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J S Bach

January 18, 2013

Taking it out for a Spin

If you've ever had a shiny, brand new car, you may have found yourself volunteering to drive a lot more than you used to. Take the kids to soccer practice? Sure. Go pick up a loaf of bread? Love to. Johann Sebastian Bach was in pretty much the same place in 1719. He had just gotten a shiny, brand new harpsichord, and desperately wanted to take it out for a spin. So he wrote a flashy harpsichord part into the piece he was working on, his Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. We'll hear Bach's shiny new set of wheels, from a concert in Germany.

Today's Playlist

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hour 1

  • Leos Janacek
    First movement from In the Mists
    Leif Ove Andsnes, piano
  • Heinrich Schutz
    Three Italian Madrigals
    The American Brass Quintet
    Aspen Music Festival, Aspen, Colorado
  • Leos Janacek
    Taras Bulba
    The Finnish Radio Symphony Orchestra, Santtu-Matias Rouvali, conductor
    Music Centre, Helsinki, Finland
  • Sergei Rachmaninoff
    Excerpts from Thirteen Preludes, Op. 13
    Claire Huangci, piano
    Ansermet Studio, Geneva, Switzerland

hour 2

  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    First movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 1
    The Marlboro Festival Orchestra, Pablo Casals, conductor
  • Dan Visconti
    Drift of Rainbows
    The Scharoun Ensemble Berlin and friends, Michael Hasel, conductor
  • Dan Visconti
    Remembrances
    Richard Duven, cello, Majella Stockhausen, piano
  • Johann Sebastian Bach
    Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D , BWV 1050
    Emmanuel Pahud, flute, Yuki Kasai, violin, Davide Pozzi, harpsichord, the Potsdam Chamber Academy, Antonello Manacorda, conductor
    Nikolai Hall, Potsdam, Germany
  • Peteris Vasks
    Epifania
    The Tallinn Chamber Orchestra, Juha Kangas, conductor
    Blackheads Guild Hall, Tallinn, Estonia
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