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Johann Sebastian Bach

Januar 2019

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. 

MdinaToccami L’Anima – Music by Frescobaldi, Bach, Couperin and Royer

Frescobaldi, Bach, Royer
Marco Mencoboni, Cembalo

StockholmTon Koopman conducts

Ton Koopman conducts
Bach, Haydn
Königliches Philharmonisches Orchester Stockholm; Ton Koopman

MadridBallet de l'Opéra national de Paris

Ballet de l'Opéra national de Paris
Debussy, Ravel, Bach, Satie, Strawinsky
Jerome Robbins; George Balanchine; Hans van Manen; Ballet de l'Opéra de Paris; Maxime Pascal

VallettaBach and Beyond – Music by Bach, Reich, Maslanka and Zarvos

Bach, Reich, Maslanka, Zarvos
Signum Saxophone Quartet, Quartett
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Goldberg-Variationen mit Schlafstörungen: Aimard in München

Pierre-Laurent Aimard © Marco Borggreve
Hätte statt Goldberg Pierre-Laurent Aimard die Bach’schen Variationen so gespielt, dann wäre Graf Keyserling wohl umso mehr um seinen Schlaf gebracht worden.

Ein anklagendes Konzert mit Leonidas Kavakos und dem BRSO

Leonidas Kavakos © Marco Borggreve
Zwischen düsterer Nachtmusik und greller Groteske schwankt Schostakowitschs Erstes Violinkonzert.

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.

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.