Markus Becker

Emmanuel Pahud
Fabian Monthubert / courtesy of the artist

The Principal Flutist of the Berlin Philharmonic brings lightness, grace, and depth to the Orchestral Suite No. 2, and Ton Koopman directs the Cantata No. 138 on The Bach Hour.

Kim Kashkashian
Steve Riskind / ECM

On the program:

Suite for Solo Viola No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1008 (originally for cello): I. Prelude - Kim Kashkashian, viola

Cantata BWV 9 Es it das Heil uns kommen her (translation) - Julia Doyle, soprano; Alex Potter, alto; Charles Daniels, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass; Chorus and Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation St. Gallen; Rudolf Lutz, conductor

Chorale Prelude on Es it das Heil uns kommen her, BWV 638 - Markus Becker, piano

Marcel Ponseele and Il Gardellino
Tim Heirman

On the program:

Schm├╝cke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 (trans. Max Reger) - Markus Becker, piano

Cantata BWV 154 Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren (translation) - Caroline Weynants, soprano; Patrick van Goethem, countertenor; Il Gardellino, Marcel Ponseele, director

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, from Cantata BWV 147 (arr. Empire Brass) - Empire Brass; Douglas Major, organ (National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.)

Oboe Concerto in F, BWV 1053 - Il Gardellino, Marcel Ponseele, oboe and director

Sinfonia in D, BWV 1045 - Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Courtesy of the Musikverein

Bach weaves a story of subversion of authority in Part 5 of the Christmas Oratorio, depicting the journey of the Magi. Listen now.