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Documentary: Experiencing Bach – The performance and recording of a Bach Cantata

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November 2, 2014

Documentary about the J. S. Bach Foundation. Find out more about this foundation who performs all Bach cantatas within 25 years.

One of the YouTube channels I keep an eye on is that of the Swiss J.S. Bach Foundation St. Gallen their goal is to perform J.S. Bach's complete vocal works in order to provide the public, in particular young people, with "a better understanding of the composer's work". This is harder than it sounds not least because these works – especially the cantatas are often relatively short but they still require an orchestra playing period instruments, a choir, and often soloists. All of this is quite expensive as you may imagine.  They've just upload a documentary (English dubbed) that shows the work and effort that goes into each performance. I found it fascinating. Enjoy :-).

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BBC Documentary – Bach: A Passionate Life – John Eliot Gardiner

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May 4, 2014

John Eliot Gardiner goes in search of Bach the man and the musician.

The famous portrait of Bach portrays a grumpy 62-year-old man in a wig and formal coat, yet his greatest works were composed 20 years earlier in an almost unrivalled blaze of creativity.

We reveal a complex and passionate artist; a warm and convivial family man at the same time a rebellious spirit struggling with the hierarchies of state and church who wrote timeless music that is today known world-wide. Gardiner undertakes a 'Bach Tour' of Germany, and sifts the relatively few clues we have - some newly-found.

Most of all, he uses the music to reveal the real Bach.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Zerfließe mein Herze – Soprano Aria from St John Passion BWV245

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April 25, 2014

Zerfließe mein Herze (Dissolve, my heart) is one of Bach's most lovely solo soprano arias. It's sung below by treble Tizian Geyer of the Knabenchor der Chorakademie Dortmund. Enjoy :-).

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Bach St John Passion Johannes-Passion BWV 245 John Eliot Gardiner – YouTube

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April 21, 2014

J. S. Bach (1685–1750): Aus der Tiefen rufe ich, Herr, zu Dir BWV 246/40a (De profundis)

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April 12, 2014

Of the five passions mentioned by Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach and Johann Friedrich Agricola in Johann Sebastian Bach’s obituary notice of 1754 only two have survived the one based on the Gospel According to St. John and the one based on the Gospel According to St. Matthew. There was also a passion based on the Gospel According to St. Mark but only the text of that particular passion has come down to us. So what of the other two? They seem to have vanished without trace but an important point to remember is that the passions Bach presented in Leipzig weren't necessarily always composed by him. He also presented the works of other composers such Reinhard Keiser it's entirely possible that the St. Luke Passion that he presented to the congregation in 1730 and then in 1745 was another composer's work. We also know that the St. Luke Passion published in the 1895  edition of Bach's complete works and listed as BWV 246 is very unlikely to have been composed by Bach. In 1971 writing in the Bach-Jahrbuch the late Yoshitake Kobayashi wrote about an autograph copy by Bach in which he had taken the two-voice setting sung by Peter in the St. Luke passion to the words of the sixth verse of the chorale and refashioned the chorale melody to make it conform to the expanded form in use in his parish. This expansion is the basis of the expanded this chorale setting  you can hear below scored for tenor and five strings, including two violas. A curiosity? Certainly, but one that will amply repay the very small amount of time it takes to listen to.

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