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The new album by piano duo Anderson and Roe is devoted to J.S. Bach.
February 17, 2015 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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Music can be like a fleeting summer. You get to the end wondering, "How did we get here already?"
August 26, 2014 The end of summer has a tendency to sneak up on us — or come to an unsettling halt. Try a quiz filled with fantastic finales and tremulous terminations.
Cameron Carpenter's new album, If You Could Read My Mind, comes out Aug. 26.
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August 16, 2014 The organist aims to rescue his instrument from its church-bound traditions. With his new album, which includes Bach and Bacharach alike, Carpenter could land a multitude of converts.
Simone Dinnerstein performs a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014.
June 2, 2014 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.
April 17, 2014 Join tenor Ian Bostridge, conductor Ton Koopman and other singers, conductors and scholars for a guided tour of Bach's sacred masterpiece, first heard on Good Friday in Leipzig in 1727.
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Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this big Bach puzzler.
March 21, 2014 Are you brainy when it comes to Bach, or bamboozled? Know your cantatas from your concertos? Match your wits against the granddaddy of composers in this 'Big Bach' puzzler.
Bach, a 14-week-old Bernedoodle, is one of the competing canines in this year's Puppy Bowl.
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January 31, 2014 This Sunday's Puppy Bowl X is the first to feature a fantasy game. We've drafted a team that includes a Bernese Mountain Dog named Bach — and two other pups with classical connections.
Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony.
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November 17, 2013 The celebrated pianist, and newly minted MacArthur fellow, describes the 'naughty, wicked and bittersweet' sides of Bach's iconic keyboard work. Denk's new recording includes a DVD with him discussing various aspects of the music.
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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.
October 29, 2013 In his new book, conductor John Eliot Gardiner searches for clues to uncover what the great composer's life and personality were really like. He finds a man full of contradictions and unfathomable music — even "a great guy to go out and have a beer with."
Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30.
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September 21, 2013 The famously smart and fearless pianist (and newly minted MacArthur Genius Grant recipient) explores Bach's masterful harnessing of "infinite possibility from a single piece of code." There's grace and humor to spare in Bach's work, but also a fair amount of wild-eyed, mad-scientist machinations, and none of these elements escape Denk's attention.
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