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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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BrusselsJean-Yves Thibaudet plays MacMillan

Bach, MacMillan, Stravinsky
Brussels Philharmonic; Stéphane Denève; Vlaams Radio Koor

LondonBach, Reger

Bach, Reger
Graham Barber, Harpsichord

ChichesterThe Sixteen: Bach Magnificat - Chichester

Bach
The Orchestra of The Sixteen; Harry Christophers; The Sixteen

LondonBach and Vivaldi by candlelight | Meet the Music | London Musical Arts

Vivaldi, Pachelbel, Bach
London Musical Arts; John Landor

BadajozDukas, Gabrieli, Bach, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Castro, Webb

Dukas, Gabrieli, Bach, Mendelssohn, Verdi, Castro, Webb, Caldarella, Sanz, Bernstein
Orquesta de Extremadura; Thomas Clamor; Grupo de metales OEX/OJEX

OxfordBach and the Italian Concerto

Bach, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello
Academy of Ancient Music
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From Leipzig to Finland in Manchester

A satisfying programme of familiar and unfamiliar works by the BBC Philarhomic under its Principal Guest Conductor. 
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The ‘unplayable’ played brilliantly

One could hardly dream of a better concert to open the season than one featuring Maxim Vengerov as the guest soloist in Johannes Brahms' Violin Concerto in D major.
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Bamberg Symphony plays a rain-drenched LA

The Bamberg sound remains particularly noticeable in the unanimity and broad, rich beauty of the strings and the sublimely eloquent woodwinds, and the musical authority that lies in the roots of its history. 
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Scottish Ensemble explores the political, spiritual and emotional

Alina Ibragimova with the Scottish Ensemble perform exuberant early teenage Mendelssohn, deeply spiritual Pärt and Vasks, politically lethal Hartmann and utterly thrilling Bach.
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Portents of Heaven: Gabrieli, Bach and Mahler in Oslo

The Oslo Philharmonic played finely tuned Gabrieli and virtuosic Bach, finishing with a surprisingly sinister performance of Mahler's Fourth Symphony.
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Baroque warmth and dazzle in Italian concertos from AAM

