J.S. Bach http://wrti.org en The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-bachs-st-matthew-passion-easter-sunday-1-pm <p></p><p style="font-family: 'Times New Roman'; font-size: medium; line-height: normal;">Yannick Nezet-Seguin&nbsp;conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the <strong><em>St. Matthew Passion</em>.</strong></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:01:37 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6372 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion, Easter Sunday at 1 PM Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI http://wrti.org/post/bachs-st-john-passion-good-friday-wrti <p>Join WRTI on Good Friday at noon, for a complete performance of <strong>Johann Sebastian Bach's <em>St. John Passion, </em></strong>a work written for Good Friday Vespers service of 1724 in Leipzig. This performance was recorded in concert on Good Friday in 2013 in the Perelman Theater at the Kimmel Center.</p><p>Valentin Radu conducts his <strong>Ama Deus Ensemble</strong> and features soprano Megan Monaghan, alto Jody Kidwell, tenor Kenneth Garner, and bass-baritone Kevin Deas, and The Philadelphia Boys Choir. This performance is sung in English.</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 16:00:14 +0000 Jack Moore 7186 at http://wrti.org Bach's St. John Passion for Good Friday on WRTI Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach http://wrti.org/post/performing-majestic-music-js-bach-modern-yet-historical-approach <p></p><p>J.S. Bach’s 329th birthday is Monday, March 31st. In recent years, the iconic composer’s music has been embraced by period performers, and played less frequently by big symphony orchestras. As WRTI’s Susan Lewis reports, <strong>The Philadelphia Orchestra takes a very modern - yet historical - approach to his music in WRTI's Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, March 30th at 1 pm. </strong></p><p>The broadcast also features Bach’s Piano Concerto No. 1, and music of Strauss and Mahler.</p><p>http://youtu.be/x9Sbk3E8-ws</p><p></p><p></p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 15:50:17 +0000 Susan Lewis 7112 at http://wrti.org Performing The Majestic Music of J.S. Bach: A Modern Yet Historical Approach 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: J. S. Bach, Brandenburg No. 3 http://wrti.org/post/60th-anniversary-classical-cd-highlight-j-s-bach-brandenburg-no-3 <p>The&nbsp;<em>Brandenburg Concerto No. 3</em> of Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the&nbsp;Swiss Baroque Soloists,<span style="color: rgb(51, 51, 51); font-family: Georgia, Times, serif; font-size: 15px; line-height: 22px; ">&nbsp;is featured on CD 1 in the WRTI 60th Anniversary Classical 3-CD set.</span></p><p>The six instrumental works presented by Bach to Christian Ludwig, Margrave of Brandenburg-Schwedt in 1721 are among the finest musical compositions of the Baroque era. The Third in the set is scored for three violins, three violas, three cellos, and basso continuo, including harpsichord. The Margrave not only never paid Bach for his work, but he failed even to thank him. This third concerto is a highlight of one of the happiest and most productive periods in Bach's life.<br><br>Even though he didn't call them the "Brandenburgs" himself, Bach still thought of them as a set. Compiled from short instrumental sinfonias and concerto movements he had already written, Bach re-worked the old music, often re-writing and elaborating where he saw fit, and creating in the process some of the most brilliant and enjoyable of any of his works.<br> Mon, 09 Sep 2013 21:00:31 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 6422 at http://wrti.org 60th Anniversary Classical CD Highlight: J. S. Bach, Brandenburg No. 3 The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: An All-Bach Broadcast! http://wrti.org/post/philadelphia-orchestra-concert-wrti-all-bach-broadcast <p>Bach specialist Nicholas McGegan conducts The Philadelphia&nbsp;Orchestra this Sunday, May 19th, 2 to 4 pm, in an all-Bach concert - bringing a special touch to the Orchestra, and throwing the spotlight on several Philadelphia Orchestra soloists.