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John Eliot Gardiner

  • On The Bach Hour, the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin brings vibrant textures and colors to the composer's ultimate musical statement in counterpoint, and John Eliot Gardiner conducts the Cantata No. 181, confronting "light-minded, frivolous spirits."
  • On The Bach Hour, the composer harnesses the mellow lyricism, the astonishing power, and even the historical roots of the horn in his Cantata 52, and horn soloist Radek Baborák brings the instrument's dynamism to a concerto originally for harpsichord.
  • On The Bach Hour, John Eliot Gardiner leads the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists in music that grapples with the challenges of everyday life, and Pieter-Jan Belder leads the exuberant Brandenburg Concerto No. 3.
  • On The Bach Hour, the composer's Cantata No. 19, for St. Michael and All Angels, expresses a terrifying, visceral quality of battle, and a hope for protection and safety.
  • The mandolin virtuoso talks with host Brian McCreath about the rich musical environment of his childhood, what led him to the mandolin, and the role Bach's music plays in his artistic life.
  • In a performance at the Gewandhaus in Leipzig, Germany, Iranian-born pianist Ramin Bahrami is the soloist in Bach's emotionally probing D minor concerto.
  • On The Bach Hour, the Polish pianist's earliest musical experiences, as a five-year-old learning the pipe organ, are the foundation of an exceptionally poetic approach to Bach's Partita No. 3.
  • On The Bach Hour, the power of water and its spiritual dimensions are at the heart of Bach's Cantata No. 7, led by John Eliot Gardiner, and harpist Catrin Finch performs the composer's Italian Concerto.
  • On The Bach Hour, Riccardo Chailly and the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra channel the best of modern and historically informed performance ideas into the composer's Brandenburg Concerto No. 6.
  • On The Bach Hour, the Welsh soprano is the soloist in the first recording of a cantata that had been lost for almost three centuries, a discovery described by Harvard University's Christoph Wolff.