Saturday Morning Cartoons: Sibelius and the Cat

Saturday, April 13, 2013

For this Saturday’s cartoon we have selected Jean Sibelius’s Valse triste, Op. 44. 


On-Demand Video: András Schiff Plays Bach in The Greene Space

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

On Wednesday, the pianist András Schiff joined host Jeff Spurgeon to discuss and perform the music of J.S. Bach. Watch the archived video.

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Saturday Morning Cartoons: Going for Gold

Saturday, April 06, 2013

For this week’s cartoon we feature the Entry of the Gods into Valhalla, from Wagner’s Das Rheingold, as featured in "Operavox Rhinegold,” a 1995 condensed, animated version of the opera from the BBC.


'The Iceberg' Opera Drifts into Newark

Monday, April 01, 2013

On Sunday evening at the Park & Bark Arts Center in Newark, NJ I heard a performance of what is, without question, the most unusual opera I’ve ever heard.

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Bach 360°: Chorales, Cantatas and an Oratorio for Easter

Sunday, March 31, 2013

Two things are certain about the classical music calendar: Handel at Christmas and Bach at Easter. For the final day of Bach 360°, read more about the Easter-themed works.

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Bach 360°: What Type of Singers Did Bach Prefer?

Saturday, March 30, 2013

What kinds of voices did Bach have in mind for his vocal works? Which voice type is most capable of communicating the composer's music: boy sopranos, countertenors or women?

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Bach 360°: The Passions, Ravishing and Disputed

Friday, March 29, 2013

Bach's St. John Passion is among the great monuments of the choral literature but it is also controversial for its setting of the St. John Passion. Find out why and leave a comment.

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Bach 360°: How Bach Scored with the Keyboard

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Beyond religion, beyond duty, beyond fashion lies J.S. Bach’s music for keyboard. Read David Patrick Stearns's take on the composer's epic keyboard works and get a free download.

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Bach 360°: Cross-Genre Reinventions

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

No other composer has spurred as many reinterpretations as Bach, from jazz and bluegrass to rock. Author Paul Elie considers why. Plus: get a free Bach download.

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Café Concert: Isabelle Faust

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

In an age when crossover-slanted, heavily promoted violin babes are a staple of record industry marketing, Isabelle Faust’s career seems cut from a different cloth.

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Bach 360°: Dance in the Music of Bach

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

While it's doubtful Bach intended his music for dancing, he wrote his share of gigues, sarabandes and gavottes. Read our top five and get a free download. 

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A Musical Feast for Passover with Itzhak Perlman

Monday, March 25, 2013

Sunday, April 5 at 10 pm, violinist Itzhak Perlman shares Passover music from many traditions, plus songs and memories from his childhood in Israel.

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Bach 360°: The Man About Leipzig

Monday, March 25, 2013

In the New York real estate market, buyers and renters worry about space, light and location. Nearly 300 years ago J.S. Bach faced many of the same preoccupations when he moved to Leipzig.

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Bach 360°: The Cantatas

Sunday, March 24, 2013

As the Bach 360 festival turns its focus Sunday to J.S. Bach's cantatas, Operavore writer Marion Lignana Rosenberg considers the universality of the sacred vocal works, in light of a controversial recording series.

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Bach 360°: The Well-Tempered Clavier

Saturday, March 23, 2013

The Bach 360 festival continues with a focus on Bach's two books of 24 preludes and fugues, written to celebrate the modern system of tuning. Read about their "hidden" meanings and get a free download.

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Bach 360°: Being Bach

Friday, March 22, 2013

As we continue with our ten-day festival, we look at the colorful life of Bach, one full of full of professional intrigue, unjust treatment and domestic misfortune. Read more and get a free download.

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We Got Your Bach: Bach 360's Generator of Bach Puns

Thursday, March 21, 2013

From the very first mention of the Bach 360 festival, we haven't been able to help ourselves when it comes to Bach puns. Really, we can't help ourselves.

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Bach 360°: The Many Forms of Bach

Thursday, March 21, 2013

For the next 10 days, WQXR will be presenting the complete works of J.S. Bach – some 1100 in all. Get a free download, read our introductory essay and check out programming highlights.

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Bach in the Subways Day Returns For Third Year

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

For the third year in a row, the cellist Dale Henderson has organized Bach in the Subways as a way to celebrate Johann Sebastian Bach's birthday — and his music.

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On-Demand Video: Bill T. Jones and the Orion String Quartet

Monday, March 18, 2013

On Monday night, Bill T. Jones, the Orion Quartet, and dancers from the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company came to The Greene Space at WQXR. See the video.

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