Too Good to Let Go

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Spring Cleaning is just around the corner. It's that time of year when we get rid of clutter and reorganize our homes. With that in mind, host Terrance McKnight looks at music and musical styles to which pack-rat composers keep coming back.

This week we feature a new recording of Bach's Fugue in C minor, in which baritone Eric Owens sings different voices of the fugue while trumpeter Terrence Blanchard improvises using a contemporary musical vocabulary. The old Shaker melody "Simple Gifts" is revived by guitarist Dave Grusin and violinist Mark O’Connor. And we unveil a string quartet version of "Home on the Range."


Simple Gifts

Aaron Copland

London Symphony Orchestra

Aaron Copland



Simple Gifts 

Joseph Brackett

Dave Grusin, Mark O’Connor



Ancient Keys

Victoria Bond

Paul Barnes, piano



Variations on a Theme in Ancient Style

Carlos SalzedoLeuan 

Jone, harp



Fugue in C minor, WTC Vol. I, BWV 847

Johann Sebastian Bach

Andre Vieru, piano



Fugue in C Minor,WTC Vol. 1 BWV 847

Johann Sebastian Bach

Eric Owens, baritone

Terence Blanchard, trumpet

Henri Mancini Institute Orchestra



Mutations from Bach

Samuel Barber

Summit Brass




After the Requiem

Gavin Bryars

Bill Frisell, electric guitar

Alexander Balanesque, viola

Kate Musker, viola

Tony Hinnigan, cello



Liebestod from “Tristan and Isolde

Franz Liszt/Richard Wagner

Leslie Howard



Variations on "The Wayfaring Stranger”

James Cohn

Slovak Radio Orchestra

Vahktang Jordania, conductor


Two Pieces for Cello and Piano from Second Ballet

Dimitri Shostakovich

Alexander Baillie, cello

Piers Lane, piano



Keyboard Concerto No.1 in C

Johann Sebastian Bach

Simone Dinnerstein

Kammerorchester Staatskapelle Berlin