Johann Sebastian Bach

January 2018
Evening performance
Matinee performance

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.

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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AmsterdamPianist Martin Helmchen Plays Schumann and Liszt

Schumann, Schumann C., Schoenberg, Bach, Messiaen, Chopin, Liszt
Martin Helmchen, Piano

HamburgSir András Schiff

Bach, Mozart
Cappella Andrea Barca; Sir András Schiff; Schaghajegh Nosrati

AmsterdamLes Musiciens Du Louvre: Bach's Brandenburg Concertos

Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051
Les Musiciens du Louvre Grenoble; Thibault Noally; Emmanuel Laporte; Luca Oberti; Neil Brough


Ashley Solomon, Director


Bach: The Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051

LondonTomkins, Daquin, Bach, Messiaen, Lefébure-Wély

Tomkins, Daquin, Bach, Messiaen, Lefébure-Wély
Michael Overbury, Organ
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Mahan Esfahani's Prague tribute to Zuzana Růžičková

Czech harpsichord legend Zuzana Růžičková would have turned 91 on 14 January, making it an ideal night for a tribute concert featuring one of her star pupils, Iranian-American harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani. As he noted in brief remarks sandwiched between rousing renditions of Bach, “When she died, I lost a great teacher. But this country lost part of its history.

Lars Vogt and RNS deliver Bach’s Christmas message of peace and joy

Lars Vogt, Royal Nothern Sinfonia and Chorus and a strong quartet of soloists bring the angelic tidings of peace and goodwill in Bach’s Christmas Oratorio.
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Zimmermann's Bach and Schumann stand out in Barcelona

This season, the Orquestra Simfònica de Barcelona i Nacional de Catalunya (OBC) is turning its eyes towards Bach, whilst at the same time programming the usual great symphonic repertoire, as well as contemporary composers. Here, Kazushi Ono gathered a Bach concerto (transcribed for violin), a rarely-performed work by Schumann and Richard Strauss’ Also sprach Zarathustra.
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A joyous Christmas Oratorio from the Dunedin Consort

Dunedin Consort’s band of virtuosi players, four Early music specialist soloists and just four ripieno singers gave a nimble and exquisitely focussed performance of the Christmas Oratorio simply bursting with enjoyment.
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Christmas celebrations with Marc Minkowski

An early Christmas celebration in Budapest, with four of Bach's cantatas from his Christmas Oratorio.
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Bach's Brandenburgs shine in the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra's holiday musical offering

