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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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The new album by piano duo Anderson and Roe is devoted to J.S. Bach. Ken Schles hide caption

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05Erbarme Dich (from St. Matthew Passion)

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    Erbarme Dich (from St. Matthew Passion)
    Album
    The Art of Bach
    Artist
    Anderson & Roe Piano Duo
    Label
    Steinway & Sons
    Released
    2015

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Cameron Carpenter's new album, If You Could Read My Mind, comes out Aug. 26. Thomas Grube/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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If You Could Read My Mind

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Simone Dinnerstein performs a Tiny Desk Concert in April 2014. Jim Tuttle/NPR hide caption

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Simone Dinnerstein: Tiny Desk Concert

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Johann Sebastian Bach's St. Matthew Passion was first heard on Good Friday, 1727 in Leipzig, Germany. Getty Images hide caption

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Take a guided tour through the 'St. Matthew Passion'

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Jeremy Denk played Mozart at Carnegie Hall Wednesday with the San Francisco Symphony. Eric Thayer for NPR Music hide caption

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'The Biggest Jazz Riff Ever Written:' Jeremy Denk's 'Goldberg Variations'

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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. hide caption

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Jeremy Denk's new recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations comes out Sept. 30. Michael Wilson/Courtesy of the artist hide caption

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