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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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AmsterdamQuirine Viersen plays Bach's Cello Suites

Bach
Quirine Viersen, Cello

LuganoJulia Fischer, Daniel Müller-Schott

Kodály, Schubert, Bach, Ravel
Julia Fischer; Daniel Müller-Schott

New York CityMusic Before 1800: Diderot String Quartet

Bach, Mendelssohn
Ensemble Diderot

MunichResidence Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Debussy, Beethoven
Maximilian Randlinger; Andreas Skouras

PoznańStars Of World Stages Genius’ Passion Wojciech Drabowicz In Memoriam Concert To Mark 10th Death Anniversary

Bach: St Matthew Passion, BWV244
Poznan Philharmonic Orchestra; Reinhard Goebel; Regula Mühlemann; Ingeborg Danz; Marcel Beekman; Colin Balzer

LondonLanglais, Howells, Eben, Bach, Gárdonyi, Widor

Langlais, Howells, Eben, Bach, Gárdonyi, Widor
Oliver Hancock, Organ
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Soul-searching: Sir András Schiff in Tokyo

With thought-inspiring programming, Schiff played the penultimate sonatas of Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, and Schubert.
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Plumbing subterranean depths in Birmingham

John Malkovich’s provocative new music-theatre work reminds us all of the power of music – in the wrong hands.
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Gil Shaham thrills with vivacious Barber

Gil Shaham and Juraj Valčuha join the San Francisco Symphony for electrifying performances reminding listeners of the true joy of dialogic music-making and the excitement of high-caliber ensemble collaboration.
*****
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An early start to Easter: Bach in Oslo

The Balthasar-Neumann-Chor and Ensemble performed a deeply moving, if slightly uneven, St John Passion, setting off the Oslo Church Music Festival.
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Baroque Dance Party with Johannes Fischer

International percussionist Johannes Fischer brought almost everything but the kitchen sink to the Scottish Ensemble’s lively Baroque Dance Party.
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In Cleveland, a politically fraught St John Passion

A high-minded approach to Bach's masterpiece is undercut by an uneven performance.
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-8014 Preludes and Fugues from 48 Vol. II Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh' darein - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV741Ach 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 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, BWV42Art 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 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, BWV131aAve Maria from Prelude no. 1 in C MajorBist 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, 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. 3 in G minor, BWV1029Cello 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, BWV1012Cello suite no. 6 in D major, BWV1012: SarabandeChaconneChrist lag in Todesbanden - Cantata, BWV4Christ lag in Todesbanden - chorale, BWV277Christ, der du bist der helle Tag - chorale prelude in F Minor, BWV766Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christmas 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 2 keyboards unaccompanied in C major, BWV1061aConcerto 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 (after A. Marcello), BWV974Concerto in G Major, BWV592Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf - motet, BWV226Der Herr denket an uns (Psalm 115) - Cantata, BWV196Der Zufriedengestellte Aeolus - Cantata, BWV205Die Freude reget sich - Cantata, BWV36bDie Kunst der Fuge BWV1080: AuswahlDies 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, BWV249English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV807English Suite no. 6 in D minor, BWV811Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten - Cantata, BWV172Es erhub sich ein Streit - Cantata, BWV19Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV1031: Siciliano in G minorFlute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034French Suite no. 1 in D minor, BWV812French Suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV815French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816French Suite no. 6 in E major, BWV817Fugue on theme by Corelli in B Minor, BWV579Fugue, BWV1000Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde - Cantata, BWV201GoldGoldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra)Goldberg Variations, BWV988Goldberg Variations, BWV988: AriaGott, man lobet dich in der Stille - Cantata, BWV120Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm - Cantata, BWV171Herz 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, BWV156Ihr werdet weinen und heulen - Cantata, BWV103InventionsItalian Concerto, BWV971Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! - Cantata, BWV51Jesu, der du meine Seele - Cantata, BWV78Jesu, meine Freude - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV753Jesu, meine Freude - chorale setting, BWV1105Jesu, meine Freude - chorale, BWV358Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe - Cantata, BWV22Johannes-PassionKeyboard Concerto no. 1 in D minor, BWV1052Keyboard 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, BWV371Kyrie, Gott heiliger Geist - chorale prelude in C Minor, BWV671Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen (Hercules auf dem Scheidewege) - Cantata, BWV213Le Jeune Homme et la MortLiebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Major, BWV633Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele - Cantata, BWV69Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) - motet, BWV230Lute Suite in G minorLute 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, BWV124Messe in h-Moll, BWV232: CrucifixusMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Dona nobis pacemMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Et incarnatus estMissa in G major, BWV236Missa in G minor, BWV235Motet: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn - motet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 159Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich - Cantata, BWV150Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott - Cantata, BWV101Nun ist das Heil und die Kraft - Cantata, BWV50Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Cantata, BWV61Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Cantata, BWV62O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort - Cantata, BWV20O Mensch, bewein' dein' Suende gross (Orgel-Büchlein) in E Flat Major, BWV622O Mensch, bewein' dein' Suende gross - chorale, BWV402O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe - Cantata, BWV34Oboe 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 Nr. 1 B-Dur, BWV825: AllemandePartita in A minor for flute, BWV1013Partita in B minor, (Overture in the French Style), BWV831Partita in G minor, after BWV1013 for solo flutePartita 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, BWV582Praeludium und Fuge in h-Moll über ein Thema von Tomaso Albinoni, BWV 951Prelude and Fugue "Grand" in E Minor, BWV548Prelude and Fugue "St Anne" in E Flat Major, BWV552Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV543Prelude and Fugue in B Minor, BWV544Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV547Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV532Prelude in G Major, BWV568Prelude, BWV939Prelude, BWV999Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV998Sanctus in D Major, BWV238Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) - Cantata, BWV211Schwingt freudig euch empor - Cantata, BWV36Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem - Cantata, BWV159Sei Lob und Preis mit Ehren - motet, BWV231Selection of Two and Three Part Inventions, BWV 772-801Selig ist der Mann (Lehms) - Cantata, BWV57Sinfonia - Cantata, BWV42Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet, BWV225Sonata 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 D minor, BWV964St John Passion, BWV 245: Zerfliesse, mein HerzeSt John Passion, BWV245St Mark Passion, BWV247St Matthew Passion, BWV244St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich mein GottSt Matthew Passion: O sacred head, now woundedSuite no. 2 in A minor, BWV1067aSuite no. 4 in E major, BWV1006aThe Art of FugueThe Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051The FugueThe Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) no. 3 in D major, BWV789Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV565Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 arr. BusoniToccata in C minor, BWV911Toccata in D minor, BWV913Toccata in E minor, BWV914Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV564TrauernachtTrio Sonata in C major, BWV1037Trio Sonata, BWV1039Trio sonata in C Minor, BWV526Trio sonata in D Minor, BWV527Trio sonata in E Flat Major, BWV525Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn - Cantata, BWV152Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - Cantata, BWV110Viola da gamba sonata no. 1 in G major, BWV1027Viola 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 Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056RViolin Concerto, BWV1045Violin 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. 3 in E major, BWV1006Violin partita no. 3 in E major, BWV1006: PreludioViolin sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV1001Violin sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV1003Violin sonata no. 3 in C major, BWV1005Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Cantata, BWV140Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - chorale prelude in E Flat Major, BWV645Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! - Cantata, BWV70aWeichet 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. 14 in F# minor, BWV859Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E flat/D sharp minor, BWV853Wer sich selbst erhoehet, der soll erniedriget werden - Cantata, BWV47Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Cantata, BWV17Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29Wir glauben all' an einen Gott - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV680