Philippe Herreweghe

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On The Bach Hour, Philippe Herreweghe leads Collegium Vocale of Ghent in a work that expresses the complexities of belief, and pianist Igor Levit performs the Partita No. 2.

Philippe Herreweghe
Michiel Hendryckx

On the program:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G, BWV 1049 - Daniel Stepner, violin;  Christopher Krueger and Roy Sansom, recorders;  Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman, conductor

Cantata BWV 12 Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen (translation) - Daniel Taylor, alto;  Mark Padmore, tenor;  Peter Kooy, bass;  Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi) - Gerhard Weinberger, organ (Zacharias Hildenbrandt organ at St. Wenceslaus Church, Naumberg, Germany)

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Bach never wrote an opera, but the drama and storytelling in his cantatas often has an operatic quality. Hear that drama this week on The Bach Hour.

Philippe Herreweghe
Michiel Hendryckx

On the program:

English Suite No. 4 in F, BWV 809 - Angela Hewitt, piano

Cantata BWV 63 Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (translation) - Carolyn Sampson, soprano;  Ingeborg Danz, alto;  Mark Padmore, tenor,;  Sebastien Noack, bass;  Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Chorale preludes: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605, and Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607 - Simon Preston, organ (Klosterkirke, Soro)

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On the program:

Chorale preludes:  Herr Christ, der einge Gottes-Sohn (Lord Christ, only Son of God), BWV 601, and Lob sei dem allmächtigen (Praise Be to God Almighty), BWV 602 - Gerhard Weinberger, organ (Joachim Wagner organ at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway)

French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816 - Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Cantata:  Schwingt freudig euch empor,  BWV 36 (translation) - Sibylla Rubens, soprano;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Peter Kooy, bass;  Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor