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Mandolinist Avi Avital's new album Bach was released June 12.

Read Avi Avital: A Mandolinist's Unlikely Education

July 7, 2012 – The Israeli musician discovered his instrument by coincidence. His new album is called Bach.


Fathers have played an important role in shaping musical history.

Watch Tracing The Trail Of Musical Fathers

June 15, 2012 – Commentator Miles Hoffman introduces a few famous dads whose children became master musicians.


Canadian Brass performs a Tiny Desk Concert at the NPR Music offices.

Watch Canadian Brass: Tiny Desk Concert

May 26, 2012 – The venerable brass quintet sports virtuosic, fresh-faced players in tried-and-true repertoire.


Mezzo-soprano Magdalena Kožená with violinist Daniel Stabrawa and tenor Mark Padmore perform in Bach's St. Matthew Passion.

Watch Bach's St. Matthew Passion: Ritualized And Riveting

April 10, 2012 – Watch an excerpt of Peter Sellars' semi-staged "ritualization" of Bach's dramatic passion story.

Jeremy Denk reviews notes on The Goldberg Variations.

Watch Jeremy Denk vs. The Goldberg Variations: Contrasting Variations

April 3, 2012 – Denk muses about two opposing variations — the simplistic No. 18 and the brooding No. 25.

Jeremy Denk discusses the Aria from Bach's Goldberg Variations.

Watch Jeremy Denk vs. The Goldberg Variations: The Musical DNA

April 3, 2012 – The pianist reveals how Bach's musical DNA is revealed in the beautiful melody fueling the Goldbergs

A portrait of Bach, projected in December 2005 on a skyscraper in his longtime home city of Leipzig, Germany.

Read The 'Goldbergs,' Remixed

March 23, 2012 – The Goldbergs in alternate guises, from versions for solo harp to one for a flock of viols.

Music Director Bernard Labadie conducts Les Violons du Roy and soloists in Bach's St. John Passion at Carnegie Hall.

Read Bach's 'St. John Passion' At Carnegie Hall WQXR

March 23, 2012 – The Canadian ensemble and vocal soloists perform Bach's misunderstood St. John Passion. WQXR

The Bach Industrial Average

Read Indicators For A Contrapuntal Economy

March 23, 2012 – Fridays are funnier with a classical cartoon at noon, from Deceptive Cadence.

A 1959 picture of Glenn Gould rehearsing at London's Royal Festival Hall. (Yes, he's seated on an abnormally short piano stool, hovering only a few inches above the floor.)

Read Leif Ove Andsnes: The Miracle Of Glenn Gould

March 23, 2012 – Renowned pianist Leif Ove Andsnes claims that many of us miss "the miracle" of Gould's Bach.

If Variations 1-5 are your brain, Variations 25-29 are your brain on drugs.

Watch This Is Your Brain On The Goldberg Variations

March 22, 2012 – In Jeremy Denk's head, some weird muscle spasms from hearing Bach's mind-blowing chromatic ooze.


Andreas Staier plays Bach's Goldberg Variations on a copy of this famously grand harpsichord built in 1734 by Hieronymus Albrecht Hass currently housed in Hamburg, Germany.

Listen Stick Your Head Into A High Performance Harpsichord

March 22, 2012 – On the BMW of harpsichords, Andreas Staier takes a drive through Bach's Goldberg Variations.


Glenn Gould's 1955 recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations instantly launched his international career.

Listen A Glenn Gould 'Goldbergs' Listening Party

March 21, 2012 – Join Gould specialist Tim Page and critic Anne Midgette to hear and discuss a legendary recording.


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