The Daily Bach: week 2 summary

A 16th century tune making its way, through Bach, to 21st century, enchanting colours of different instruments, and lively, dancing energy...

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A 16th century tune making its way, through Bach, to 21st century, enchanting colours of different instruments, and lively, dancing energy…

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Week 2: January 9 – 15, 2023:

Monday, 9th Jan

Ei nun, mein Gott, so fall ich dir, Chorale from Cantata 65

Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester Pforzheim, Heinrich-Schütz-Chor Heilbronn, Fritz Werner

This recording from 1960 brings us back more than one generation. The cantata, first performed on 6 January 1724, was composed for Epiphany (this year it was last Friday). The tune (that Bach used on a few other occasions) dates even further back, to a French chanson from 1529 by Claudin de Sermisy. We are listening to it now, in 21st century – wondrous.

Tuesday, 10th Jan

Kron und Preis gekrönter Damen, Königin! BWV 214

Dominik Wörner, Jean-François Madeuf, Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki

Bach wrote this dramma per musica for the birthday of Maria Josepha, Queen of Poland and Electress of Saxony (1733). A year later he re-used lots of music in his Christmas Oratorio.

Today would be my mother’s birthday, so “Crown and praise of crowned ladies, Queen! with your name I shall fill the whole world.”

Wednesday, 11th Jan

No. 25, Goldberg Variations BWV988

Władysław Kłosiewicz

A showcase of the harpsichord’s myriad colours and sonorities – to pick one variation is daunting. Here is one with an illusion of a “spatial” sound, and a rare use of the true lute stop (not to be confused with buff!).

Thursday, 12th Jan

Fugue in G minor, BWV 1000

Evangelina Mascardi

Recorded with such detail that you can hear the fingers touching the strings of the lute, this is a very intimate Bach. A beautifully personal master of the fugue.

Friday, 13th Jan

Allegro from Concerto for Violin & Oboe, BWV 1060R

Cecilia & Alfredo Bernardini, Dunedin Consort

A family dance, with father and daughter dialoguing while the whole ensemble, directed by John Butt, engages in a lively, and seemingly effortless, pas de bourrée. And a convincingly reconstructed Bach’s piece preserved today as a Concerto for 2 Harpsichords.

Saturday, 14th Jan

Adagio from Concerto in D minor, BWV 974

Mario Brunello, Accademia dell’Annunciata dir. Riccardo Doni

Bach transcribed often. He re-used his own works, and frequently borrowed from other composers. Yesterday we heard a reconstruction of one of his works, and today a beguiling re-imagining of another: Harpsichord Concerto (based on an oboe one by Alessandro Marcello) played on a piccolo cello. Bach’s approach lives on.

Sunday, 15th Jan

Week 2 Summary

A 16th century tune making its way, through Bach, to 21st century, enchanting colours of different instruments, and lively, dancing energy
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This complete The Daily Bach playlist also includes selection from other weeks.

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Pawel Siwczak

Pawel Siwczak is a Polish & British musician with a passion for historical keyboards, concert artist and a teacher at the Royal Academy of Music. Pawel puts emphasis on music as the language; to communicate expressively with the audience is key to him.

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