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Jan Vogler plays a 1707 Stradivari cello made during Bach's lifetime. He compares it to learning to swim in an Olympic pool: "the pressure on me is more to have imagination to match the instrument." Zayrha Rodriguez/NPR hide caption

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Amanda Gorman's poetry and Bach's music offer joint message of hope

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Pianist Lara Downes has released a new album of contemporary and historical works called Love at Last. Max Barrett/Lara Downes hide caption

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Pianist Lara Downes heals loss with 'Love At Last'

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For pianist Dan Tepfer, improvisation is the mother of Bach's Inventions

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Pianist Ruth Slenczynska, photographed in 2021. At 97, she just released her first record for the Decca label in nearly 60 years. Meredith Truax/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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At 97, Pianist Ruth Slenczynska has a new album — and plenty of stories

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Johann Sebastian Bach playing the organ, not the lautenwerck, circa 1725. From a print in the British Museum. Rischgitz/Getty Images hide caption

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Bach's Favorite Instrument You've Probably Never Heard Of: The Long-Lost Lautenwerck

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In the wake of pandemics and large-scale crises, composers have responded in a broad variety of ways over the centuries. Wellcome Library, London/Wikimedia Commons hide caption

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When Pandemics Arise, Composers Carry On

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Yo-Yo Ma brought his Bach Project to the sister cities of Laredo, Texas, and Nuevo Laredo, Mexico. The project uses the music of Johann Sebastian Bach to explore connections between cultures. Lauren A. Terrazas/Texas Public Radio hide caption

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Cellist Yo-Yo Ma Plays Bach In Shadow Of Border Crossing

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On Brad Mehldau's new album, he alternates keyboard works by J.S. Bach with his own jazz-inflected explorations. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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'After Bach' Offers Brad Mehldau's Well-Tempered Jazz

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Glenn Gould, with his gloves and wrist-warmers, in the Columbia Records studio where he recorded Bach's Goldberg Variations. Don Hunstein/Sony Classical hide caption

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The Gould That Didn't Glitter: New Box Set Of 'Goldberg Variations' Outtakes

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Max Richter brings a diverse playlist with him for an NPR Music Guest DJ session. Yulia Mahr/Courtesy of Deutsche Grammophon hide caption

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What's Composer Max Richter Listening To? Pretty Much Everything

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