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Bach's St Matthew and St John Passions

Diego Velásquez: Cristo Crucificado © Wikipedia | Public Domain
Jane Shuttleworth reflects on the very different natures of Bach's St John and St Matthew Passions. 

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.

Ten alternative versions of Bach

Historically-informed performance fanatics, look away now.

The Goldbergs: Bach’s magical inventiveness

Autograph score of the Aria
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.

10 major Bach works on Bachtrack At Home

August Weger's 19th century engraving of Bach © Public domain | Wikimedia Commons
There’s a range of works by Bach on Bachtrack At Home. Here, we explore 10 of the best. 

Baroque Portrait: Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

Johann Sebastian Bach
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. 
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LondonOrgan Series, Americana '18

Andriessen, Alain, Bach, Bolcom, Bartók, Tailleferre, Preston
Stephen Farr, Organ

GijónOrquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias: Inspiración III

Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias: Inspiración III
Schumann, Bach, Schubert
Orquesta Sinfónica del Principado de Asturias; Cristóbal Soler; Eva Meliskova

LondonVivaldi and Handel by Candlelight

Vivaldi and Handel by Candlelight
Vivaldi, Handel, Pachelbel, Corelli, Bach
London Musical Arts Ensemble

LondonIPS: Benjamin Grosvenor

© Decca | Sophie Wright
Bach, Brahms, Dean, Debussy, Berg, Ravel
Benjamin Grosvenor, Piano
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Humanity and eternity in RNS' St John Passion

Harry Bicket © Dario Acosta
Harry Bicket leads Royal Northern Sinfonia and Chorus and a fine line-up of soloists in a performance that moves effortlessly between the human and eternal time lines of Bach's St John Passion.
*****
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Darkness and pain in Mark Padmore's St Matthew Passion

The Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment © Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
A brooding and melancholy presentation of Bach’s masterpiece from the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and Mark Padmore. 
*****
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Sumptuous Barber with Weilerstein and the Cleveland

Alisa Weilerstein © Roger Mastroianni courtesy of The Cleveland Orchestra
A rousing Dvořák Symphony no. 8 and that composer’s The Water Sprite filled out a highly satisfying performance.
***11
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A musical journey spanning three centuries with The Hallé

Sir Mark Elder © Benjamin Ealovega
An enjoyable and vivid performance representing music spanning three centuries of history
****1
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