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AAmerican Masters, Part I American Masters, Part II American Masters, Part IIIAmerican Masters, Part IVAmerican Masters, Part V An Intelligent Conversation: String Quartets Arias & BarcarollesArtists in Exile, Part IArtists in Exile, Part IIAutumn Leaves Autumnal Masterpieces BBach Sleeps in on Sundays Bach to Beethoven Bach's Christmas Oratorio Bach's Not-So-Minor B-Minor MassBallad of East and West Baltic Music (FREE)Barber, SamuelBartok, BelaBeethoven and that Danged MetronomeBeethoven and the PianoBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IBeethoven at Parnassus, Part IIBeethoven QuartetsBerlioz, HectorBernstein, LeonardBill's Keepers Boulanger, NadiaBrahms, Johannes, Part IBrahms, Johannes, Part II Britten, Benjamin Bruckner, Anton CCall for ScoresCello Concertos Child's PlayChopin, FredericClash of the Titans Clowning AroundCopland, Aaron Corigliano, JohnCzech out those Bohemians DDebussy, Claude Demons, Spooks and Other Things That Go Bump in the NightDirector's ChoiceDistant Neighbors Don't Shoot the Piano PlayerDvořák, AntoninDvorak, Tchaikovsky & Borodin String Quartets EElgar, EdwardEmotion and Meaning in MusicEnescu, GeorgesEspanaFFamilies of Instruments Family Matters: All in the FamilyFauré, GabrielFit for a KingFour SeasonsFrom This Mighty River: Music of the Children of J.S BachGGame of Pairs, Part I Game of Pairs, Part IIGershwin, GeorgeGet the PictureGitana: Gypsy Music and Its InfluencesGreen and Pleasant Land Grieg and SibeliusHHandel, George FridericHaydn and Mozart QuartetsHaydn SymphoniesHidden Gold, Part IHidden Gold, Part IIHHindemith, PaulHit or Myth (FREE)Holiday CelebrationHomageII Didn't Know About YouI Hear a Rhapsody I Hear America Singing I Lost it at the MoviesIn a Family WayIncidentally SpeakingIntimate VoicesInvitation to the Dance, Part IInvitation to the Dance, Part II Invitation to the Dance, Part IIIIt Takes Two to TangoIt Was a Lover and His Lass Italian SouvenirsJJanacek, LeosKKeyboard SmorgasbordLLatin CarnivalLes SixLife Among the Dead: Requiem MassesListener's Choice, Part IIListener's Choice, Part III Liszt, Franz Little Night Music Little Traveling Music, Please MMaestro, Part IMaestro, Part IIMagnificent MagyarsMahler, Gustav, Part IMahler, Gustav, Part IIMaiden VoyagesMendelssohn, FelixMendelssohn, Schumann and Brahms String QuartetsMerrie EnglandMozart at his Zenith Mozart Piano ConcertosMozart's Birthday BashMozart: Bright Lights, Big CityMusic for the MassesMusic from the Magic Box Music in 19th Century Paris: Waterloo to Bismarck Music in the Time of WarMusic of ScandinaviaMusical Cryptograms NNationalismNew Releases, Part INew Releases, Part IINew Releases, Part III, week 1 of 2New Releases, Part III, week 2 of 2 New Wine in Old Bottles Nielsen, Carl Ninth SymphoniesNobody Ever Builds a Statue to a CriticOOrpheus in the New World Outward BoundPPastoral Symphonies Piano ConcertosPolandPortraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part I Portraits in Black, Brown, & Beige, Part II Ports of Call, Part I Ports of Call, Part II Poulenc, FrancisProkofiev, SergeiProud Tower, Part IProud Tower, Part IIRRachmaninoff, SergeiRavel, Maurice Respighi, OttorinoRimsky-Korsakov and His PupilsRoaring 20's Russian Five: The Mighty Handful SSchool DaysSchubert String QuartetsSchubertiade, Part ISchubertiade, Part II (FREE)Schuman, WilliamSchumann, Robert Shakespeare Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part I Shostakovich, Dmitri, Part IISlipped Through the Cracks Sounds of the City of Lights SoundtracksSpanish SchoolSpring is Here St-Saëns, Camille St. Matthew PassionStrauss, RichardStravinsky, Igor String Quartets from Fibich to SibeliusStrings Plus OneSweet Home Chicago Symphony, Part 01Symphony, Part 02Symphony, Part 03Symphony, Part 04Symphony, Part 05Symphony, Part 06 (French)Symphony, Part 07 (Russian)Symphony, Part 08Symphony, Part 09Symphony, Part 10TTchaikovsky, Peter, Part ITchaikovsky, Peter, Part IIThe Big Five, Part I: Chicago Symphony Orchestra The Big Five, Part I: New York PhilharmonicThe Big Five, Part II: New York PhilharmonicThe Gathering Storm: Music from the Great Depression to WWIIThrough the Mail SlotTone Poems Too Darn BigTriple PlayTudor MusicTwo Very Different Worlds Delius and HolstUUnder the Hood, Part IUnder the Hood, Part II Unfinished SymphoniesVVariationsVaughan Williams, RalphVenice: The Glories of (FREE)Verdi, Giuseppe, Part IVerdi, Giuseppe, Part IIVienna, Part IVienna, Part II Viola (FREE)Violin Concerto Virtuoso, The World ofVoices from the East WWagner's Ring CycleWagner, RichardWalton, WilliamWater MusicWhat Else Ya Got?Wind QuintetsWunderkinder, Part IWunderkinder, Part IIYYin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 1Yin and Yang: The Play of Opposites, Part 2You and the Night and the Music
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Bach Sleeps in on Sundays Purchase Now
Bach spent most of his life in service to the Lutheran Church and his God, but he did write secular music, too. Here we focus on a five year period of Bach’s life, the time in which he worked for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Kothen. The cello suites, the violin sonatas and partitas, and the Brandenberg concerti were all composed by Bach in this five year period.
