JS Bach

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Celebrated musician finds new 'best friend' to replace smashed piano
A grim year took on a new tune for pianist Angela Hewitt after she acquired a new bespoke grand

Matthew Weaver

04, Jan, 2021 @10:17 AM

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JS Bach: Goldberg Variations review | Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
In a revelatory recording, Kolesnikov makes Bach’s variations soar as if new

Erica Jeal

29, Oct, 2020 @3:00 PM

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Bach: Goldberg Variations review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
He is talented, but the mannerisms and slow tempi turn this into a glitzy exercise with too few flashes of understanding

Andrew Clements

10, Sep, 2020 @2:00 PM

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JS Bach: where to start with his music
With religious music so involving he could inspire faith in non-believers, the German composer’s sense of harmony makes him a shared reference point for all classical composers

Erica Jeal

26, Aug, 2020 @9:00 AM

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House music: Rian Evans' watching and listening highlights
This week, our critic reveals a constant craving for Alban Gerhardt’s Bach, hears a pastor attempting an operatic heart-to-heart with God over Zoom and remembers Julian Bream

Rian Evans

17, Aug, 2020 @4:00 PM

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Rise of illicit activity in our back gardens | Brief letters
Brief letters: The Tories | Johnson’s Scotland visit | Lawbreaking saxophonists | God | Plebs

Letters

24, Jul, 2020 @3:09 PM

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Grace, gravitas, galumphing – when dance marries magical music
Inspired by Bach, Mussorgsky and Ravel, works from Opera Ballet Vlaanderen’s archive reveal deep classical instincts

Lyndsey Winship

23, Jul, 2020 @5:47 PM

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Not such a mystery for dog owners? | Brief letters
Brief letters: Rishi Sunak’s mask | Yorkshire Times satirist | Mystery object identified? | For the love of Brahms | Hand-washing tunes | Living in the United Queendom

Letters

21, Jul, 2020 @5:00 PM

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Why today’s musicians should follow classical greats ... and improvise
A leading scholar says young pianists should follow in the spontaneous spirit of Bach and Beethoven

Dalya Alberge

06, Jun, 2020 @1:22 PM

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Alisa Weilerstein: Bach review I Erica Jeal's classical album of the week
The exceptional cellist’s music emerges with sunlit clarity in a recording that stands up with the best

Erica Jeal

16, Apr, 2020 @2:00 PM

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Passions denied: my first Easter without the mysteries and joys of Bach
The Observer’s classical music critic laments the loss of one of the rites of spring - a Good Friday performance of Bach’s Passions

Fiona Maddocks

12, Apr, 2020 @8:57 AM

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Bach Collegium Japan/Suzuki review – tightly plotted drama with real bite
Conductor Masaaki Suzuki set an urgent pace while compelling performances from soloists helped pile on the tension

Erica Jeal

11, Mar, 2020 @12:14 PM

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