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Johann Sebastian Bach

April 2018

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. 

ViborgOrchestral Suites with Immortal Hits

Concerto Copenhagen; Alfredo Bernardini

BergenEdvard Grieg Choir and Voces8

Bach, Grieg, Gjeilo, Ešenvalds
Edvard Grieg Choir; Voces8

VallettaConcerto Extravaganza

Concerto Extravaganza
Respighi, Shor, Bach, Vivaldi
Armenian State Symphony Orchestra; Dmitry Sitkovetsky; Julia Zilberquit

AntwerpSelon désir

© Kati Heck | Courtesy Tim Van Laere Gallery, Antwerp
Bach, Debussy, Strawinsky, Bryars
Andonis Foniadakis; Vaslav Nijinsky; Edward Clug; Édouard Lock; Opera Ballet Vlaanderen; Yannis Pouspourikas; Symfonisch Orkest Opera Vlaanderen
Neue Kritikenmehr...

Musikalische Meister: Blomstedt, Bach und Bamberg

Herbert Blomstedt © Martin U.K. Lengemann
Herbert Blomstedt findet für Bachs Passionsgeschichte eine ebenso überzeugend klangfarbige wie anrührend-schlichte Gestaltung.

In e-Moll durch die Klangwelt von Melancholie und Zärtlichkeit

Andreas Brantelid © Marios Taramides
Andrew Manze, der Cellist Andreas Brantelid und die Bamberger Symphoniker waren mit Elgar und Vaughan Williams auf Konzertreise durch symphonische englische Landschaften.

Unerbittlich und ohne Sentimentalität: Sir András Schiff in Berlin

Sir András Schiff © Nadia F Romanini
Sir András Schiff lief bei seinem Rezital in der Philharmonie nie Gefahr, sentimental oder zu romantisierend zu spielen.

Sonia Prina brilliert mit der Akademie für Alte Musik

Sonia Prina © Allegorica
Passend zum Jahresstart entzündeten Sonia Prina und die Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin ein grandioses Feuerwerk der Barockmusik.