JS Bach

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Bach: 12 Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier II review | Andrew Clements's classical album of the week
Playing his own selection of pieces from Bach’s monumental work may be heresy, but Anderszewki’s intelligence, lucidity and joy is undeniable

Andrew Clements

28, Jan, 2021 @3:00 PM

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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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