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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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WarsawPiano recital: Andreas Staier

Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Schubert
Andreas Staier, Harpsichord

LondonProm 47

Bach, Schumann, Frances-Hoad, Dove, Saleeb, Mendelssohn, Wesley
William Whitehead; Robert Quinney

LondonProm 49

Bach: St John Passion, BWV245
John Butt; Nicholas Mulroy; Matthew Brook; Sophie Bevan; Tim Mead

LondonProm 48

Schütz, Bach, Handel, Mendelssohn, Stainer, Gubaidulina, MacMillan
City of London Sinfonia; Sofi Jeannin; Thomas Elwin; Oliver Johnston; David Shipley; BBC Singers

KrakowBach's Cello Suites

Bach
Ivan Monighetti, Cello

AmsterdamIsabelle Faust & Akamus: Bach Violin Concertos

Bach
Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin; Isabelle Faust
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Prom 24: A monumental assault on the senses

Staggering performances from Esa-Pekka Salonen and Philharmonia in John Adams’s sonic journey, Naïve and Sentimental Music, and Marianne Crebassa exquisite in Ravel’s Shéhérazade.
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Silver threads and golden needles

Isabelle Faust joined the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin in finely honed performances of Bach violin concertos and a rarely performed version of an orchestral suite.
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Bach to basics at Bachfest Leipzig

Three concerts over one day at the opening weekend of Bachfest Leipzig combined Bach’s music with that of composers from Rachmaninov to Sibelius, but nothing matches the unrivalled bliss of Bach’s own music performed with total conviction.
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Cello Octet resounds at the Hagia Eirene

Berlin Philharmonic cellists combine with Turkish counterparts for a dazzling performance in Istanbul.
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Brahms and Elgar – Russian Style: Alexander Kniazev in Istanbul

Visiting Russian players offer sophisticated Brahms and sensitive Elgar in Istanbul.
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Víkingur Ólafsson Dazzles Istanbul With His Goldberg Variatons

Víkingur Ólafsson’s recordings were already positive cues going in, but I must admit, his performance of the Goldbergs exceeded my wildest expectations. 
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-8014 Duets, BWV820-805Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh' darein - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV741Ach 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, BWV662Am 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 XIArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus XIIArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus XIVAscension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV11Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - chorale setting, BWV1099Brandenburg 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 and fugue for small orchestraCantata, BWV169: Stirb in mir, Welt, und alle deine LiebeCantatas - unknownCapriccio in E Major, BWV993Capriccio 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. 1 in G major, BWV1007: PreludeCello suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV1008Cello suite no. 2 in D minor, BWV1008: PreludeCello suite no. 3 in C major, BWV1009Cello suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV1010Cello suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV1011Cello suite no. 5 in C minor, BWV1011: PreludeCello suite no. 6 in D major, BWV1012Christ lag in Todesbanden - Cantata, BWV4Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium)Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Jauchzet, frohlocket, auf preiset die TageChristmas Oratorio, BWV248: Wie soll ich dich empfangen?Christmas 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 uns selig macht (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Minor, BWV620Chromatic 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 2 keyboards unaccompanied in C major, BWV1061aConcerto for 3 keyboards and strings in C major, BWV1064Concerto for 3 keyboards and strings in D minor, BWV1063Concerto for 3 violins in D major, BWV1064RConcerto 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 C Major, BWV595Concerto in D Minor, BWV596Courante in G major, BWV840Das alte Jahre vergangen ist (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Minor, BWV614Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret - Cantata, BWV31Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich in G Major, BWV605Die 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, BWV1043Duet in A Minor, BWV805Duet in E Minor, BWV802Duet in F Major, BWV803Duet in G Major, BWV804Durch Dein Gefängnis, Gottes Sohn, muss uns die Freiheit kommen, BWV245Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Cantata, BWV80Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - adaptation for organ in C Major, BWV Anh. 49English Suite no. 1 in A major, BWV806English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV807English Suite no. 4 in F major, BWV809English 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 C minor, BWV562aFantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in A major, BWV1032Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV1030Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034Flute Sonata in G minor, BWV1020French Suite no. 1 in D minor, BWV812French Suite no. 3 in B minor, BWV814French Suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV815French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816French Suites I - VI, BWV812 - 817Fugue in C Major, BWV545Fugue on theme by Corelli in B Minor, BWV579Fugue, BWV1026Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Geist und Seele wird verwirret - Cantata, BWV35Gelobet 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, BWV18Gloria in excelsis Deo - Cantata, BWV191Goldberg 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 Gott, dich loben wir - Cantata, BWV16Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben - Cantata, BWV102Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht - Cantata, BWV105Herz 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)Herzlich lieb hab ich dich, o Herr - chorale setting, BWV1115Ich elender Mensch, wer wird mich erloesen - Cantata, BWV48Ich freue mich in dir - Cantata, BWV133Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen - Cantata, BWV49Ich habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Cantata, BWV21Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (Orgel-Büchlein) in F Minor, BWV639Ich 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, BWV608Italian Concerto, BWV971Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! - Cantata, BWV51Jesu, der du meine Seele - Cantata, BWV78Jesu, mein Freude (Orgel-Büchlein) in C Minor, BWV610Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Johannes-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, Jesu, komm! - motet, BWV229Kommst du nun, Jesu, von Himmel herunter - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV650Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit - chorale, BWV371Le Jeune Homme et la MortLiebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Major, BWV633Lobe 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, BWV232Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus DeiMeine Seele erhebet den Herrn - chorale, BWV324Missa BrevisMissa in F major, BWV233Missa in G minor, BWV235Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin - Cantata, BWV125Motet: 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 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 in C Major, BWV545Prelude in G Major, BWV568Schmucke dich, o liebe Seele - adaptation for organ in F Major, BWV Anh. 74Schmuecke dich, o liebe Seele - chorale prelude in E Flat Major, BWV654Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) - Cantata, BWV211Schwingt freudig euch empor - Cantata, BWV36Sei gegruesset, Jesu guetig - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV768Selon désirShort Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV553Sinfonia from Cantata 249 (1725)Singet 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, BWV244Suite in F minor, BWV823Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV1067aSuite para violonchelo núm. 3 en do mayor, BWV1009: PreludioSuite para violonchelo núm. 4 en mi bemol mayor, BWV1010: PreludioThe Art of FugueThe Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051The FugueThe 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 D minor, BWV565 arr. BusoniToccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV540Toccata in C minor, BWV911Toccata in D major, BWV912Toccata in D minor, BWV913Toccata in F sharp minor, BWV910Toccata in G major, BWV916Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV564Trio Sonata, BWV1039Trio sonata in C Major, BWV529Trio 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, BWV170Viola da gamba sonata no. 2 in D major, BWV1028Viola 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 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 partita no. 3 in E major, BWV1006: Gavotte en RondeauViolin 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 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 auf, ruft uns die Stimme - chorale prelude in E Flat Major, BWV645Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! - Cantata, BWV70aWarum betruebst du dich, mein Herz? - Cantata, BWV138Weichet 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. 8 in E flat/D sharp minor, BWV853Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 17 in A Flat Major, BWV886Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 18 in G# Minor, BWV887Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV871Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E Flat Major, BWV876Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in D sharp minor, BWV877Wenn wir in hoechsten Nothen sein (Orgel-Büchlein) in G Major, BWV641Widerstehe doch der Suende - Cantata, BWV54Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Cantata, BWV17Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29: SinfoniaWir glauben all' an einen Gott - chorale prelude in E Minor, BWV681Wir muessen durch viel Truebsal - Cantata, BWV146Wär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit - chorale, BWV257