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Bach and the Ballet

Katie Derham looks at the response from the world of ballet to the music of Bach with the American dancer and choreographer Mark Morris.

Katie Derham looks at the response from the world of ballet to the music of Bach with the American dancer and choreographer Mark Morris. The spirit of dance lies at the heart of so much of Bach's music and in recent years choreographers have tapped into this for inspiration for new work - most notably Mark Morris, whose arresting and innovative work for ballet has often made people think the medium afresh. The music of the Baroque has provided him with a rich source of inspiration, including his work with cellist Yo Yo Ma for the series "Inspired by Bach" which resulted in the acclaimed "Falling Down Stairs" - a dancer's response to Bach's Cello Suite No 3.

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Sat 23 Dec 2017 15:00

Music Played

  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite No.4 In D major, BWV 1069 (Menuet 1)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • PHILIPS : 442-151-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 9.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No.2 'Ach Gott Vom Himmel Sieh' Darein'

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria : SDG165.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 5.
  • Anonymous

    Suite de Bourgogne

    Performer: Andrew Lawrence‐King.
    • Choréographie.
    • HARMONIA MUNDI.
    • 11.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Passacaglia in C minor BWV 582

    Performer: Ton Koopman.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 427 8012.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 6.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043 (1st mvt)

    Performer: David Oistrakh. Performer: Igor Oistrakh. Orchestra: Royal Philharmonic Orchestra. Conductor: Sir Eugene Goossens.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON : 419-855-2.
    • DEUTSCHE GRAMMOPHON.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Goldberg Variations BWV 988 (Nos 7 & 8)

    Performer: Murray Perahia.
    • SONY CLASSICAL : SK-89243.
    • SONY CLASSICAL.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Two-Part Inventions (No.10 BWV 781 in G major & No.14 BWV 785 in B flat major)

    Performer: Sir András Schiff.
    • DECCA : 411-971-2.
    • DECCA.
    • 10.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009 (Prelude)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • CBS Masterworks : CBS M2K37867.
    • CBS Masterworks.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cantata No. 134 'Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiss' (no.4)

    Singer: James Gilchrist. Singer: Gillian Keith. Orchestra: English Baroque Soloists. Conductor: Sir John Eliot Gardiner.
    • Soli Deo Gloria SDG128.
    • Soli Deo Gloria.
    • 10.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Concerto for 2 harpsichords in C minor, BWV 1060 (1st mvt)

    Performer: Raymond Leppard. Performer: Sir Andrew Davis. Orchestra: English Chamber Orchestra. Conductor: Raymond Leppard.
    • PHILIPS : 422 497-2-.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009 (Bouree)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • CBS Masterworks : CBS M2K37867.
    • CBS Masterworks.
    • 7.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Cello Suite No. 3 in C major BWV 1009 (Sarabande)

    Performer: Yo‐Yo Ma.
    • CBS Masterworks : CBS M2K37867.
    • CBS Masterworks.
    • 7.
  • William Walton

    The Wise Virgins - Ballet Suite

    Orchestra: Concert Arts Orchestra. Conductor: Robert Irving.
    • EMI : 7243-5 65911 2.
    • EMI.
    • 22.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach

    Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068 (gigue)

    Orchestra: Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment. Conductor: Frans Brüggen.
    • PHILIPS : 442-151-2.
    • PHILIPS.
    • 5.

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