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Ned Wharton and Liane Hansen
Ned Wharton and Liane Hansen.
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As music director of Weekend Edition Sunday, Ned Wharton supervises music continuity for the show, keeps tabs on what's new and noteworthy in the music world and produces many of the artist features heard on our program.





April 20, 2003

'Ricecar' album cover
Ricercar, available on the ECM New Series

J.S. Bach / Anton Webern
The chorale from Johann Sebastian Bach's Cantata No. 4, Christ Lag in Todesbanden, was the nugget that was supposedly hidden in the Ciaccona from Bach's Partita in D Minor. That formed the basis of the wildly popular Morimur recording by Christoph Poppen, the Munich Chamber Orchestra and the Hilliard Ensemble, which was released in late 2001.

Now the entire work, also known as the Easter Cantata, is heard on a new recording by the group. Ricercar, available on the ECM New Series, includes the Cantata as well as the six-voice fugue by Bach orchestrated in 1935 by composer Anton Webern. Two other Webern chamber works, somewhat thornier to listen to, are also included on the release.

audio button Listen to an excerpt from Versus I: Coro from J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4.

audio button Listen to an excerpt from Versus II: Duetto (Soprano, Alto) from J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4.

audio button Listen to an excerpt from Versus III: Aria (Tenore), from J.S. Bach's Cantata No. 4, Christ lag in Todesbanden, BWV 4.

audio button Listen to an excerpt from the String Quartet (1905) by Anton Webern (orchestrated by Christoph Poppen).

audio button Listen to the 3rd Movement (Sehr lebhaft) from Five Movements for String Orchestra by Anton Webern (version for string orchestra).


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