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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for J. S. Bach. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about J. S. Bach, often where they are interviewed.

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14 of The Best Podcast Episodes for J. S. Bach. A collection of podcasts episodes with or about J. S. Bach, often where they are interviewed.

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From the Studio: Yvette Kraft Plays the J. S. Bach "Chaconne"

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Violinist Yvette Kraft stopped by our KPBX studio to play for us, a welcome respite from the COVID-related drought of live performance in the last months. Yvette shares with us a piece she just learned, but will never be "done" with, Sebastian Bach's "Chaconne," from his Partia No. 2 for Solo Violin .
Aug 31 2020 · 22mins
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J. S. Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No. 4

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My friend, and fellow violinist, Lindsey and I discuss music by the one and only Johann Sebastian Bach. Who knew music from the 1700s could sound so metal?

Paired with the Bijou because I wanted to talk about Chartreuse when Bach finally made an appearance on the podcast. 1.5 oz gin, .75 oz sweet vermouth, .75 oz green Chartreuse, two dashes orange bitters. Stir, pour into a chilled martini glass, garnish with an orange peel.

With special guest Lindsey Bordner

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Feb 21 2020 · 1hr 2mins

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Magnificat in D major, J. S. Bach

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On Sunday, December 8, 2019 the Unity Temple Choir, soloists and the Bach Baroque Chamber Orchestra presented the Bach Magnificat in D major. This, one of J.S Bach's most performed works, features five soloists and a five part chorus, beginning and ending with exciting and challenging choral movements.

Bach, a master in setting Biblical texts, has crafted a work that shows wonderful attention to the meaning of Mary's Song of Praise (Luke I: 46-55), amplified by the various moods, textures and orchestral colors that engage the listener as Mary exults in being blessed to be the Mother of the Messiah.

In order to maintain the format of the worship service, three musical movements are not included in this performance.

The theme for December is what it means to be a people of awe. To read about our theme-based ministry, please visit http://www.unitytemple.org/faith.

Dec 08 2019 · 21mins
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Magna Sequentia II. A quick step through J. S. Bach’s keyboard dances.

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If playlists had been available in the 18th century, Magna Sequentia IIwould undoubtedly have enjoyed an enthusiastic reception, with its varied track list embodying a theme of music by association. In her second of three Magna Sequentias, pianist Sonia Rubinsky leads with J. S. Bach’s Overture in the French Style and follows by building around it a grand suite of Bach’s dances for keyboard. The programme of 17 movements illustrates the different styles and expressive moods of Bach’s dance writing. Taken together, the collection is an international potpourri that blends the ornate and sophisticated French style, the more straightforward and virtuosic Italian style, and the stricter contrapuntal writing of the German style, with a touch of England thrown in for good measure. Raymond Bisha presents the introduction to this release.

Oct 18 2019 · 20mins
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J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantatas: Populus Sion (Advent 2) – BWV 36, “Schwingt freudig euch empor”

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Dec 09 2018 ·
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J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantatas – Twenty-fourth Sunday after Trinity, BWV 26: “Ach wie flüchtig, ach wie nichtig”

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Nov 11 2018 ·
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J. S. Bach’s Sacred Cantatas – Festival of the Reformation, BWV 80: “Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott”

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Oct 31 2018 ·
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Fall Concert: Music by J. S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, and W.A. Mozart

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Fall Concert: Music by J. S. Bach, Arcangelo Corelli, and W.A. Mozart by Thomas Aquinas College Lectures & Talks
Sep 10 2018 · 1hr 32mins
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To God alone be glory: J. S. Bach's St Matthew Passion Part 4 - Andrew Carwood (2018)

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Please note that due to copyright, musical pieces played at this reflective day have been edited out of this podcast. Recordings referred to are Ton Koopman conducting the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with artists including Peter Kooy (Bass/Jesus) and Kai Wessel (Alto Vocals), and Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Concentus Musicus Wien with artists including Matthias Görne (Bass/Jesus), Oliver Widmer (Bass/Judas) Bernarda Fink (Alto) and Christine Schäfer (Soprano). (Some inaudible audience questions and comments have also been edited out.)

Part 4: “In my beginning is my end”
Aus Liebe (Harnoncourt edited out at 00.02.35.793 (with Christine Schäfer)
Excerpt 9 – Final (Koopman edited out at 00.16.14.899)

J.S. Bach is our greatest musical theologian. He wrote brilliant, innovative music, loved and performed as much today as ever, and also had a unique capacity to illuminate great spiritual and theological truths. His setting of St Matthew’s account of the Passion is not only an absolutely faithful telling of the whole narrative from Jesus’ anointing at the house of Simon the leper to the moment he is laid in the tomb, but also an extraordinary and expansive musical meditation on its meaning.

Andrew Carwood is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, an internationally regarded singer and conductor, and the Founder-Director of the award-winning early music ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick.

Recorded on 17 March 2018.
May 14 2018 · 22mins
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To God alone be glory: J. S. Bach's St Matthew Passion Part 3 - Andrew Carwood (2018)

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Please note that due to copyright, musical pieces played at this reflective day have been edited out of this podcast. Recordings referred to are Ton Koopman conducting the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with artists including Peter Kooy (Bass/Jesus) and Kai Wessel (Alto Vocals), and Nikolaus Harnoncourt conducting the Concentus Musicus Wien with artists including Matthias Görne (Bass/Jesus), Oliver Widmer (Bass/Judas) Bernarda Fink (Alto) and Christine Schäfer (Soprano). (Some inaudible audience questions and comments have also been edited out.)

Part 3: Telling the Story
Excerpt 5 – Jesus’ ‘halo’ (Harnoncourt edited out at 00.03.56.400 (with Matthias Görne as Jesus))
Excerpt 6 – Jesus Forsaken (Koopman edited out at 00.06.32.816 (with Peter Kooy as Jesus))
Excerpt 7 – Peter (Koopman edited out at 00.15.06.356 (with Kai Wessel as Peter)) and Harnoncourt edited out at 00.16.54.141 (with Bernarda Fink)
Excerpt 8 – Judas (Harnoncourt edited out at 00.22.46.937 (with Oliver Widmer as Judas)

J.S. Bach is our greatest musical theologian. He wrote brilliant, innovative music, loved and performed as much today as ever, and also had a unique capacity to illuminate great spiritual and theological truths. His setting of St Matthew’s account of the Passion is not only an absolutely faithful telling of the whole narrative from Jesus’ anointing at the house of Simon the leper to the moment he is laid in the tomb, but also an extraordinary and expansive musical meditation on its meaning.

Andrew Carwood is the Director of Music at St Paul’s Cathedral, an internationally regarded singer and conductor, and the Founder-Director of the award-winning early music ensemble The Cardinall’s Musick.

Recorded on 17 March 2018.
May 14 2018 · 28mins
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