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Alison Balsom

chooses the St Matthew Passion by J. S. Bach

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Trumpet soloist
Winner of Gramophone and Classical Brits Awards. Released 9 recordings of classical trumpet music. Soloist in the Last Night of Proms (2009)

St Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach

Alison Balsom chooses the St Matthew Passion by J.S. Bach, which she describes as the towering achievement of western music. She tells John Wilson why the recording by Philippe Herreweghe (Harmonia Mundi) is particularly special to her.

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From the Archive

John Eliot Gardiner

Conductor and baroque expert Sir John Eliot Gardiner on a lifetime spent with Bach.

From Front Row 18 Mar 2013 on Radio 4

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Saved by Bach

The extraordinary story of a man brought back to life by the St Matthew Passion.

From Soul Music 25 Sept 2012 on Radio 4

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The Sound of Baroque

A look at the radically different ways of playing Baroque music. With the composer Ralph Vaugham Williams and broadcaster Tom Service.

From Music Matters 30 Mar 2013 on Radio 3

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The Trumpet

Alison Balsom talks to John Wilson about the physical challenges of playing the trumpet.

From Front Row 13 Jan 2012 on Radio 4

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Bach's Handwritten Score

James Naughtie on the painstaking effort J S Bach took to produce the score of the St Matthew Passion and why he used coloured pencils.

From The Making of Music 25 Jun 2007

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