20. October 2023 · Comments Off on For Your Listening Enjoyment · Categories: BachTrac™, Bass Oboe, Bassoon, Double Reeds, English horn, Oboe, Oboe d'amore

This weekend Symphony San Jose‘s concerts include two Bach works. There is simply nothing like Bach, in my little opinion! If you can make it to the concert I do recommend it, and no, I’m not playing. I’ll be in the audience myself!

Meanwhile, please enjoy the marvelous Scott Hostetler playing Alle Menschen müssen sterben.

From his YouTube Page:
J.S. Bach Chorale Prelude “Alle Menschen müssen sterben” BWV 643

One of my favorite organ pieces, played here by a double reed quartet (oboe d’amore, English horn, bass oboe, and bassoon). Surely one of the most beautiful pieces about death ever written.

Scott Hostetler
October 2023

09. April 2023 · Comments Off on A Bit More Bach · Categories: BachTrac™, Baroque · Tags: , , , ,

‘Gloria’ & ‘Et in terra pax’: Bach’s Mass in B Minor (VOCES8, Academy of Ancient Music)

Put that volume up!

On April 4th 2021 (Easter Day) VOCES8, Academy of Ancient Music (led by Rachel Podger), and a starry line up of soloists (Carolyn Sampson, Iestyn Davies, Jeremy Budd, Matthew Brook), presented Bach’s Mass in B minor, directed by Barnaby Smith.

09. April 2023 · Comments Off on A Bit of Bach · Categories: BachTrac™ · Tags: , , ,

… back when the world was truly under lockdown, as you can see:

JS Bach BWV 147 Chorale L’Harmonie des saisons 20 Cell Phones in Confinement

05. June 2022 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: BachTrac™, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

Bach: Cantata BWV 37 “Wer da gläubet und getauft wird”
J.S.Bach Foundation

From the YouTube page:
Choir and Orchestra of the J. S. Bach Foundation
Rudolf Lutz – Conductor
Bernhard Berchtold – Tenor
Matthias Helm – Bass

Johann Sebastian Bach – Cantata BWV 37 “Wer da gläubet und getauft wird” (Who believeth and is baptized)

00:00 Cantata BWV 37, Concert from 21.05.2021
00:40 Chorus: Wer da gläubet und getauft wird
03:33 Aria (tenor) – Der Glaube ist das Pfand der Liebe
10:37 Chorale (duet soprano, alto) – Herr Gott Vater, mein starker Held
13:31 Recitative (bass) – Heil und Segen
14:25 Aria (bass) – Der Glaube schafft der Seele Flügel
17:22 Chorale – Den Glauben mir verleihe

17. April 2022 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: BachTrac™, Easter, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , , , , ,

Bach: Christ lag in Todes Banden

(If you’d like the translation go here.)

Kristine Bjånes, sopran
Ragnhild Wivestad Jansson, sopran
Silje Strand Blichfeldt, alt
Ola Kristoffer Øye, tenor
Andreas Wivestad Jansson, tenor/bass
Christian Holter, bass

Hilary Foster, fiolin
Julia Dibley, fiolin
Hans Gunnar Hagen, bratsj
Bodil Erdal, cello
Sigurd M. Øgaard, orgel

Knut Christian Jansson, dirigent/lyd og bilde

09. January 2022 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: BachTrac™, Sunday Morning Music

(Yes, I will start posting these again when I find something I want to share!)

JS Bach: Jesu, der du meine Seele, BWV 354
Netherlands Bach Society

We know of a whole series of chorale melodies that have been handed down separately, to which Bach added chords. ‘Jesu, der du meine Seele’ seems to be just one of many texts in which standard Lutheran theology is turned into poetry: Christ suffered and died for our sins. But that’s not the whole story. The words of this hymn were written by Johann Rist (1607-1667), a poet, playwright and founder of a literary society, who was interested in mathematics, medicine and the world.

The melody Bach used for ‘Jesu, der du meine Seele’ is not the one Rist originally published with his text. However, it is a melody that may possibly have been written by Rist. Some time later, the melody was combined with Rist’s lyrics for ‘Jesu der du meine Seele’. Bach took this hymn – both text and melody – for the opening chorus of a cantata, for instance BWV 78, as well as using it in this individual chorale BWV 354, which was probably part of a lost cantata.

Recorded for the project All of Bach on 28th February 2019 at Grote Kerk, Alkmaar. If you want to help us complete All of Bach, please subscribe to our channel http://bit.ly/2vhCeFB and consider donating http://bit.ly/2uZuMj5.

For more information on BWV 354 and this production go to www.bachvereniging.nl/en/bwv/bwv-354/

All of Bach is a project of the Netherlands Bach Society / Nederlandse Bachvereniging, offering high-quality film recordings of the works by Johann Sebastian Bach, performed by the Netherlands Bach Society and its guest musicians. Visit our free online treasury for more videos and background material https://www.bachvereniging.nl/en/allofbach For concert dates and further information go to https://www.bachvereniging.nl

Netherlands Bach Society
Christoph Prégardien, conductor

01. November 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

J. S. Bach: Jesus bleibet meine Freude
CONSORT SW1; Richard McVeigh, Director and Organist

18. October 2020 · Comments Off on Sunday Morning Music · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, Sunday Morning Music · Tags: , ,

These are getting harder and harder to find … not sure how long I can keep the virtual choir posts going! This is quite short, but I love Bach, so here you go:

Bach: Ich will hier bei dir stehen
Voci Vocal Ensemble; Rineke, Director

08. October 2020 · Comments Off on BBC Oboes & English horns · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music!, CovidTimes, English horn, Oboe


(Can you hear the variety of tone? Oboists don’t all sound the same!)

16. June 2020 · Comments Off on Some Bach for Your Evening · Categories: BachTrac™, Can't Stop the Music! · Tags: , ,

With a number of concertmasters from around the US. Isn’t it amazing what can be done these days? I’m grateful.

Bach Double Concerto in D minor, Largo