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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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MunichResidenz Serenade

Bach, Vivaldi, Handel, Mozart, Beethoven
Munich Residenz Solisten

EdinburghVivaldi Concertos by Candlelight

Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight
Vivaldi, Bach
London Concertante

SnapeBye-Bye Beethoven

Ives, Haydn, Cage, Bach, Kurtág, Beethoven, Sanchez-Chiong
Mahler Chamber Orchestra; Patricia Kopatchinskaja; Jorge Sanchez-Chiong; Maria Ursprung; Simon Janssen

DublinVivaldi Concertos by Candlelight

Vivaldi Concertos by Candlelight
Vivaldi, Bach
London Concertante
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Vestard Shimkus delivers exhilarating Dreamscapes

Vestard Shimkus © Ars Produktion
Composer-pianist, Vestards Shimkus gives a compelling rendition of his imaginative 9 etudes Dreamscapes, while his Bach-Busoni 9 Chorale Preludes offers more mixed results. 
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A self-confident Beethoven 9 from Vogt and the RNS

Lars Vogt © Giorgia Bertazzi
Lars Vogt and Royal Northern Sinfonia deliver Beethoven's Symphony no. 9 with swaggering self-confidence, and heroic chorus singing.
***11
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Gardiner steps into his Ring of Cantatas in Leipzig

Sir John Eliot Gardiner conducting in the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
A taste of the opening weekend in Leipzig’s marathon Bach Festival. 
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Playful light and colour from Amsterdam Sinfonietta

Ferhan & Ferzan Onder © Ali Guler
Imaginative Bach and an exciting new work by Dobrinka Tabakova played by the Amsterdam Sinfonietta with pianists Ferhan and Ferzan Önder.
***11
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