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Bach: Solace and Inspiration

Airs on September 11th at 9:30pm on 93.9 FM

Thursday, September 08, 2011

Immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001, WNYC began non-stop news coverage, keeping New Yorkers crucially informed from our studios just blocks from the World Trade Center.

Like many, Producer/Host David Garland, was shaken by the attacks, which had at first swept aside the former significance of now apparently trivial things like art and music. But as the intense emergency of 9/11 subsided, Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion, the beauty of Bach's musical logic, and the profound way Bach's music is able to express the truths and ideals of humanity, Garland created "Bach: Solace and Inspiration," to inaugurate WNYC's return to music programming on September 23, 2001.

Through music and brief commentary, Garland and special guests convey the introspective and universal, heart-felt and uplifting marvels of Bach's work.

Guests on the program include British conductor Sir John Elliot Gardiner, harpsichordist Arthur Haas, and Rick Ericson, Cantor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. Hester Furman, then Music Director of WNYC, helped produce the program.

Playlist:

Double, from Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
Rachel Podger, violin
Channel Classics 12198

Aria, from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 orchestrated by Dmitri Sitkovetski
COND: Dmitri Sitkovetski
ORCH: NES Symphony Orchestra
Nonesuch 79341

Variation #3 Conone all'Usisuono, from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
orchestrated by Dmitri Sitkovetski
COND: Dmitri Sitkovetski
ORCH: NES Symphony Orhestra
Nonesuch 79341

"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 645
arr. by Sir Granville Bantock
COND: Leonard Slatkin
ORCH: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 9835

Andante, from Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Angela Hewitt, piano
Hyperion 67306

Sinfonia, from Cantata BWV 156
COND: Andrew Parrott
ORCH: Tavener Players
Virgin Veritas 61304

Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 846
Andrew Lawrence King, harp
Teldec/Das Alte Werk 91183

Contrapunctus 13 a 3, from The Art of the Fugue
The Keller Quartet
ECM 1652

Contrapunctus 1, from The Art of the Fugue
The Keller Quartet
ECM 1652

Gigue, from Suite BWV 1006/a
Rolf Lislevand, lute
Astree 8807

Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Rachel Podger, violin
Channel Classics 12198

Chaconne, from Partita No. 2
arr. by F. Busoni
Evgeny Kissin, piano
RCA 68911

Chaconne, from Partita No. 2
arr. by Joseph Joachim Raff
COND: Leonard Slatkin
ORCH: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 9835

Adagio, from Violin Sonata #3 In E, BWV 1016
Giuliano Carmignola; Andrea Marcon
Sony Classical 89469

Motet: "O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Light" BWV 1186
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
Archiv 429782

Solo Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Pieter Wispelwey, cello
Channel Classics 1090

Intro music:
Sinfonia from Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248
COND: Andrew Parrott
ORCH: Tavener Players
Virgin Veritas 61304

Choral: Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
Erato 88030

Vivace, from Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV
Wieland Kuijken, viola da gamba Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77044

selection from Cantata BWV 20
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
unreleased

Chorale from Cantata BWV 166
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
unreleased

Aria from Cantata BWV 95
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
SOLOIST: Mark Padmore, tenor
unreleased

selection from Cantata BWV 71
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
unreleased

Sheep May Safely Graze
arr. by Leopold Stokowski
COND: Wolfgang Sawallisch
ORCH: Philadelphia Orchestra
EMI 55592 

The unreleased recordings were made during Sir John Elliot Gardiner's "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage," used with permission

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Comments [3]

Lisa Vickery from Hoboken

What a perfect way to close this day. I only wish I'd heard the original program back in September of 2001, when it would have been equally soothing and contemplative and restorative.
Thank you, David Garland!

Sep. 11 2011 11:02 PM
Anthony from Jackson Heights

I find listening to Mr. Garland's program of Bach's music very consoling on this special day. It accomplished it purpose of giving solace and inspiration, at least for me. The quality of the commentary--Mr. Garland's and the others--and especially that of Arthur Haas--is excellent. Haas's use of the word "chaos" (always resolved) was an eye (I mean ear) opener. I hope this program, in which Mr. Garland skillfully weaves an array of Bach's works into a seamless and beautiful musical tapestry, is periodically re-broadcast.

Sep. 11 2011 10:54 PM
Mary Ann Willoughby from NYC

Thank you for such an amazing and moving show, I am left speechless. This music lives on eternally and transcendentally. I will listen to this over and over.

Sep. 09 2011 08:49 PM

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