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Virgil Fox - The Bach Gamut, Volume I


St. Mary's Cathedral, San Francisco, 1976
Fratelli Ruffatti pipe organ, 4-manuals, 89-ranks, 1971
Rodgers "Royal V" Touring Organ, 5-manuals, 1975

Souvenir booklet with color photos, program notes (audio and video), artist's biography, and concert information. Running time 66 minutes
Selections:
1. Fantasy and Fugue in G Minor
2. Sheep May Safely Graze
3. Toccata, Adagio and Fugue in C Major
4. Finale from the St. Matthew Passion
5. Prelude and Fugue in A Minor
6. Air on a G String
7. Prelude and Fugue in D Major
8. I Call to Thee (Ich rufķ zu dir)

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The Muppet Christmas Carol (1992)


Charles Dickens' classic holiday story sparkles with humor and whimsy in the hands of the always hilarious Muppets! Michael Caine stars as penny-pinching Ebenezer Scrooge in a performance that's anything but "bah humbug!" Alone on Christmas Eve, Scrooge is visited by ghosts who transport him to his past, present, and future -- and it's not a pretty sight! But along the way he comes upon poor, kind, humble Bob Cratchit (Kermit the Frog) and his family, including Tiny Tim who teaches Scrooge the true meaning of Christmas. Complete with original music and dazzling special effects, this heartfelt holiday movie is exceptional entertainment your family will enjoy for every Christmas to come.
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Bach's Greatest Organ Works Vol. 1 (2000)


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Featuring the most beloved of Johann Sebastian Bach's organ pieces, this program has been recorded in video with 96K/24 bit multitrack audio on the newly renovated Trost-Organ in Walterhausen, Germany. This organ was selected for its incredible sound and suitability for Bach music. It is believed Bach himself actually played this particular organ during his lifetime. The performance is by renowned organist and Bach specialist Hans-Andre Stamm.


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Bach's Greatest Organ Works Vol. 2 (2001)


Organist Hans-AndrČ Stamm is featured performing the most beloved of Johann Sebastian Bach's organ pieces. This program has been recorded in video with 96k/24 bit multi-track audio on the newly renovated Trost-Organ in Waltershausen, Germany. Tracks: Fantasia in G Minor; Fugue in G Minor; Prelude in G Major; Fugue in G Major; and more. 86 minutes.


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Bach - Mass in B Minor / Biller, Gewandhausorchestra (2000)


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Recorded in 2000 at the Thomaskirche in Leipzig where the composer worked as cantor for 25 years, this performance of Bach's Mass in B minor commemorates the 250th anniversary of his birthday. Conductor Georg Christoph Biller was himself cantor in 2000, while most of the ensemble has strong links with the Bach tradition. Hence, this is a faithful, if orthodox, rendering of a religious work that seems to transcend creed, a glorious musical valediction that soars aloft into the cathedral rafters and beyond. Certainly, this is the feeling evoked in the performances of English soprano Ruth Holton, among others. The power of the performances is poignantly contrasted with visual extracts of Bach's original score, his enfeebled handwriting indicative of his failing health. Yet the Mass in B minor has succeeded in achieving immortality and universality--a fine last testament from a composer who seems to have more resonance with contemporary audiences than most of his classical descendants. --David Stubbs

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The main focus of attention during the city of Leipzig's 10-day Bach festival was the Gewandhausorchestra's live performance of the sublime "Mass in B Minor, BWV 232." Recorded in the Church of Saint Thomas, where Bach served as musical director, the program features conductor Georg Christoph Biller, the cantor of St. Thomas Church, and soloists Ruth Holton, Matthias Rexroth, Christoph Genz and Klaus Mertens.


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Bach - St. John Passion / Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan (2000)


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One of the greatest musical treatments of the suffering and death of Jesus Christ receives a performance that is musically precise and stylistically close to what we now know of Bach's ideals. Western classical music is becoming more and more the property of musicians and audiences in the Far East, and this performance shows that it is in good hands. The participants are all specialists, including the Japanese orchestra, which plays on period instruments, and their work meets the highest international standards. Masaaki Suzuki, who conducts and plays the harpsichord, is a complete and thorough musician, deeply involved in the emotional overtones of the music as well as technical questions of tempo, balance, and phrasing. His vision comes to terms with the full complexity of the music. His soloists are all excellent, with particularly notable work by Gerd Tuerck as the Evangelist and Robin Blaze in the alto arias. --Joe McLellan

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The choir and the orchestra of the Bach Collegium Japan, stars among the celebrated baroque specialists, perform the "St. John Passion" with only a small ensemble of about 50 musicians (as was the custom in Bach's day) under the former Ton Koopman-student Masaaki Suzuki. Soloists: Gerd Tuerck, Stephan MacLeod, Chiyuki Urano, Miduri Suzuki, and Robin Blaze.


