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Deceptive Cadence

Songs We Love: Anderson & Roe, 'Erbarme Dich'

The bitter suffering and voluptuous lyricism of Bach's St. Matthew Passion are channeled with empathy by a popular piano duo.

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Tiny Desk

Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

Watch the celebrated pianist play Bach's Two-part Inventions, which can zing with the speed of a sewing machine, or unfold slowly like a gentle aria.

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Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion was first heard on Good Friday, 1727 in Leipzig, Germany. Getty Images hide caption

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Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony. Eric Thayer for NPR Music hide caption

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This rare portrait of Bach, by Elias Gottlob Haussmann, hung in John Eliot Gardiner's home during World War II. courtesy of William H. Scheide, Princeton, N.J. hide caption

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Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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