J.S. Bach

Happy Easter!
4:35 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

Good Friday on WRTI: Bach's St. Matthew Passion

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.

The recording features Karl Richter conducting the Munich Bach Orchestra, Munich Bach Choir, and Regensburg Cathedral Choir. Edith Mathis (Soprano), Dame Janet Baker (Mezzo Soprano), Peter Schreier (Tenor), Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau (Baritone), and Matti Salminen (Bass).

Happy Easter from WRTI!

Where Music Lives
7:18 pm
Sun March 24, 2013

Preparing The Chorus For A Master Work

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.

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.

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WRTI Spotlight
10:41 am
Sun December 23, 2012

J. S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio in Six Parts on WRTI

Hear the complete Christmas Oratorio of Johann Sebastian Bach between December 25th and January 12th. The first part describes the birth of  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. 

Listen to the work's six parts on December 25th, 26th, 27th and January 1st at 3 pm, and on Saturday, January 5th, and Saturday, January 12th at 10 am.

Deceptive Cadence
8:24 am
Mon September 10, 2012

Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12.
Uwe Arens Deutsche Grammophon

Originally published on Tue September 18, 2012 4:24 pm

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.

"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. It was like one big family.

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Music Reviews
11:51 am
Tue July 10, 2012

'St. Matthew Passion': A Monumental Bach Feast

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the St. Matthew Passion in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
Getty Digital

Originally published on Tue July 10, 2012 12:25 pm

Facing Bach's St. Matthew Passion, I often feel a combination of anticipation and dread. It's a great work, profound in its humanity and spirituality, with sublimely beautiful music. But it's a long haul, and if it's not a good performance, well, I'm stuck. And it can be not-good in various ways: either too solemnly pious or too much an exercise in musical style rather than emotional drama. A new DVD recorded in 2010 at Berlin's great concert hall, the Philharmonie, would be of major interest under any circumstances.

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News & Views
10:55 am
Mon March 19, 2012

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): A Look at His Life and Legacy

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): A Look at His Life and His Legacy

Philadelphia, PA – WRTI's Susan Lewis profiles the Master of Baroque! The great German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist J. S. Bach's birthday is March 21st. The Bach Festival of Philadelphia is March 30th to April 1st at St. Mark's Episcopal Church in Rittenhouse Square.

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4:07 pm
Sat February 25, 2012

Violinist Anne Akiko Meyers

Join Jill Pasternak as she interviews Anne Akiko Meyers. The violinist's new CD with the English Chamber Orchestra, Air: The Bach Album, features the A minor & E Major Concerti plus the Double Concerto. The album debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard Classical Albums Chart.

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12:07 pm
Sat May 2, 2009

Latin Band Tiempo Libre

Tiempo Libre will perform at the Kimmel Center on Friday, May 8th. Their new CD, Bach in Havana, will be released on May 5th, 2009.

Two-time Grammy-nominated Tiempo Libre is one the hottest young Latin bands today. Equally at home in concert halls, jazz clubs and dance venues, the members of the Miami-based band are true modern heirs to the rich tradition of the music of their native Cuba.

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Creatively Speaking
1:01 pm
Sat March 17, 2007

Simone Dinnerstein

A conversation with Simone Dinnerstein. Susan Lewis looks ahead to Bach Festival Week. Jason Peifer explores quilting, on National Quilting Day. We explore the Center for Emerging Visual Artists.

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