This week Bill considers the brief but creative period of time in which Johann Sebastian Bach worked not for the Lutheran church, but for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Kothen. We begin with a glimpse into Bach’s The Well-Tempered Clavier, his solo cello pieces and the first of the Brandenburg Concertos.
J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
Decca 421 177
Vivaldi: Winter fr. The Four Seasons (excerpt)
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 3 in E Major (excerpts)
3:29, 6:35, 1:50
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in E-flat Minor fr. The Well-Tempered Clavier
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No. 3 in C Major (excerpts)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center/Shifrin
In this program, Antonio Vivaldi enters the scene. Bill considers Vivaldi’s influence on the musically inclined Prince Leopold and J.S. Bach. We also dip back into the Brandenburg Concertos.
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 11 in D Major, RV 565
Vivaldi: Concerto No. 12 in E Major, finale (excerpt)
J.S. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord in C Major, BWV 976
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 6, BWV 1051, finale
J.S. Bach: Ciaccona fr. Partita No. 2 in d minor, BWV 1004
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 4
Musica Antiqua Köln/Goebel
As absurd as it may sound to us, there was a time when Johann Sebastian Bach fell out of style. We take a look at the Bach revival led by Felix Mendelssohn in Leipzig around 1830, as well as Bach's own influences. Guest Paul Moravec, the 2004 Pulitzer Prize winner in classical music composition, stops by to weigh in on Bach in the second half of the program.
Corelli: Concerto Grosso, Op. 6 No. 9 in F major, I & II
Archiv 423 626-2
Handel: Concerto Op. 6 No. 2 in F major, I & II
Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
DG 447 733-2
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Violin in a minor (excerpt)
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048, finale
Academy of St. Martin in the Fields/Marriner
Phil 400 076-2
J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in B minor fr. The Well-Tempered Clavier
J.S. Bach: Toccata & Fugue in d minor (excerpt)
As we continue with Bach’s time with Leopold, we listen to a fascinating back and forth between violin and harpsichord. We return to Bach’s first suite for solo cello and finish, of course, with the Brandenburg Concerto No. 5.
J.S. Bach: Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 (excerpt)
J.S. Bach: Sonata in b minor for violin & harpshichord, BWV 1014 (excerpt)
Laredo, v.; Gould, p.
J.S. Bach: Cello Suite No 1 in G major, BWV 1007
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
English Concert/Pinnock; Standage, v.
Archiv 413 629
While Bach worked under the patronage of Prince Leopold, he undertook the task of properly tuning the harpsichord, concluding with the creation of The Well-Tempered Clavier. Bill returns to another of Bach’s pieces for solo cello and we finish the week with the Brandenburg Concerto No. 2.
J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue in C# minor fr. The Well-Tempered Clavier
J.S. Bach: Suite for Cello No. 4 in E-flat Major (excerpts)
J.S. Bach: Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
Podger, v.; Pinnock, hps.
Channel Classics 14798
J.S. Bach: “Erbarme dich” fr. St. Matthew Passion (excerpt)
CSO/Solti; von Otter, ms.
Lon 421 177
J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047
CSO/Levine; Herseth, tpt.; Magad, v.; Peck, fl.; Still, ob.
J.S. Bach: Prelude & Fugue in E major fr. The Well-Tempered Clavier
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