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German Brass Goes Bach (2000)


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German Brass, one of the most renowned brass ensembles, plays their own Bach arrangements for brass players in the Church of St. Thomas in Leipzig.


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Bach - Brandenburg Concertos / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (2000)


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This is sheer delight. The Brandenburg Concertos , a landmark in the history of music, receive a bright, spirited, highly skilled performance, using period instruments and baroque performance techniques. The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra has members with virtuoso skills, who take the spotlight gracefully for solos but also play with true ensemble spirit, exactly what the music requires. The Brandenburgs are a brilliantly contrasting set of masterpieces, exploring a variety of forms and textures from the intimate viol ensemble (already old-fashioned in Bach's lifetime) to a big-band sound that looks forward to the classical orchestra.

The performance is given in the elegant Hall of Mirrors of Cothen Castle, where the concertos were composed when Bach was the music director. Close-up views of the period instruments--valveless horns, wooden flute, one-key baroque oboes, and a most unusual trumpet--give a vivid idea of where the music is coming from and what is happening. --Joe McLellan

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During the years when Bach was in the service of the courts of Prince Leopold in Cothen, he had his own orchestra and was contracted to compose a great deal of instrumental music. This gave him an opportunity to try new techniques and to develop his own instrumental style. The six Brandenburg Concertos belong to these masterpieces, which he composed for a small ensemble. The joyously infectious performance of these masterpieces by The Freiburg Baroque Orchestra demonstrates both the pleasure and highest professional standard that can be reached.


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Bach - The Well Tempered Clavier 48 Preludes and Fugues / Hewitt, MacGregor, Demidenko, Gavrilow (2000)


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This is a fresh, visually and musically fascinating approach to one of music history's key compositions, Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier . There is room for many approaches to this music, including keyboard instruments other than the piano and a variety of performing styles, but this is, on the whole, as satisfactory a recorded presentation as the music has had. All four pianists are first-class artists, and preference for one or another is a matter of personal taste. The DVD set preserves the original BBC format, in which each set of prelude and fugue has opening and closing credits and a short spoken introduction, some more valuable than others. Nikolai Demidenko's segment, in the Palazzo Labia, Venice, has interesting views of the city. For Andrei Gavrilov at the New Art Gallery in Walsall, England; Joanna MacGregor in the Palau Guell in Barcelona; and Angel Hewitt at Die Warburg in Eisenach, Germany, the camera rarely wanders outside the room. One curious touch: after Hewitt mentions Bach's children, several semitransparent children wander silently through the room, looking like ghosts.

The 48 masterpieces of The Well-Tempered Clavier look far into the future by promoting tuning adjustments that liberated keyboard music, making possible the greater freedom of the classical and romantic styles that went far beyond baroque practices. --Joe McLellan

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The 48 Preludes and Fugues from Johann Sebastian Bach are regarded as the "Old Testament" of piano literature. To commemorate the 250th anniversary of the death of the master composer, four pianists each perform 12 Preludes and Fugues from selected locations in Barcelona, Venice, Oxford and Bach's birthplace, Eisenach.


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Bach - Musical Offering in C Minor / Kuijken (2000)


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In the beautiful setting of the historical Fest Hall in Leipzig's old City Hall, the brothers Kuijken and Robert Kohnen give a live performance of the Musical Offering on historical instruments in an arrangement for transverse flute (Barthold Kuijken), violin (Sigiswald Kuijken), viola da gamba (Wieland Kuijken) and harpischord (Robert Kohnen).


