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Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Part Three

Wednesday 16 July 2008 12:00-13:00 (Radio 3)

Repeated: Wednesday 16 July 2008 20:45-21:45 (Radio 3)

Donald Macleod explores five decades of Bach's music, revealing a picture of the composer's evolving style.


1 hour


3/5. One Fearsome Cantor - Bach in the 1720s

Donald looks at what was probably Bach's most fertile decade - the 1720s - one which marked the beginning of his 27-year spell as Cantor at the Thomasschule in Leipzig.

The music includes the little-known cantata Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt, in a pre-release airing of a recording from John Eliot Gardiner's critically praised Bach Cantata series, made available exclusively to this programme.

Prelude from Cello Suite no.1 in G, BWV 1007
Steven Isserlis (cello)
Hyperion CDA67541/2
CD 1, track 1

Ouverture [Orchestral Suite] no.4 in D, BWV 1069
1. Ouverture
2. Bourree I & II
3. Gavotte
4. Menuett I & II
5. Rejouissance

The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra/Ton Koopman (cond)
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
CD 2, tracks 8-12

Prelude and Fugue in b minor, BWV 869 from Well-Tempered Clavier Bk I
Bob van Asperen (harpsichord)
Virgin Classics 7243 5 61711 2 1
CD 2, track 23-24

'Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt', BWV 178 [1724]
1. (Choral): "Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns halt?"
2. (Choral und) Recitativo (A): "Was Menschenkraft und Witz anfaht"
3. Aria (B): "Gleichwie die wilden Meereswellen"
4. Choral (T): "Sie stellen uns wie Ketzern nach"
5. Choral et recitativo a tempo giusto: "Auf speren sie den Rachen weit"
6. Aria (T): "Schweig, schweig, schweig nur, schweig"
7. Choral: "Die Feind sind all in deiner Hand"
Robin Tyson (alto), Christoph Genz (tenor), Bridley Sherrat (bass)/ The Monteverdi Choir / The English
Baroque Soloists / John Eliot Gardiner (cond)
SDG, pre-release - due for release in Oct 2008

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