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Episode 4: Lisa Batiashvili Plays 'Erbarme dich' from St. Matthew Passion

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Every weekday during November, WQXR offers a free, daily download of a noteworthy Bach recording. Today, Lisa Batiashvili Plays 'Erbarme dich' arranged for violin, oboe, strings and continuo from the St. Matthew Passion.

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Lisa Batiashvili
'Erbarme dich' arranged for violin, oboe, strings and continuo from the St. Matthew Passion
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The alto aria "Erbarme dich, mein Gott" ("Have mercy Lord, My God, because of my weeping") from Bach's St. Matthew Passion is one of his most intensely lyrical creations, dispelling the charge that he was an overly cerebral composer. It's been memorably sung by leading mezzo-sopranos, and is often delivered as a kind of prayer (a plucking bass line is evocative of the "weeping" in the music). This arrangement brings together violinist Lisa Batiashvili, her husband Francois Leleux (on oboe d'amore) and strings from the Bavarian Radio Symphony Chamber Orchestra. It's one of WQXR's current Albums of the Week.

Below: Batiashvili tells WQXR about the "Erbarme Dich" arrangement:

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