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Bach Cantatas, BWV 179, 199 & 113 / Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Monteverdi Choir


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Taking the Bach cantatas as a basis for a year-long pilgrimage in 2000, conductor Sir John Eliot Gardiner led the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists on an emotional and artistically triumphant world tour to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the composer's death. These performances feature Cantatas 179, 199, and 113, all composed for the Eleventh Sunday after Trinity, in marvelously dramatic interpretations by the choir and soloists, including soprano Magdalena Kozen, alto William Towers, tenor Mark Padmore, and bass Stephan Loges. Gardiner's mission to expose the delicacy of emotion at the heart of Bach's deceptively simple melodies pays dividends in settings that range from baroque German cathedrals to the austere bleakness of the island of Iona off Scotland. It's a moving spiritual journey thanks to the passion of the performances and, above all, to Gardiner's vision of Bach's continuing relevance in the modern world at the beginning of a new millennium. --Piers Ford


In Rehearsal with John Eliot Gardiner (Bach Cantata No. 63) (1999)


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Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the most versatile and exciting conductors of our time. Acknowledged as a key figure in the revival of early music, his concert performances and recordings are unmistakable for their zest and technical mastery. This fascinating film of Bach's "Cantata No. 63" in rehearsal at London's Abbey Road Studios is intercut with comments from the singers and an interview with Gardiner, giving a deeper appreciation of this festive work lavishly celebrating Christ's birth.


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Bach - Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-3 - A Naxos Musical Journey (2000)


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This volume of the Naxos Musical Journey takes you on a wondrous tour of a Germany many never see. Stroll the opulent Sans Souci with its palace, gardens and Roman baths, or experience a summer day in the ancient city of Brandenburg. A visit to the Bach museum brings you closer to this great genius. These are the images that echo through Bach's music; an experience as evocative as the Brandenburg Concertos themselves.


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Bach - Mass in B Minor / Guttenberg, Neubeuern Choral Society (1998)


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Completed just a year before the end of the composer's life, Bach saw his great Mass in B Minor (1749) as concluding his vast body of work. Indeed, combining new music with material from previous cantatas spanning over two decades, musicologist Philipp Spitta noted, "Should all of Bach's compositions become lost, the Mass in B Minor alone would for all times give testimony of a man as if with the force of divine revelation." This performance is very much part of a living musical tradition, the Neubeuern Choral Society having been founded by conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg in 1967, developing a local, century- old Bavarian musical culture into a choir of international repute. Together with the Orchester der Klangverwaltung and the five international vocal soloists, these forces seem almost to fill the small church in which the performance is given. Perhaps inspired by the setting, this is a beautiful, and where necessary rousing, account, Guttenberg enthusiastically conducting even with one arm in a sling. The talented, comparatively youthful soloists complement each other well, tenor Deon van der Walt and soprano Anna Korondi being especially notable. -- Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk

Additional features
The absence of texts either in subtitle form or the booklet is a serious drawback. There's nothing remotely approaching a special feature, but the anamorphically enhanced 16:9 picture is very strong compared to many older classical music transfers. The sound cleanly captures the church acoustic. -- Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk


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Yo-Yo Ma - Inspired by Bach Vol. 3, Struggle for Hope / Six Gestures (Cello Suites 5 & 6) (1998)


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"Struggle for Hope" (55 min.) features Bach's Suite No. 5 for Unaccompanied Cello. Master Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando sets out on a journey to discover, through traditional Japanese dance, the universality and emotion of Bach's Fifth Suite. The result is this revelatory, cross-cultural and trans-oceanic collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, sensitively documented by filmmaker Niv Fichman. "Six Gestures" (53 min.) features Bach's Suite No. 6 for Unaccompanied Cello. Bach and ice dance? Yo-Yo Ma believes that world champion ice dancers Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean have done for their sport what Bach did for the cello--that is, to dramatically redefine the artistic possibilities and to shatter all preconceptions. This mesmerizing film by Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park) explores the outcome of this unlikely collaboration, with Bach himself as the dramatic counterpoint.


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Concert For The Peace - Jubilaeum (2000)


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Concert for the Peace , part of the Jubileaum Concert Collection, is a special selection of classical and contemporary music including Mozart's "Marcia dei Sacerdoti" from The Magic Flute , Bizet, Bach, Handel, Beethoven, and Leonard Bernstein, assembled for a special appearance by Mikhail Gorbachov. Spectacular photography by Carlo Di Palma displays the splendor of the Basilica Santa Mari in Ara Coeli within Rome, Italy. Conducted by Pablo Colina, featuring Coro Cappela Giulia Saint Peter's Chorus and the Orchestra Sinfonica Del Festival Di Pasqua. 60 minutes.


