Concerto for Three Violins and Cantata No. 178

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(The image at left [courtesy Wikimedia Commons] shows column detail from the Nikolaikirche, Leipzig, which is modelled on palms.  The theme of palms is prevalent in the architecture of the Nikolaikirche, which, with the Thomaskirche, is one of the churches served by Bach between 1723 and 1750.  The Nikolaikirche also played a pivotal role in the fall of the Communist regime of East Germany in the 1980's.)

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On the program:

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. Busoni) - Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Cantata BWV 178 Wo Gott derr Herr nicht bei uns hält (translation) - Matthew White, countertenor;  Makoto Sakurada, tenor;  Peter Kooy, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Fantasia, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 906/968 (arr. Busoni) - Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Concerto for three violins, strings and basso continuo, BWV 1064 - Gottfried von der Goltz; Sabine Lier; Anne-Katharina Schreiber, violinists; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor

(photo of Thomas Hengelbrock by Karl Forster, courtesy of the artist)

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