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.
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."
June 28, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Three of today's most fascinating violinists have new albums, including Augustin Hadelich, who pairs off with Spanish guitarist Pablo Sáinz Villegas.
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June 18, 2013 From the sweet melodies by Bach to the quiet sound world of Morton Feldman, sample three fascinating new albums by today's top fiddlers.
Cellist Janos Starker with one of his classes at Indiana University. He said he was "put on this earth to be a teacher."
Indiana University Jacobs School of Music
April 29, 2013 Although renowned as a soloist and Grammy winner, the famed cellist devoted much of his life to teaching students at Indiana University. Starker died Sunday at age 88.
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Lisa Batiashvili plays the Stradivarius used to help birth Brahms' great Violin Concerto in D.
March 19, 2013 New albums of music by the "Three Bs" prove that going back to the basics has its advantages. Hear a sweet-toned violin concerto, an audacious piano sonata and a solo cello suite caressed by a lute.
February 1, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
January 25, 2013 Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.
Andras Schiff plays Bach for about an hour every morning. "There is something very pure about it," the pianist says.
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January 16, 2013 The pianist has such an intimate relationship with the Well-Tempered Clavier, hearing him play its kaleidoscopic preludes and fugues is like getting an inside view of a wondrously successful lifelong marriage. Communing daily with Bach helps the pianist stay fit and inspired.
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December 3, 2012 Check out a duo riffing on the Goldberg Variations in a very cool way: beatboxing and piano.
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