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Iconic Portrait of J.S. Bach Returns to Germany

Thursday, April 30, 2015

A portrait of Bach considered one of the most important paintings in the classical music world is being returned to his home city after a 250-year odyssey.
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Preservation Battles for Bach, Ives Homes Take Unusual Twists

Friday, February 14, 2014

While many former homes of history’s composers have been destroyed by war, natural disaster or workaday real estate development, campaigners have increasingly sought to preserve what remains.

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Gardiner: J.S. Bach Was a Hooligan in his Youth

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Johann Sebastian Bach may have been quite a brawler as a teenager. So writes John Eliot Gardiner, conductor and noted Bach interpreter, in a new book about the German baroque composer.

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WQXR Features

Joshua Rifkin, Onetime Early-Music Rebel, Looks Bach

Friday, June 28, 2013

Joshua Rifkin studied with Babbitt and Stockhausen, recorded with a jug band, and created arrangements for Judy Collins. This Sunday at 9 pm, he talks with David Garland about J.S. Bach.

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Albums of the Week

Hopkinson Smith Strums Bach Cello Suites on Lute

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Lute virtuoso Hopkinson Smith is no purist when it comes to Bach. His latest recording is the second of two devoted to Bach’s six suites for solo cello, transcribed here for lute.

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WQXR Features

On-Demand Video: András Schiff Plays Bach in The Greene Space

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On Wednesday, the pianist András Schiff joined host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss and perform the music of J.S. Bach. Watch the archived video.

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The Greene Space

Pianist and composer Matt Herskowitz performs Bach's Prelude in C minor, live at Bach Lounge in The Greene Space

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Pianist and composer Matt Herskowitz was among the performers at WQXR's Bach Lounge — a two-part evening celebrating cross-genre interpretations of J.S. Bach's work. Here, he performs Bach's Prelude in C minor, which he recorded for the Grammy-nominated soundtrack to the 2003 animated film "The Triplets of Belleville."

Host Terrance McKnight noted the performance was reminiscent of the classical pianist Glenn Gould. 

"That's because I was originally hired by [director] Sylvain Chomet to play this prelude in the style of Glenn Gould, basically to imitate his performance for the movie," Herskowitz said. "So I did that, and then I started fooling around with the jazz waltz version and he said, 'Hey, why don't you do a take? We might use that in a movie.' And he did."

 

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Top Five Epic Cycles in Classical Music

Thursday, April 04, 2013

There’s something at least mildly obsessive about presenting a composer’s complete set of works. Here are the top five ambitious cycles, from Haydn to Mahler.

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WQXR Features

Bach 360°: Chorales, Cantatas and an Oratorio for Easter

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two things are certain about the classical music calendar: Handel at Christmas and Bach at Easter. For the final day of Bach 360°, read more about the Easter-themed works.

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WQXR Features

Bach 360°: What Type of Singers Did Bach Prefer?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

What kinds of voices did Bach have in mind for his vocal works? Which voice type is most capable of communicating the composer's music: boy sopranos, countertenors or women?

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WQXR Features

Bach 360°: The Passions, Ravishing and Disputed

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bach's St. John Passion is among the great monuments of the choral literature but it is also controversial for its setting of the St. John Passion. Find out why and leave a comment.

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WQXR Features

Bach 360°: How Bach Scored with the Keyboard

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beyond religion, beyond duty, beyond fashion lies J.S. Bach’s music for keyboard. Read David Patrick Stearns's take on the composer's epic keyboard works and get a free download.

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Live Broadcasts

On-Demand Video: Bach's Goldberg Variations with Simone Dinnerstein

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Bach's Goldberg Variations are among his most beloved works in the classical canon, and pianist Simone Dinnerstein has put her own distinctive spin on them.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Graham Parker and Simone Dinnerstein on Bach 360

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Graham Parker, General Manager and Vice President of WQXR, and Simone Dinnerstein, one of the best-known contemporary Bach interpreters, discuss WQXR’s all Bach festival, Bach 360, March 21 (Bach’s birthday)–March 31.WQXR 105.9 FM in New York and WQXR.org will break with its regular programming to present an all-Bach playlist, playing every single piece by the composer—every cantata, every chorale prelude, every keyboard study—more than 1000 works total.  Dinnerstein’s album of Bach’s Goldberg Variations ranked 1 on the US Billboard Classical Charts in its first week of sales, and she’ll be performing her rendition of Bach’s Goldberg Variations on March 28, at 12 pm, in The Greene Space.

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Video: Organist Paul Jacobs Makes a 'Glorious Racket' in Bach

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

In this video, Juilliard organ department chairman Paul Jacobs shows us how Bach is played on the pipe organ.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

Bo Xilai and Corruption in China, Bach 360, a Novel set in Vichy France, Animal Drones

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

We’ll look at the recent downfall of Bo Xilai and how it revealed a major power struggle within the Chinese Communist Party. Graham Parker and pianist Simone Dinnerstein talk about WQXR’s Bach 360 festival and about Dinnerstein’s performance of the Goldberg Variations. Nancy Kricorian talks about her novel, All the Light There Was, about an Armenian family’s struggle to survive in Vichy France. And we'll find about insects and animals engineered to be drones!

WQXR Features

Bach 360°: Cross-Genre Reinventions

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

No other composer has spurred as many reinterpretations as Bach, from jazz and bluegrass to rock. Author Paul Elie considers why. Plus: get a free Bach download.

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The McGraw Hill Financial Young Artists Showcase

Bach and Forth

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

For a special Bach 360 edition of the Young Artists Showcase, host Bob Sherman presents some interesting performances on instruments and in arrangements that Johann Sebastian wouldn’t have imagined.

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WQXR Features

Café Concert: Isabelle Faust

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In an age when crossover-slanted, heavily promoted violin babes are a staple of record industry marketing, Isabelle Faust’s career seems cut from a different cloth.

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WQXR Features

Bach 360°: Dance in the Music of Bach

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

While it's doubtful Bach intended his music for dancing, he wrote his share of gigues, sarabandes and gavottes. Read our top five and get a free download. 

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