A satisfying concoction of Italian concertos from the Academy of Ancient Music had Frank de Bruine leading the charge on oboe, with pristine performances also from violin and harpsichord.
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List of works
15 Three-part Sinfonias (Inventions), BWV787-8014 Preludes and Fugues from 48 Vol. II 6 Little Preludes, BWV933-938A Million Kisses to My SkinAch Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein - Cantata, BWV2Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid - Cantata, BWV58Ach Herr, mich armen Suender - Cantata, BWV135Adagio 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 - Cantata, BWV42An Wasserflüssen Babylon - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV653Art 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 IXArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus XIArt of Fugue (Die Kunst der Fuge), BWV1080, Contrapunctus XIVAscension Oratorio: Lobet Gott in seinen Reichen, BWV11Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu dir - Cantata, BWV131aAus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - Cantata, BWV38Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir - chorale prelude in E Minor, BWV686Ave Maria from Prelude no. 1 in C MajorBist du bei mir, BWV508Bleib 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, BWV1051Canon a 4 perpetuus, BWV1073Cantata BWV156: AriosoCantata, 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. 1 in G major, BWV1027Cello 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, BWV1012Cello suite no. 6 in D major, BWV1012: SarabandeChaconneChrist lag in Todesbanden - Cantata, BWV4Christ lag in Todesbanden - chorale, BWV277Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam - Cantata, BWV7Christ, der du bist der helle Tag - chorale prelude in F Minor, BWV766Christen, aetzet diesen Tag - Cantata, BWV63Christmas Oratorio (Weihnachtsoratorium), BWV248Christmas Oratorio, BWV248: Wie soll ich dich empfangen?Chromatic fantasia and fugue in D minor, BWV903Clavier - Übung III, German Organ MassConcerto for 2 keyboards and strings in C major, BWV1061Concerto for 2 keyboards and strings in C minor, BWV1062Concerto for 3 violins in D major, BWV 1064RConcerto for 4 keyboards and strings in A minor, BWV1065Concerto for flute, violin and keyboard in A minor "Triple Concerto", BWV1044Concerto for oboe, violin and string orchestra in C minor, BWV1060RConcerto in D Minor, BWV596Concerto in D Minor, BWV596: SicilianoConcerto in D minor (after A. Marcello), BWV974Concerto in G Major, BWV592Der Geist hilft unser Schwachheit auf - motet, BWV226Der Herr denket an uns (Psalm 115) - Cantata, BWV196Der Zufriedengestellte Aeolus - Cantata, BWV205Die Elenden sollen essen - Cantata, BWV75Die Freude reget sich - Cantata, BWV36bDies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot - chorale prelude in G Major, BWV678Double Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV1043Du Hirte Israel, hoere - Cantata, BWV104Duet in A Minor, BWV805Duet in E Minor, BWV802Duet in F Major, BWV803Duet in G Major, BWV804Easter Oratorio: Kömmt, eilet und laufet, BWV249Ein Herz, das seinem Jesum lebend weiss - Cantata, BWV134Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Cantata, BWV80English Suite no. 2 in A minor, BWV807Es erhub sich ein Streit - Cantata, BWV19Fantasia (Prelude) and Fugue in C Minor, BWV537Fantasia and Fugue "Grand" in G Minor, BWV542Fantasia in G Major, BWV572Flute Sonata in C major, BWV1033Flute Sonata in E flat major, BWV1031: Siciliano in G minorFlute Sonata in E major, BWV1035Flute 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 Suite no. 6 in E major, BWV817Fugue on theme by Corelli in B Minor, BWV579Fugue, BWV1000Fürchte dich nicht - motet, BWV228Geschwinde, ihr wirbelnden Winde - Cantata, BWV201Gloria in excelsis Deo - Cantata, BWV191GoldGoldberg VariationsGoldberg 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, BWV120Gott, wie dein Name, so ist auch dein Ruhm - Cantata, BWV171Herr Jesu Christ, mein's Lebens Licht - chorale, BWV335Herz 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)Himmelskönig, sei willkommen - Cantata, BWV182Ich bin ein guter Hirt - Cantata, BWV85Ich bin vergnuegt mit meinem Gluecke - Cantata, BWV84Ich geh und suche mit Verlangen - Cantata, BWV49Ich habe genug - Cantata, BWV82Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis - Cantata, BWV21Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ - Cantata, BWV177Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe, Cantata, BWV156Ihr werdet weinen und heulen - Cantata, BWV103InventionsItalian Concerto, BWV971Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen! - Cantata, BWV51Jesu, der du meine Seele - Cantata, BWV78Jesu, meine Freude - chorale setting, BWV1105Jesu, meine Freude - chorale, BWV358Jesu, meine Freude - motet, BWV227Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwoelfe - Cantata, BWV22Keyboard 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, BWV229Kyrie, Gott Vater in Ewigkeit - chorale, BWV371Laßt uns sorgen, laßt uns wachen (Hercules auf dem Scheidewege) - Cantata, BWV213Liebster Jesu, wir sind hier (Orgel-Büchlein) in A Major, BWV633Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele - Cantata, BWV69Lobet den Herrn alle Heiden (Psalm 117) - motet, BWV230Lute suite no. 2 in C minor, BWV997Magnificat in D Major, BWV243Mass in B minor, BWV232Mass in B minor, BWV232: Agnus DeiMein Herze schwimmt im Blut - Cantata, BWV199Meinem Jesum lass ich nicht - Cantata, BWV124Messe in h-Moll, BWV232: CrucifixusMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Dona nobis pacemMesse in h-Moll, BWV232: Et incarnatus estMissa in A major, BWV234Missa in G major, BWV236Missa in G minor, BWV235Motet: Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn - motet in C Minor, BWV Anh. 159Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and EmptinessNach dir, Herr, verlanget mich - Cantata, BWV150Nimm 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 - Cantata, BWV62Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland - chorale prelude in G Minor, BWV659Nur jedem das Seine - Cantata, BWV163O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort - Cantata, BWV20O Gott, du frommer Gott - chorale prelude in C Minor, BWV767O Mensch, bewein' dein' Suende gross (Orgel-Büchlein) in E Flat Major, BWV622O Mensch, bewein' dein' Suende gross - chorale, BWV402O ewiges Feuer, O Ursprung der Liebe - Cantata, BWV34Oboe 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 Nr. 1 B-Dur, BWV825: AllemandePartita 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. 4 in D major, BWV828Partita no. 6 in E minor, BWV830Passacaglia and fugue in C Minor, BWV582Praeludium und Fuge in h-Moll über ein Thema von Tomaso Albinoni, BWV 951Prelude and Fughetta in C Major, BWV870aPrelude 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, BWV545Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV547Prelude and Fugue in D Major, BWV532Prelude and Fugue in D Minor, BWV539Prelude in G Major, BWV568Prelude, BWV939Prelude, BWV999Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV998Schweigt 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, BWV768Selig ist der Mann (Lehms) - Cantata, BWV57Siehe zu, dass deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei - Cantata, BWV179Sinfonia - Cantata, BWV42Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - Cantata, BWV190Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied - motet, BWV225Sonata for violin and continuo in G major, BWV1021Sonata 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. 6 in G major, BWV1019Sonata in D minor, BWV964Sonata, BWV1024St John Passion, BWV 245: Zerfliesse, mein HerzeSt John Passion, BWV245St Mark Passion, BWV247St Matthew Passion, BWV244St Matthew Passion: O sacred head, now woundedSuite no. 2 in A minor, BWV1067aSuite no. 4 in E major, BWV1006aThe Art of FugueThe Brandenburg Concertos, BWV1046 - 1051The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), BWV1079The Musical Offering, BWV1079: Ricercar a 6Three-part Sinfonia (Invention) no. 3 in D major, BWV789Toccata and Fugue "Dorian" in D Minor, BWV538Toccata 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 minor, BWV914Toccata, 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 D Minor, BWV527Trio sonata in E Minor, BWV528Tritt auf die Glaubensbahn - Cantata, BWV152Unser Mund sei voll Lachens - Cantata, BWV110Viola 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 Concerto in G minor, BWV 1056RViolin Concerto, BWV1045Violin Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV1004: Chaconne arr. BusoniViolin Sonata in E minor, BWV1023Violin 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. 3 in E major, BWV1006Violin partita no. 3 in E major, BWV1006: PreludioViolin sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV1001Violin sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV1003Violin sonata no. 3 in C major, BWV1005Vom Himmel hoch, da komm'ich her in D Major, BWV606Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Cantata, BWV140Wachet! betet! betet! wachet! - Cantata, BWV70aWas mein Gott will, das g'scheh' allzeit - Cantata, BWV111Weichet 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. 1 in C Major, BWV846Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 14 in F# minor, BWV859Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor, BWV847Well-Tempered Clavier 1: Prelude and Fugue No. 8 in E flat/D sharp minor, BWV853Wer sich selbst erhoehet, der soll erniedriget werden - Cantata, BWV47Wie sich ein Vater erbarmet - Cantata, BWV17Wir danken dir, Gott, wir danken dir - Cantata, BWV29