Discover outstanding recordings of Bach's music and some of the interesting details in Bach's works. Each episode is dedicate to one work by J.S. Bach.
Bachcast 62: English Suite #6 in D minor
John listens to recordings of Bach's sixth English Suite for 2 hands
BWV 1020 may not be by Bach; but it's a strong sonata that has been played by different instruments, most notably flute or violin
Bachcast Episode 60
We listen to several versions of the Sinfonia, and two recordings of the cantata.
Bachcast 59: Concerto, BWV 1054
My first discovery of the world of baroque music is tied to this very concerto. I survey a number of excellent recordings.
Andreas Staier with FBO
Francesco Cera with I Barocchisi
Pierre Hantaï with Le Concert Français
Sergio Ciomei with Europa Galante
The harpsichord concertos by Bach are believed by some to all be arrangements of concertos Bach originally wrote for different instruments. In the case of BWV 1054, we have the surviving version for violin, the Concerto in E, BWV 1042. The harpsichord version differs, with Bach adding more idiomatic material for the harpsichord in several sections. Formally, the first and second movement contain more musical material and a short finale closes the concerto in the similar affable, cheery style that opened the concerto with a major triad.
Bachcast 58: Cello Suite no. 1, BWV 1007
John explores favorite renditions from the first suite for solo cello, including from Yo-Yo Ma's new recording on Sony Classical
Bach's "Dorian" toccata and fugue for organ
BWV 538 is one of the "big" toccata and fugue pairs by J.S. Bach
The only reason this isn't five stars is that some episodes are missing the music!
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This podcast is a breath of fresh air. Keep up the great work and I look forward to continuing to enjoy this with my morning coffee.