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Johann Sebastian Bach

April 10, 2009


This time of year, the word "passion" takes on a special meaning. It's not about love or desire. It's about suffering and death. Today, in observance of Good Friday, we'll feature passion narratives by two very different composers: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, and Osvaldo Golijov's St. Mark Passion. They offer two very different takes on the same story, written three centuries apart.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Variation XXI from "Goldberg Variations"
    Violinist Julian Rachlin, violist Nobuko Imai, and cellist Mischa Maisky
  • William Byrd
    "Miserere Mihi" ("Have Mercy Upon Me")
    Stile Antico
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Peter Tchaikovsky
    Nocturne in D Minor for Cello and Orchestra
    Cellist and conductor Mischa Maisky with the Danish Radio Symphony Orchestra
    New Concert Hall, Copenhagen, Denmark
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Final Aria from "Goldberg Variations"
    Pianist Christopher Taylor
    Van Cliburn Piano Competition, Fort Worth, Texas
  • Joseph Haydn
    Excerpts from "Seven Last Words of Our Savior from the Cross," Op. 51
    The Soyulla Ensemble with poet and narrator Michael Dennis Browne
    House of Hope Presbyterian Church, St. Paul, Minnesota

hour 2

  • Osvaldo Golijov
    "Kaddish," from "The Passion of St. Mark"
    The Passion Orchestra, Schola Cantorum of Caracas, Alberto Grau choir, singer Luciana Souza, and conductor Maria Guinand
    Stuttgart Festival, Stuttgart, Germany
  • Osvaldo Golijov
    The Saint Lawrence String Quartet with clarinetist Todd Palmer
    Maud Moon Weyerhaeuser Music Studio, St. Paul, Minnesota
  • Francois Couperin
    "Lesson One," from "Lessons for Tenebrae"
    Soprano Sandrine Piau with Les Talens Lyriques and conductor Christopher Rousset
  • Anthony Holborne
    "The Sighs"
    Capriccio Stravagante with conductor Skip Sempe
    Musica Antica Early Music Festival, Bruges, Belgium
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Excerpts from "The Saint John Passion"
    The Munich Bach Orchestra and Choir with conductor Karl Richter
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Excerpts from "St. Matthew Passion"
    The Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra and Chorus with soprano Sibylla Rubens, alto Ingeborg Danz, tenor Lothar Odinius, basses Nathan Berg and Michael Nagy, and conductor Helmuth Rilling
    Oregon Bach Festival, Eugene, Oregon
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