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Johann Sebastian Bach

October 2018
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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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LondonMozart, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Corelli, Handel

Mozart, Albinoni, Vivaldi, Corelli, Handel
Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Albinoni, Corelli, Handel, Bach, Mozart
London Gala Orchestra; Stephen Dominic Ellery

LondonAustralian Chamber Orchestra: Bach, Beethoven and Bartók

Bach, Stevens, Beethoven, Bartók
Australian Chamber Orchestra; Richard Tognetti; Nicole Car

MalvernMalvern Concert Club 116th Season

Malvern Concert Club 116th Season
Bach, Rachmaninov, Ravel, Medtner
Danny Driver, Piano

OsakaThe 229th Subscription Concert

The 229th Subscription Concert
Bach, Strauss R., Korngold, Mozart
Japan Century Symphony Orchestra; Kimbo Ishii
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It's party time, folks, with Jaime Martín and the LSO

Jaime Martín © Alexander Lindström
Powerful and impressive playing from the LSO and Jaime Martín in a Spanish-themed first half (also featuring Christian Tetzlaff), with a more nuanced array of Stravinskian colour in the second half.
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Metamorphoses and transcendence: Igor Levit at Carnegie Hall

Igor Levit © Robbie Lawrence
Levit transfigured one more time the musical material in a sort of new, life-affirming way. 
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Bach up close and personal: English Touring Opera's St Matthew Passion

Collegium Musicum Choir © Robert Workman
Immersive, direct and passionate Bach from English Touring Opera and the Old Street Band.
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Irreverence and ennui in De Keersmaeker's Six Brandenburg Concertos

Anna Teresa De Keersmaeker's production of Six Brandenburg Concertos at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City disappoints
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