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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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PragueOrchestra of the Age of Enlightenment

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

BeijingAsia Tour 2017

Bach, Glass, Mussorgsky
Kremerata Baltica; Concerto Budapest; Gidon Kremer; András Keller; Giedrė Dirvanauskaitė

LondonBach, Franck, Lefébure-Wély, Mendelssohn, Andriessen, Mathias

Bach, Franck, Lefébure-Wély, Mendelssohn, Andriessen, Mathias
Andrew Wilson, Organ

BrugesIl Gardellino: Coffee at Zimmermann’s. Bach & Telemann

Telemann, Bach
Il Gardellino; Marcel Ponseele; Céline Scheen; Alex Potter; Benjamin Woh; Stephan MacLeod

St BriavelsCelebrating Wye Valley Music's 50th year: Rachel Podger and Jane Rogers

Mozart, Bach, Haydn M
Rachel Podger; Jane Rogers

BarcelonaCantus Cölln

Bach
Konrad Junghänel; Cantus Cölln
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Nobuyuki Tsujii’s recital in Sydney

There are not many classical musicians on the international circuit who could achieve the ‘legend’ status; whose concerts would be attended by adoring fans rushing to the stage at the conclusion of the recital, who would be referred to by a nickname, suggesting an ongoing relationship and familiarity with their fans.
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At Prague Spring, a legacy comes home

A superstar soloist helps the Toronto Symphony Orchestra offer a telling tribute to Czech conductor Karel Ančerl.
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Toronto Symphony a Season Highlight at the Konzerthaus Wien

After a 34 year hiatus from the Konzerthaus stage, the Toronto Symphony gave a knockout performance that had everything in spades
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AKAMUS struggles with Bach in Barcelona

Clemens Flick (harpsichord) and Christoph Huntgeburth (flute) gave an impressive performance as soloists, while the orchestra wasn’t able to play as well as expected.
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Illuminating Brandenburgs from the OAE

A rare opportunity to hear the complete Brandenburgs was awarded by the Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment in a distinguished performance, with Huw Daniel its leading light.
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A probing Hammerklavier in Chicago

Murray Perahia’s deeply rewarding recital featured Beethoven’s monolithic Hammerklavier piano sonata, prefaced by works of Bach and Schubert.
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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 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, BWV42: SinfoniaAn Wasserflüssen Babylon - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV653Angenehmes Wiederau - Cantata, BWV30aAria variata in A Minor, BWV989Art 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 XIVAus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131aAus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Cantata, BWV38Ave Maria from Prelude no. 1 in C MajorBist du bei mir, BWV508Brandenburg 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, BWV1051Capriccio in E Major, BWV993Capriccio 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, BWV4Christ, der du bist der helle Tag - chorale prelude in F Minor, BWV766Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Wie soll ich dich empfangen?Christmas Oratorio: Schließe mein Herze, BWV 248Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV903Concerto 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 4 keyboards and strings in A minor, BWV1065Concerto for oboe, violin and string orchestra in C minor, BWV1060RConcerto in D Minor, BWV596Concerto in G Major, BWV592Das 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 A Minor, BWV805Duet in E Minor, BWV802Duet in F Major, BWV803Duet in G Major, BWV804Ein 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 - 811Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten - Cantata, BWV172Es erhub sich ein Streit - Cantata, BWV19Fantasia (Prelude) and Fugue in C Minor, BWV537Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia and fugue, BWV904Fantasia and fugue, BWV906Fantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in A major, BWV1032Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034French Suite no. 4 in E flat major, BWV815French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816: SarabandeFrench Suite no. 6 in E major, BWV817French Suites I - VI, BWV812 - 817Fugue in G Minor, BWV578Fugue on theme by Corelli in B Minor, BWV579Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde - Cantata, BWV201Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt - Cantata, BWV18Goldberg 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, BWV120Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV655Herz 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 habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich 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 - chorale setting, BWV1105Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Johannes-PassionKeyboard 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, BWV1055Komm, 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, 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, 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, BWV232Mit 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 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 A minor for flute, BWV1013Partita 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. 6 in E minor, BWV830Prelude 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 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 Lob und Preis mit Ehren - motet, BWV231Selected AriasSelection of Two and Three Part Inventions, BWV 772-801Short Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV553Sie werden euch in den Bann tun - Cantata, BWV44Sinfonia - Cantata, BWV42Singet 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, BWV965Sonata in D minor, BWV964St John Passion, BWV245St 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 6Toccata 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 in C Major, BWV529Trio sonata in C Minor, BWV526Trio sonata in E Flat Major, BWV525Unser 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, BWV1003Von 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, BWV853Wer sich selbst erhoehet, der soll erniedriget werden - Cantata, BWV47Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern - Cantata, BWV1Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Cantata, BWV17Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29: SinfoniaWär Gott nicht mit uns diese Zeit - chorale, BWV257