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Chris Thile's Bach on Mandolin

Chris Thile talks with host Brian McCreath about playing Bach's music on the mandolin and his recording of solo violin sonatas and partitas.

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On the program:

Two-Part Inventions Nos. 8 in F, BWV 779, 11 in G minor, BWV 782, & 10 in G, BWV 781 - Till Fellner, piano

Cantata BWV 49 Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen (translation) - Caroline Weynants, soprano; Lieven Termont, bass; Il Gardelino, Marcel Ponseele, director

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double - Chris Thile, mandolin

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Chris Thile, mandolin

(photo of Chris Thile courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation)
 

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ABOUT THE BACH HOUR | WCRB

The virtually limitless well of music by J.S. Bach has always had a prominent place on radio airwaves in Boston. Whether it’s an iconic work like the Toccata and Fugue in D minor or a rarely heard but emotionally riveting church cantata, Bach’s music is a touchstone, returning listeners to a foundation on which so much subsequent music has been built.

The Bach Hour grows out of a tradition begun in the early 1970's by Robert J. Lurtsema of WGBH 89.7 FM.  As one of the earliest sets of the complete Bach cantatas on record (Leonhardt and Harnoncourt) was being released, they became a regular fixture on each Sunday's edition of Morning Pro Musica, Lurtsema's unique daily program.  Now, on The Bach Hour, those cantatas, with the rich and diverse range of performances now available, are heard on the calendar days for which they were written.  Combined with recent and classic recordings of Bach's instrumental masterpieces and occasional interviews with significant interpreters, each week's program offers a chance to connect more deeply with this bedrock composer.

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