Continuing a decades-long holiday season tradition, the SPCO presents five of Bach's six Brandenburg Concerti in performances brimming with energy and élan.
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-801Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein - Cantata, BWV2Ach Gott, von Himmel sieh' darein - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV741Ach Herr, mich armen Suender - Cantata, BWV135Ach, was soll ich Suender machen - chorale, BWV259Adagio in G major, BWV968Aergre dich, o Seele, nicht - Cantata, BWV186Air 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, BWV663Aria 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 IVArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus IXArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus VIIIAus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - chorale prelude in E Minor, BWV686Bach (Maria Muñoz)Bach Cello SuitesBisher habt ihr nichts gebeten in meinem Namen - Cantata, BWV87Bleib 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, BWV1051Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot - Cantata, BWV39Canon and fugue for small orchestraCanons on a Goldberg GroundCantata, BWV169: Stirb in mir, Welt, und alle deine LiebeCantata, 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. 2 in D major, BWV1028Cello 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, BWV1012ChaconneChrist lag in Todesbanden - Cantata, BWV4Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christus, der ist mein Leben - Cantata, BWV95Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV903Ciaccona in D minorClavier-Übung III, German Organ MassConcerto BaroccoConcerto 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 Two ViolinsConcerto for flute, violin and keyboard in A minor "Triple Concerto", BWV1044Concerto for oboe, violin and string orchestra in C minor, BWV1060RConcerto in C Major, BWV594Concerto in D Minor, BWV596Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf - motet, BWV226Der Himmel lacht! die Erde jubilieret - Cantata, BWV31Die Elenden sollen essen - Cantata, BWV75Die Himmel erzählen die Ehre Gottes - Cantata, BWV76Double Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV1043Du wahrer Gott und Davids Sohn - Cantata, BWV23Duet in E Minor, BWV802Easter Oratorio: Kömmt, eilet und laufet, BWV249Ein Herz, das seinem Jesum lebend weiss - Cantata, BWV134Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Cantata, BWV80Ein ungefärbt Gemüte - Cantata, BWV24English Suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV808English Suite no. 4 in F major, BWV809English Suite no. 6 in D minor, BWV811English Suites I - VI, BWV806 - 811Erbarm dich mein, o Herre Gott - chorale prelude, BWV721Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen - Cantata, BWV66Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde - Cantata, BWV83Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten - Cantata, BWV172Erwuenschtes Freudenlicht - Cantata, BWV184Es erhub sich ein Streit - Cantata, BWV19Es wartet alles auf dich - Cantata, BWV187Fantasia (Prelude) and Fugue in C Minor, BWV537Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV562Flute Sonata in B minor, BWV1030Flute Sonata in E minor, BWV1034French Suite no. 5 in G major, BWV816French Suites I - VI, BWV812 - 817Fugue, BWV1026Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott - Cantata, BWV129Gleichwie der Regen und Schnee vom Himmel fällt - Cantata, BWV18Goldberg VariationsGoldberg Variations (arr. Sitkovetsky for string orchestra)Goldberg Variations, BWV988Gott faehret auf mit Jauchzen - Cantata, BWV43Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit - Cantata, BWV106Herr Jesu Christ, dich zu uns wend - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV655Herr Jesu Christ, wahr' Mensch und Gott - Cantata, BWV127Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben - Cantata, BWV102Herr, gehe nicht ins Gericht - Cantata, BWV105Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV147: Jesu bleibet meine Fruede (Jesu, joy of man's desiring)Himmelskönig, sei willkommen - Cantata, BWV182Ich bin ein guter Hirt - Cantata, BWV85Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen - Cantata, BWV49Ich habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Cantata, BWV21Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn - Cantata, BWV157Ich liebe den Hoechsten von ganzem Gemuete - Cantata, BWV174: SinfoniaIch steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, Cantata, BWV156Ich will den Kreuzstab gerne tragen - Cantata, BWV56Ihr werdet weinen und heulen - Cantata, BWV103Italian Concerto, BWV971Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! - Cantata, BWV51Jesu, der du meine Seele - Cantata, BWV78Jesu, meine Freude - chorale prelude in D Minor, BWV753Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe - Cantata, BWV22Jesus schlaeft, was soll ich hoffen? - Cantata, BWV81Johannes-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, BWV1057Keyboard Concerto no. 8 in D minor, BWV1059Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott - chorale prelude in F Major, BWV651Komm, Jesu, komm! - motet, BWV229Komm, du süsse Todenstunde - Cantata, BWV161Kyrie in F Major, BWV233aLaßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen (Hercules auf dem Scheidewege) - Cantata, BWV213Liebster Gott, wenn werd ich sterben ? - Cantata, BWV8Liebster Immanuel, Herzog der Frommen - Cantata, BWV123Lobet den Herren, denn er ist freundlich - chorale, BWV374Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) - motet, BWV230Lute Suite in G minorLute suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV997Lute suite no. 3 in G minor, BWV995Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit - Cantata, BWV115Magnificat in D Major, BWV243Man singet mit Freuden vom Sieg - Cantata, BWV149Mass in B minor, BWV232Mein Herze schwimmt im Blut - Cantata, BWV199Messe in h-Moll, BWV232: CredoMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Dona nobis pacemMinuet in G Major, BWV Anh. 114Missa BrevisMissa in A major, BWV234Missa in F major, BWV233Missa in G major, BWV236Missa in G minor, BWV235Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin - Cantata, BWV125Mitten wir im Leben sind/​ Bach6CellosuitenMotet: Der Gerechte kommt um, BWV deestMotet: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn - motet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 159Nimm 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 - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV660O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort - Cantata, BWV20O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe - Cantata, BWV34O holder Tag, erwuenschte Zeit - Cantata, BWV210Oboe 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 minor for flute, BWV1013Partita 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. 5 in G major, BWV829Passacaglia 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, Fugue and Allegro, BWV998SarabandeSchmücke dich, o liebe Seele - Cantata, BWV180Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht (Coffee Cantata) - Cantata, BWV211Schwingt freudig euch empor - Cantata, BWV36Sehet, wir gehn hinauf gen Jerusalem - Cantata, BWV159Sei gegruesset, Jesu guetig - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV768Selon désirSie werden aus Saba alle kommen - Cantata, BWV65Sie werden euch in den Bann tun - Cantata, BWV44Sinfonia from Cantata 249 (1725)Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - Cantata, BWV190Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet, BWV225Sonata for viola da gamba and keyboard in G minor, BWV1030bSonata 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, BWV244St Matthew Passion, BWV244: Erbarme dich mein GottThe Art of FugueThe Art of Fugue, Contrapunctus XIXThe Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV1083Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565Toccata and Fugue in F Major, BWV540Toccata in C minor, BWV911Toccata in D major, BWV912Toccata in D minor, BWV913Toccata in E Major, BWV566aToccata in G major, BWV916Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major, BWV564Trio sonata in C Major, BWV529Trio sonata in E Minor, BWV528Tönet, ihr Pauken! Erschallet Trompeten! - Cantata, BWV214Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - Cantata, BWV110Vergnuegte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust - Cantata, BWV170Viola 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 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, BWV1005Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Cantata, BWV140Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! - Cantata, BWV70aWachet, betet, seid bereit allezeit - Cantata, BWV70Weichet 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. 10 in E Minor, BWV855Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 24 in B Minor, BWV869Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue no. 4 in C sharp minor, BWV849Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 1 in C Major, BWV870Well-Tempered Clavier 2: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV871Wer sich selbst erhoehet, der soll erniedriget werden - Cantata, BWV47Wer weiss, wie nahe mir mein Ende! - Cantata, BWV27Widerstehe doch der Suende - Cantata, BWV54Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern - Cantata, BWV1Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29: SinfoniaWir muessen durch viel Truebsal - Cantata, BWV146