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Bach & Vivaldi Concertos / Antonini, Katia & Marielle Labeque, Il Giardino Armonico (2000)


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Katia and Marielle Labeque received their first piano instruction at ages three and five, and then studied at the Paris Conservatoire. The sisters are famous for their unusual ensemble precision, their great musicality and the breadth of their repertoire. They have appeared as soloists with conductors like Zubin Mehta, Seiji Ozawa and Guiseppe Sinopoli. In this concert they perform with the ensemble Il Giardino Armonico and its co-founder/conductor Giovanni Antonini on historical instruments at the Vienna Musik Verein. Tracks: Concerto in C major BWV 1061 (J.S Bach), Symphony in G major Wq 182 No. 1 (C.P.E. Bach), Concerto in C minor "per Pisendel" RV 242 (Vivaldi), Concerto in D minor BWV 1063 (J.S Bach), Concerto in A minor BWV 1065 (J.S Bach).


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Bobby McFerrin and Friends - Swingin' Bach (2000)


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Taped in the splendidly baroque Market Square of Leipzig, with an enormous, tightly packed audience, this concert is dedicated to the proposition that the music of Bach "is still vital, is still contemporary, and is still very much universal." It proves its point resoundingly in one of the most enjoyable crossover programs ever recorded. A dazzling variety of performers, each with a distinctive style, demonstrates that the unique charm of Bach's music comes through in any treatment so far imagined.

"It has this magical quality about it," says an emcee, "that just makes it swing." His point is demonstrated not only in traditional orchestral performances by the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and soloists, but in arrangements that substitute brass instruments and saxophones for violins or organ pipes, in three different styles of scat-singing to Bach's melodies (most beautifully Bobby McFerrin's), and in arrangements for Jacques Loussier's jazz trio and the postmodern Turtle Island String Quartet. Through it all, Bach triumphs! --Joe McLellan

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Bobby McFerrin and friends performing live from the Market Square in Leipzig. Tracks: Concerto in D major, BWV 972, 1st movement, Allegro (German Brass); Orchestral Suite No.1 in C major, BWV 1066, Bouree I/II (The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Christian Gansch); Fugue No. 5 in D major, from the "Well-Tempered Clavier" (Jacques Loussier Trio); Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043, Vivace (Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Christian Gansch); Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 5 (German Brass); Orchestral Suite No.3 in D major, BWV 1068, Air (Bobby McFerrin, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig); Concerto in D major, BWV 972, 3rd movement, Allegro (German Brass); Fudge Fugue in G minor (Quintessence Saxophone Quintet); Concerto for 2 violins in D minor, BWV 1043, Allegro (Gil Shaham, Adele Anthony, The Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, Christian Gansch); Bach's Lunch, Variations on Themes by J.S. Bach (Turtle Island String Quartet); Snow What (Turtle Island String Quartet); Deconstructing Johann (King's Singers).


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Baby Bach (2000)


Editorial Reviews: Amazon.com
Designed for infants and toddlers (1 to 36 months), Baby Bach is a nicely produced video that features recognizable, familiar toys and colorful objects, moving to the complexly beautiful music of Johann Sebastian Bach. According to the video producers, "Bach's music has shown to enhance creativity, improve academic achievement, reduce anxiety and heighten mental awareness." Any parent will embrace this theory. Not only did this video completely captivate a 22-month-old for its entire 30-minute run-time, but it's easy on the parents, too. The images are lively, clean, and sharp, and producers The Baby Einstein Company have a firm handle on what interests babies and toddlers. The extraneous segments with two pretty little blonde girls is silly, but forgivable. Given that most children elect to watch a video repeatedly, this is one that parents won't mind in the slightest. The music, available on CD, is simply lovely. -- N.F. Mendoza


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The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra - Four Bach Suites (1995)


The music of the Eighteenth century features delicate textures and refinement as well as expressiveness and energy. This was the age of the smaller chamber orchestra, and Bach was one of the compositional geniuses of the century. In this recording, the award-winning Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, which specializes in authentic renditions on fine reproduction period instruments, performs four delightful Bach suites, including No. 1 in C, No. 2 in B Minor and Nos. 3 and 4 in D Major. 70 minutes.


