Bach: Solace and Inspiration

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Immediately after the attacks of September 11, 2001, WNYC began non-stop news coverage, keeping New Yorkers crucially informed from our studios just blocks from the World Trade Center.

Like many, Producer/Host David Garland, was shaken by the attacks, which had at first swept aside the former significance of now apparently trivial things like art and music. But as the intense emergency of 9/11 subsided, Garland turned to the music of 18th Century German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. Moved by Bach's deep emotion, the beauty of Bach's musical logic, and the profound way Bach's music is able to express the truths and ideals of humanity, Garland created "Bach: Solace and Inspiration," to inaugurate WNYC's return to music programming on September 23, 2001.

Through music and brief commentary, Garland and special guests convey the introspective and universal, heart-felt and uplifting marvels of Bach's work.

Guests on the program include British conductor Sir John Elliot Gardiner, harpsichordist Arthur Haas, and Rick Ericson, Cantor of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in New York City. Hester Furman, then Music Director of WNYC, helped produce the program.

For this tenth anniversary of 9/11, David Garland has assembled highlights from "Bach: Solace and Inspiration." The program airs Sunday, Sept. 11 from 4 to 6 pm.

Playlist:

Double, from Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
Rachel Podger, violin
Channel Classics 12198

Aria, from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 orchestrated by Dmitri Sitkovetski
COND: Dmitri Sitkovetski
ORCH: NES Symphony Orchestra
Nonesuch 79341

Variation #3 Conone all'Usisuono, from The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
orchestrated by Dmitri Sitkovetski
COND: Dmitri Sitkovetski
ORCH: NES Symphony Orhestra
Nonesuch 79341

"Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 645
arr. by Sir Granville Bantock
COND: Leonard Slatkin
ORCH: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 9835

Andante, from Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Angela Hewitt, piano
Hyperion 67306

Sinfonia, from Cantata BWV 156
COND: Andrew Parrott
ORCH: Tavener Players
Virgin Veritas 61304

Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 846
Andrew Lawrence King, harp
Teldec/Das Alte Werk 91183

Contrapunctus 13 a 3, from The Art of the Fugue
The Keller Quartet
ECM 1652

Contrapunctus 1, from The Art of the Fugue
The Keller Quartet
ECM 1652

Gigue, from Suite BWV 1006/a
Rolf Lislevand, lute
Astree 8807

Chaconne, from Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Rachel Podger, violin
Channel Classics 12198

Chaconne, from Partita No. 2
arr. by F. Busoni
Evgeny Kissin, piano
RCA 68911

Chaconne, from Partita No. 2
arr. by Joseph Joachim Raff
COND: Leonard Slatkin
ORCH: BBC Philharmonic
Chandos 9835

Adagio, from Violin Sonata #3 In E, BWV 1016
Giuliano Carmignola; Andrea Marcon
Sony Classical 89469

Motet: "O Jesu Christ, meins Lebens Light" BWV 1186
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
Archiv 429782

Solo Cello Suite No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008
Pieter Wispelwey, cello
Channel Classics 1090

Intro music:
Sinfonia from Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248
COND: Andrew Parrott
ORCH: Tavener Players
Virgin Veritas 61304

Choral: Erbarm' dich mein, o Herre Gott, BWV 721
Marie-Claire Alain, organ
Erato 88030

Vivace, from Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV
Wieland Kuijken, viola da gamba Gustav Leonhardt, harpsichord
Deutsche Harmonia Mundi 77044

selection from Cantata BWV 20
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
unreleased

Chorale from Cantata BWV 166
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
unreleased

Aria from Cantata BWV 95
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
SOLOIST: Mark Padmore, tenor
unreleased

selection from Cantata BWV 71
COND: Sir John Elliot Gardiner
ORCH: Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists
unreleased

Sheep May Safely Graze
arr. by Leopold Stokowski
COND: Wolfgang Sawallisch
ORCH: Philadelphia Orchestra
EMI 55592 

The unreleased recordings were made during Sir John Elliot Gardiner's "Bach Cantata Pilgrimage," used with permission

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Comments [4]

Diane T from Maplewood, NJ

Thanks for rebroadcasting the program. Bach has always been one of my favorites,and the works and narrative were such a comfort Sunday. The explanation one artist gave about the confusion in it that always comes predictably home articulated how I feel.

Sep. 12 2011 06:14 PM
Laura Weyrauch from Livingston, NJ

Thank you David Garland! Today's program featuring J.S. Bach's deeply moving and inspiring music selections, along with your commentary, was so soothing and engrossing on this 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 tragedy, I became focused on the beauty and depth of the multiple patterns and variety of complex feelings brought fourth in the music...well, my heart felt glad and I smiled with a feeling of great satisfaction! BRAVO BACH and BRAVO DAVID GARLAND - the "two guys" who are always #1 WINNERS in my book! Thanks again!

Sep. 11 2011 06:20 PM
Bill Zimmerman from New York

Thank you for today's Bach program -- it has been so comforting on such a difficult day.
I can't seem to find the listing of people for the program on the WQXR site -- can you please tell me where I can find it.
Thank you for this wonderful broadcast.
Sincerely,
Bill Zimmerman

Sep. 11 2011 05:22 PM
Mark from New Providence, NJ

Thank you for re-broadcasting this wonderful Bach program. It's stunning how profound and, as you say, direct this music remains over the years. I would love to know the pieces that are being played that I don't recognize.

Sep. 11 2011 04:17 PM

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