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Cantata No. 12, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

Cantata No. 12, and Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

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Harvard University's Christoph Wolff describes Bach's approach to transforming works by other composers.

On the program:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049 - Daniel Stepner, violin;  Christopher Krueger and Roy Sansom, recorders;  Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman, conductor

Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (translation) - Daniel Taylor, alto;  Mark Padmore, tenor;  Peter Kooy, bass;  Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) - Gerhard Weinberger, organ (Zacharias Hildenbrandt organ at St. Wenceslaus Church, Naumberg, Germany)

The Trost Organ at Altenburg in Cantata No. 146

The Trost Organ at Altenburg in Cantata No. 146

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On the program:

Passacaglia in C minor, BWV 582 - Gerhard Weinberger, organ (1739 Trost organ at the Schlosskirche, Altenburg, Germany)

Cantata BWV 146 Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal in das Reich Gottes eingehen (translation) - Brigitte Geller, soprano; William Towers, alto; Mark Padmore, tenor; Julian Clarkson, bass; Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

(photo of Altenburg Castle Church and the Trost organ via ecv5 at Flickr under Creative Commons)

Lost and Found Bach

Lost and Found Bach

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Harvard University's Christoph Wolff tells the story of a work of Bach's discovered in 2005.

On the program:

Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662 (Leipzig) - Jacob Street, organ (Richards, Fowkes, & Co. organ at First Lutheran Church, Boston)

Cantata BWV 112 Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt - Katharine Fuge, soprano;  William Towers, alto;  Norbert Meyn, tenor;  Stephen Varcoe, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Concerto in D for three violins, BWV 1064R - Petra Müllejans, Gottfried von der Goltz, and Anne Katharina Schreiber, violins;  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn, BWV 1127 - Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano;  English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiiner, conductor

French Suite No. 1 with David Fray, and Cantata No. 6

French Suite No. 1 with David Fray, and Cantata No. 6

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The Easter Oratorio

The Easter Oratorio

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The Cantata No. 182 for Palm Sunday

The Cantata No. 182 for Palm Sunday

The Bach Hour | WCRB

On the program:

Suite No. 5 in C minor for solo cello, BWV 1011 - Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Cantata BWV 182 Himmelskönig, sei willkommen - Malin Hartelius, soprano; Nathalie Stutzmann, alto; James Gilchrist, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass; Monteverdi Choir & English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

(The image at left [courtesy Wikimedia Commons] shows column detail from the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, which is modelled on palms.  The theme of palms is prevalent in the architecture of the Nikolaikirche, which, with the Thomaskirche, is one of the churches served by Bach between 1723 and 1750.  The Nikolaikirche also played a pivotal role in the fall of the Communist regime of East Germany in the 1980's.)


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Performances of Bach's music recorded at Tanglewood in Lenox, Mass.

On the program:

Suite No. 3 for Orchestra in D, BWV 1068 - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Serge Koussevitzky, conductor
(recorded in 1945)

Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225 (translation) - Tanglewood Festival Chorus, John Oliver, conductor
(recorded in 1998)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051 - Boston Symphony Orchestra; Charles Munch
(recorded in 1957)

(photo of Lion Gate at Tanglewood by Stu Rosner, courtesy of the BSO)

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