Bach - St. Matthew Passion (DVD Audio)


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Bach - Mass in B Minor / Guttenberg, Neubeuern Choral Society (1998)


The inspired fusion of both vocal and sacred music makes Bach's monumental "Mass In B Minor" the most sublime manifestation of the composer's spirit. Completing and perfecting the Mass preoccupied him virtually till his dying breath. This performance of the work was recorded in the magnificent setting of the Wieskirche, the pilgrimage church of Steingaden Abbey in Bavaria. Conductor Enoch zu Guttenberg and the Neubeuern Choral Society have won widespread acclaim for their interpretations of Bach's great choral works.


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The Goldberg Variations - Glenn Gould Plays Bach (1981)


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Prepared, shot, and edited over a period of five years from 1976 to 1981, the three-part series Glenn Gould Plays Bach has so far only been seen via the limited parameters of television transmission. Now, for the first time, this testment is made available with a sound and picture reporduction faithful to our original conception. Glenn Gould's first recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations in 1955 had made his name legendary. This film, shot in New York in April and May 1981, marks his life--as if interpolated between the two peaceful Arias and the two recordings, the one opening, the other closing his career--with a symbol of cyclic perfection. 58 minutes.


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Yo-Yo Ma - Inspired by Bach Vol. 1, The Music Garden / The Sound of the Carceri (Cello Suites 1 & 2) (1998)


"The Music Garden" (60 min.) features Bach's Suite No. 1 for Unaccompanied Cello. What if we created a garden inspired by Bach? In their quest for the answer, Yo-Yo Ma and garden designer Julie Moir Messervy journey from Boston to Toronto, across bureaucratic miles of frustration and through seasons of changing hope. Their remarkable tale is movingly documented by filmmaker Kevin McMahon. "The Sound of the Carceri" (55 min.) features Bach's Suite No. 2 for Unaccompanied Cello. Imagine Giovanni Piranesi's dazzling "carceri" (prison) etchings, the unrealized dreams of this 18th-century Italian master architect, brought to life in a computer-rendered 3-D "virtual" collaboration. In this cutting-edge film by Francois Girard, Yo-Yo Ma explores Bach's mysterious Second Suite, creating with his music a sound to match the invented spaces of our imagination.


Yo-Yo Ma - Inspired by Bach Vol. 2, Falling Down Stairs / Sarabande (Cello Suites 3 & 4) (1998)


"Falling Down Stairs" (55 min.) features Bach's Suite No. 3 for Unaccompanied Cello. Although he knew the music well, Mark Morris had never thought to choreograph a dance based on Bach's "Third Suite." He felt the music was complete in itself. But through a close collaboration with Yo-Yo Ma, an astonishing dance emerges, a true three-way collaboration between musician, dancers and filmmaker Barbara Willis Sweete. "Sarabande" (56 min.) features Bach's Suite No. 4 for Unaccompanied Cello. A great musician instinctively builds a complex and intimate relationship with his listeners. This dramatic film from director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) explores a number of such relationships, revealing the generosity of spirit and love that flow from Yo-Yo Ma's performance.


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Bach Violin Concertos - A Naxos Musical Journey (2000)


Violin Concerto in E Major, BWV 1042, Violin Concerto in A Minor, BWV 1041, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1043, Air on the G String (from BWV 1068) Takako Nishizaki, Alexander Jablokov, Violins; Capella Istropolitana, Oliver Dohnanyi, conductor

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With stunning seaside vistas, fountains, statues, vineyards, ancient streets, and hillside churches, the rich flavor of the Italian countryside echoes through Johann Sebastian Bach's passionate and moving music.

This volume of the Naxos Musical Journey features Bach's evocative Violin Concerto in E Major, Violin Concerto in A Minor, Double Violin Concerto in D Minor, and Air on the G String, set against the breathtaking landscapes of Tivoli, Arezzo, Cinque Terre, Lake Bolsena, Lucca, Civita Village, and the famed vineyard landscape of Chianti. These indelible images form an experience for the ages, as memorable as the music they inspired. 56 minutes.


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Performer: Ton Koopman


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