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Weekend of June 30, 2012

Bach as Muse

It's probably not an exaggeration to say that Johann Sebastian Bach has inspired more composers than anybody else. Plenty of people over the centuries have claimed him as their muse. In today's show, three composers use Bach as a jumping-off point. And we'll hear from the master himself, his tour de force 6-part fugue from the "Musical Offering."

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Third movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, BWV 1048
    The Chamber Orchestra of Europe
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Ricercar a 6 from the Musical Offering, BWV 1079
    The St. Lawrence String Quartet, Arnaud Sussmann, viola, Dennis Godburn, bassoon, Scott Pingel, bass
    Music@Menlo, Palo Alto, California
  • The Piano Puzzler
    This week's contestant is Sherry Mills from Austin, Texas
  • Heitor Villa-Lobos
    Bachianas Brasileiras No. 9
    The San Francisco Symphony, Michael Tilson Thomas, conductor
    Davies Symphony Hall, San Francisco
  • Rob Mosher
    Chorale No. 24
    Rob Mosher, soprano saxophone, Micah Killion, trumpet, Peter Hess, bass clarinet, Nathan Turner, tuba
  • Christopher Theofanidis
    The KBS Symphony Orchestra, Shinik Hahm, conductor
    Seoul Arts Center, Seoul, South Korea

hour 2

  • Francis Poulenc
    Intermezzo No. 1 in C
    Pascal Roge, piano
  • Johannes Brahms
    Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56A
    The Montreal Symphony Orchestra, Kent Nagano, conductor
    Wilfrid-Pelletier Hall, Montreal, Quebec
  • Henry Purcell and Lukas Langlotz
    Now that the Sun Hath Veiled its Light, from Three Songs for Tenor and Chamber Orchestra
    Mark Padmore, tenor, the Basel Chamber Orchestra, Yuki Kasai, violin and leader
    St. Martin's Church, Basel, Switzerland
  • Francis Poulenc
    Flute Sonata
    Ransom Wilson, flute, Andre-Michel Schub, piano
    Alice Tully Hall, New York City
  • Arthur Honegger
    Pastorale d'ete (Summer Pastorale)
    The Orpheus Chamber Orchestra
    Carnegie Hall, New York City
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