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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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New York CityIgor Levit

© Robbie Lawrence
Bach, Busoni, Schumann, Liszt
Igor Levit, Klavier

LancasterSt Matthew Passion

St Matthew Passion
Bach: Matthäus-Passion, BWV244
English Touring Opera Orchestra; Jonathan Peter Kenny; English Touring Opera; Ellie Laugharne; Susanna Fairbairn; Katie Bray

HoustonPerlman Plays & Conducts

Bach, Mozart, Schumann
Houston Symphony; Itzhak Perlman

TokyoGiovanni Antonini HAYDN: "Military"

Giovanni Antonini HAYDN: "Military"
Vivaldi, Bach, Haydn
Yomiuri Nippon Symphony Orchestra; Giovanni Antonini; Avi Avital
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Die Pointe am Schluss: Koopman, Queyras und das DSO Berlin

Jean-Guihen Queyras © Marco Borggreve
Das Deutsche Symphonie-Orchester Berlin tanzt durch ein Programm rund um C.P.E. Bach.
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Bachs h-Moll-Messe in feinen Pastelltönen in Salzburg

Collegium Vocale Gent und Philippe Herreweghe © Salzburger Festspiele | Marco Borrelli
Bachs Hohe Messe mit Philippe Herreweghe und dem Collegium Vocale Gent hinterlässt in Salzburgs weiträumiger Felsenreitschule vor allem durch die dramatischen Arien und Duette Eindruck.   
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Harmonie, Anspruch und Realität: Das Armida Quartett in Zürich

Armida Quartett © Felix Broede
Bei Mozart und Auszügen aus Bachs Kunst der Fuge präsentiert das Quartett harmonische, eigenständige Interpretationen, bei Beethoven ist das Ensemble erwartungsgemäß deutlich mehr gefordert.
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Instrumentale und solistische Bachmania in Leipzig

Julia Sophie Wagner © Bachfest Leipzig | Gert Mothes
Die Brandburgischen Konzerte gefielen durch äußerst beschwingte Spiellust des Ensembles Collegium 1704, während in der Hitze des Gefechts einige Unstimmigkeiten passierten.
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