</p><p>Concertmaster David Kim, Principal Oboist Richard Woodhams, Principal Horn Jennifer Montone, and Principal Flute Jeffrey Khaner are just some of the stellar players of the Orchestra who will play major roles in a program including:</p> Fri, 17 May 2013 17:13:19 +0000 Gregg Whiteside 5535 at http://wrti.org The Philadelphia Orchestra In Concert On WRTI: An All-Bach Broadcast! Good Friday on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion http://wrti.org/post/good-friday-wrti-bachs-st-matthew-passion <p>Listen to our annual broadcast of Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 on Good Friday, March 29th, a few minutes after 12 noon.</p><p>The recording features <span class="piecedata">K</span><span class="piecedata">arl Richter conducting the&nbsp;Munich Bach Orchestra, Munich Bach Choir, and Regensburg Cathedral Choir. </span><span class="piecedata">Edith Mathis (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), and Matti Salminen (Bass)</span>.</p><p>Happy Easter from WRTI!<br>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:35:07 +0000 Jack Moore 5331 at http://wrti.org Good Friday on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion The Monumental St. Matthew Passion: Bach in Philadelphia http://wrti.org/post/monumental-st-matthew-passion-bach-philadelphia <p></p><p>For the first time in almost 30 years, The Philadelphia Orchestra is performing Bach’s St. Matthew Passion. The monumental oratorio fell into obscurity for decades after Bach's death in 1750. Composer Felix Mendelssohn's production of the work in 1829 helped spark the modern Bach revival. Susan Lewis considers Bach’s life and work.</p><p><strong>On March 28th through 30th, The Philadelphia Orchestra performs the uncut Bach’s St. Matthew Passion, with costumes and dramatic lighting at the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. </strong></p><p></p><p></p><p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:36:23 +0000 Susan Lewis 5312 at http://wrti.org The Monumental St. Matthew Passion: Bach in Philadelphia Preparing The Chorus For A Master Work http://wrti.org/post/preparing-chorus-master-work <p></p><p>Music lives at Westminster Choir College at Rider University in Princeton, New Jersey. As WRTI's Jim Cotter reports, the college's Westminster Symphonic Choir has, for almost 90 years, been performing with the world's foremost orchestras under some legendary conductors, including Leopold Stokowski, Arturo Toscanini, Bruno Walter, Leonard Bernstein, Herbert von Karajan, Pierre Boulez, Robert Shaw, Kurt Masur and on and on.</p><p>Joe Miller is professor of conducting and chair of conducting for organ and sacred music at Westminster Choir College. This week, his Westminster Symphonic Choir performs Bach’s St Mathew Passion with The Philadelphia Orchestra under Yannick Nezet-Seguin, a Westminster Alum.</p><p>http://youtu.be/zYHRbAJu1dg</p><p> Sun, 24 Mar 2013 23:18:36 +0000 Jim Cotter 5295 at http://wrti.org Preparing The Chorus For A Master Work J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Six Parts on WRTI http://wrti.org/post/j-s-bachs-christmas-oratorio-six-parts-wrti <p>Hear the complete Christmas Oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach between December 25th and January 12th. The first part describes the birth of&nbsp; Jesus, the second the annunciation to the shepherds, the third the adoration of the shepherds, the fourth the naming of Jesus, the fifth (for the first Sunday after New Year) the journey of the Magi, and the sixth (for Epiphany) the adoration of the Magi.&nbsp;</p><p><strong>Listen to the work's six parts&nbsp;on December 25th, 26th, 27th and January 1st at 3 pm, and on Saturday, January 5th, and Saturday, January 12th at 10 am.</strong></p> Sun, 23 Dec 2012 15:41:53 +0000 Jack Moore 4920 at http://wrti.org J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Six Parts on WRTI Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education http://wrti.org/post/avi-avital-mandolinists-unlikely-education Avi Avital is one of the world's leading classical mandolinists, gracing concert halls from Tel Aviv to Munich to New York. But the young Israeli says he discovered the mandolin only by coincidence.<p>"When I was a kid, I had a neighbor who played the mandolin — the neighbor from upstairs," Avital tells NPR's Guy Raz. "It was one of those buildings where all the doors are open and all the neighbors are friends and more close than relatives. Mon, 10 Sep 2012 12:24:00 +0000 NPR Music 4114 at http://wrti.org Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education