BWV1039Trio sonata in C Major, BWV529Trio sonata in C Minor, BWV526Trio sonata in D Minor, BWV527Trio sonata in E Minor, BWV528Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn - Cantata, BWV152Vater unser Himmelreich - chorale prelude in B Minor, BWV682Vergnuegte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust - Cantata, BWV170Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust BWV 170Viola da gamba sonata no. 2 in D major, BWV1028Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV1041Violin Concerto in E major, BWV1042Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056RViolin Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne arr. BusoniViolin concerto in D minor, BWV1052RViolin partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004Violin partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: ChaconneViolin partita no. 3 in E major, BWV1006Violin partita no. 3 in E major, BWV1006: PreludioViolin sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV1001Vom Himmel hoch, da komm'ich her in D Major, BWV606Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (chorale variations) - chorale prelude in C Major, BWV769Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Cantata, BWV140Was mein Gott will, das g'scheh' allzeit - Cantata, BWV111Weichet nur, betruebte Schatten - Cantata, BWV202Weinen, 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. 1 in C Major, BWV846Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F# minor, BWV859Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV847Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E flat/D sharp minor, BWV853Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Cantata, BWV17Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29