J.S. Bach

Jason Bell

Leave it to Yo-Yo Ma to propose a special, live studio broadcast of all six of J.S. Bach’s unaccompanied cello suites, in memory of those lost during the pandemic, in tribute to those who are on the front lines during this struggle—and honoring the resilience of us all.

In these days of uncertainty, music can provide a safe haven, an escape, or even a boost of energy. I've found all of that and more in a new recording of the music of Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, the second oldest of Johann Sebastian's musical sons, and a composer who continually fascinates me.

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote his St. Matthew Passion for a single purpose — to present the Passion story in music at Good Friday vesper services.

Bach's Passion continues to move audiences nearly three centuries after it was first heard in St. Thomas's Church in Leipzig, Germany. Standing as one of the pillars of Western sacred music, it is at once monumental and intimate, deeply sorrowful and powerful.

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Yannick Nézet-Séguin conducts one of the supreme monuments in Western music, and the work that initiated the great rediscovery of Bach’s music when the 20-year-old Felix Mendelssohn conducted it in Berlin in 1829 – the St. Matthew Passion.

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J.S. Bach’s St. Matthew Passion is a monumental oratorio that fell into obscurity for decades after Bach's death in 1750. Composer Felix Mendelssohn's production of the work in 1829 helped spark the modern Bach revival. Susan Lewis considers Bach’s life and work.

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While sprawling forsythia herald the change of seasons like a silent trumpet fanfare, we hunker down inside or go out for walks at a safe social distance. It's a springtime like none of us have ever experienced.

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WRTI 90.1 is proud to bring you a very special Philadelphia Orchestra in Concert broadcast on Sunday, February 2nd from 1 to 4 PM, as the Orchestra presents a work it hasn’t performed in nearly 35 years: the Mass in B minor by Johann Sebastian Bach, conducted by Yannick Nézét-Séguin.

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December 30, 2019. Here at WRTI, Johann Sebastian Bach is a morning ritual. Weekdays, around 8 am, host Gregg Whiteside invites us to breakfast with the Baroque master, during Breakfast with Bach. Bach has actually been a daily repast for many musicians and non-musicians alike.

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Join us on Tuesday, October 1st at 12:10 PM when cellist Juliana Soltis, praised for her "fierce displays of technique, her impassioned rhetoric'"(Gramophone) visits the WRTI Performance Studio with WRTI Host Susan Lewis in advance of a performance at Philadelphia's Christ Church Neighborhood House. Her new CD explores "the long-lost tradition of spontaneous improvisation" in the Bach cello suites.

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