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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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LondonLondon International A Cappella Choral Competition - Octet Cantabile

Padilla, Bach, The King's Singers, Parry
Augustine Paul; Octet Cantabile

ParisBach, Liszt

Bach, Liszt
Thomas Ospital, Organ

LondonLondon International A Cappella Choral Competition - Heat 2

Pärt, des Prez, Verdelot, Alberti, Janequin, Dufay, Hassler, Poulenc, Parsons, Gregorian, Victoria, Rachmaninov, Mendelssohn, Padilla, Morley, Oakland, Bach, Whitacre
Felipe Ramos Taky Taky; Ensamble Oltremontani; The Fisher Consort; Jonathan Schranz; Istvanffy Kamarakorus

BasingstokeOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

Campra, Fischer, Bach, Rameau
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; William Christie

BirminghamWilliam Christie conducts the OAE

Campra, Fischer, Bach, Rameau
Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment; William Christie

OxfordWater Music

Handel, Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi
Marios Papadopoulos; Soloists of the Oxford Philharmonic
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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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A feast for peripatetic music lovers in Istanbul

An arcane Armenian orthodox chapel, two glittering Greek Orthodox churches, a waterfront palazzo and a sumptuous Austrian villa were fascinating venues for a delightful day of mini-concerts at the Istanbul Festival.
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In Istanbul, Beethoven comes with cannon and muezzin

Although Beethoven was none too fond of despots, self-proclaimed emperors, or religious intuitions, one can image his approbation for Justinian’s stupendous Hagia Eirene basilica as a perfect venue for his music. 
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-801Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh' darein - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV741Adagio in G major, BWV968Air on a G String, from Orchestral Suite BWV1068Am Abend aber desselbigen Sabbats, BWV42: SinfoniaAn Wasserflüssen Babylon - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV653Angenehmes Wiederau - Cantata, BWV30aAria 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 XIVBrandenburg 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, BWV1051Cantata, 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. 1 in G major, BWV1027Cello 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, BWV1012Cello suite no. 6 in D major, BWV1012: SarabandeChaconneChrist lag in Todesbanden - Cantata, BWV4Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Wie soll ich dich empfangen?Christmas Oratorio: Schließe mein Herze, BWV 248Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV903Ciaccona in D minorConcerto 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 flute, violin and keyboard in A minor "Triple Concerto", BWV1044Concerto for oboe, violin and string orchestra in C minor, BWV1060RConcerto in D Minor, BWV596Das OrgelbüchleinDer Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf - motet, BWV226Der Zufriedengestellte Aeolus - Cantata, BWV205Die Freude reget sich - Cantata, BWV36bDie Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes - Cantata, BWV76Die Kunst der Fuge BWV1080: AuswahlDouble Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV1043Duet in E Minor, BWV802Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Cantata, BWV80English 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, BWV19Fantasia (Prelude) and Fugue in C Minor, BWV537Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia in C minor, BWV562aFantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV1030Flute 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 Suites I - VI, BWV812 - 817Fugue in G Minor, BWV578Fugue, BWV1026Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde - Cantata, BWV201Gleichwie 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, 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)Ich bin in mir vergnügt - Cantata, BWV204Ich bin vergnuegt mit meinem Gluecke - Cantata, BWV84Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen - Cantata, BWV49Ich habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich ruf' zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (Orgel-Büchlein) in F Minor, BWV639Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen - Cantata, BWV56Ihr werdet weinen und heulen - Cantata, BWV103InventionsItalian 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. 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, BWV1057Komm, Gott Schöpfer, Heiliger Geist - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV667Komm, Jesu, komm! - motet, BWV229Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit - chorale, BWV371Laßt 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, BWV633Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier - chorale prelude, BWV731Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele - Cantata, BWV143Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) - motet, BWV230Lute suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV997Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit - Cantata, BWV115Magnificat in D Major, BWV243Magnificat in E flat, BWV243aMass in B minor, BWV232Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus DeiMass in B minor, BWV232: GloriaMeine Seufzer, meine Tränen, BWV13: Der Gott, der mir hat versprochenMissa BrevisMissa in F major, BWV233Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin - Cantata, BWV125Motet: 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 ist das Heil und die Kraft - Cantata, BWV50Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - Cantata, BWV61Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV659O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort - Cantata, BWV20O Jesu Christ, mein Lebens Licht - motet, BWV118O Lamm Gottes, unschuldig - chorale prelude in A Major, BWV656O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe - Cantata, BWV34Oboe 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 major, BWV832Partita 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, BWV582Prelude 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 D Major, BWV532Prelude and Fugue in G Major, BWV541Prelude and Fugue in G Minor, BWV535Prelude 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, BWV768Selection of Two and Three Part Inventions, BWV 772-801Selon désirShort Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV553Sinfonia from Cantata 249 (1725)Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - Cantata, BWV190Singet 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 A minor, BWV965St John Passion, BWV245St John Passion, BWV245: Es ist vollbrachtSt Mark Passion, BWV247St Matthew Passion, BWV244Suite in F minor, BWV823Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV1067aSuite no. 4 in E major, BWV1006aSuite 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 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 E minor, BWV914Toccata in G major, BWV916Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV564Trio Sonata in C major, BWV1037Trio Sonata, BWV1039Trio sonata in C Major, BWV529Trio sonata in C Minor, BWV526Trio sonata in E Flat Major, BWV525Trio sonata in E Minor, BWV528Trio sonata in G Major, BWV530Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - Cantata, BWV110Vater unser Himmelreich - chorale prelude in B Minor, BWV682Viola da gamba sonata no. 1 in G major, BWV1027Viola da gamba sonata no. 2 in D major, BWV1028Violin 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 sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV1001Violin sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV1003Violin sonata no. 3 in C major, BWV1005Von Gott will ich nicht lassen - chorale prelude in F Minor, BWV658Von Himmel hoch, da komm' ich her (chorale variations) - chorale prelude in C Major, BWV769Wachet 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. 8 in E flat/D sharp minor, BWV853Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV871Wer sich selbst erhoehet, der soll erniedriget werden - Cantata, BWV47Widerstehe doch der Suende - Cantata, BWV54Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Cantata, BWV17Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29: Sinfonia