A Bach Family Reunion

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Sunday, March 17, 2013

In advance of WQXR's Bach 360 festival, The Choral Mix features music from the Bach Family. There’s C.P.E., Johann Nicolaus, Johann Christoph, Johan Ludwig and the master himself, Johann Sebastian. Today, a Bach Family Reunion.

Carl Phillip Emanual Bach, better known as C.P.E., was J.S. Bach’s son. C.P.E. followed in his father’s musical footsteps. Like J.S., C.P.E. also set the text of the Magnificat. And another member of the family featured in the playlist is Johann Christoph Bach. On tap is his Fürchte dich nicht with the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge, led by Timothy Brown. Johann Christoph was a first cousin once removed to J.S. Bach and his musical reputation during the time he lived was surpassed by only J.S. himself so you know he was quite a composer in his own right.

Johann Ludwig Bach, another of J.S.’s many cousins composed a large amount of music and held important musical posts in Germany. We feature a version of his Das ist meine Freude with Richard Marlow leading The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge.

Johann Michael was the brother of Johann Christoph Bach, as well as father-in-law of Johann Sebastian Bach (he was the father of J.S. Bach's first wife Maria Barbara Bach). He hear his Halt, was du hast performed by the Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge under the direction of Richard Marlow.

Flanking the show are the Magnificats and we conclude with the joyous opening and closing movements composed by J.S. The Monteverdi Choir, and English Baroque Soloists are led in a performance by John Eliot Gardiner.



Johann Bach/ The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge,Timothy Brown

Unser Leben ist ein Schatten


Johann Christoph Bach/ The Choir of Clare College, Cambridge,Timothy Brown

Fürchte dich nicht


J.S. Bach/Wondrous Love/ Choir of St Ignatius, Kent Tritle

Komm, Jesu, komm


Johann Ludwig Bach /Bach Family Motets/ The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow

Das ist meine Freude


Johann Michael Bach/Bach Family Motets/ The Choir of Trinity College, Cambridge, Richard Marlow

Halt, was du hast


Buxtehude/ Buxtehude: 6 Cantatas/ Orchestra Anima Eterna and Collegium Vocale

Jos van Immerseel

Jesu, meines lebens leben


Bach/Bach: Motets/ The Sixteen, Harry Christophers

Jesu, Meine Freude:

Gute nacht

Weicht, ihr trauergeister


Bach/ Bach: Magnificat/ Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner


Gloria Patri

Comments [4]

carole from Brooklyn, NY

Thank you for a beautiful and satisfying program!

Mar. 18 2013 01:14 PM
Gary Ekman from Manhattan NYC

"Think outside the Bachs." Oh no, you didn't!

I also like the phrase "a smorgasbord of Bachs."

Now, THAT was some gene pool.

Thanks for the great music.

Mar. 17 2013 08:20 AM
Marilyn Brace from Ocean,

I would appreciate hearing all of the prelude and fugues of Bach on the ORGAN which is never on the playlist except at very odd hours i.e. extremely late or extremely early. As an organist I really would love to hear different artists play the Bach repetoire. And at prime time. Bach isn't all "religious" music (although a lot of his compositions are).

Mar. 14 2013 10:06 PM
Annette Shandolow-Hassell from North Bergen, NJ

Can we get PDQ, too?

Mar. 14 2013 12:50 PM

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