Bach en Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More <p>Careful writers think twice before using superlatives, but it's safe to say that<strong> Bach’s <em>St. Matthew Passion </em></strong>is&nbsp;the greatest musical work ever written for Good Friday services. Fri, 18 Apr 2014 03:16:23 +0000 Barney Sherman 39306 at Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! <p></p><p>It's Bach's Birthday! - or is it? The calendars in Eisenach on the day of his birth read March 21st, but back in 1685 Thuringians were&nbsp; still using the Julian calendar, so our equivalent date is "March 31st," ("equivalent" in being about ten days after the vernal equinox). But old habits die hard, especially addictive ones, and Bach is by far my primary addiction. How about if we just party for ten days?</p> Fri, 21 Mar 2014 20:43:27 +0000 Barney Sherman 37906 at Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday! Symphonies of Iowa presents Orchestra Iowa's "Bachtoberfest" <p>Join us Monday at 7PM as the 2013-2014 Symphonies of Iowa season opens with Orchestra Iowa's "Bachtoberfest." The concert, which pays tribute to Johann Sebastian Bach, opens with his <em>Fugue</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;"> in G minor, BWV 578</em><span style="line-height: 1.5;">, originally for organ but orchestrated by Lucien </span>Cailliet<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It is followed by a&nbsp; tribute to the master by Timothy Kramer, </span><em style="line-height: 1.5;">BACH meets EsCHer</em><em style="line-height: 1.5;">. Tue, 14 Jan 2014 12:00:00 +0000 Jacqueline Halbloom 34069 at Symphonies of Iowa presents Orchestra Iowa's "Bachtoberfest" Boston Baroque's Bach New Year at 2PM <p><span class="userContent" data-ft="{&quot;tn&quot;:&quot;K&quot;}">Continue New Year's festivities at 2PM on IPR Classical with Boston Baroque's annual Bach New Year concert from Cambridge, MA. The music this year includes the Brandenburg Concertos no. 3 and 4, plus the lovely Wedding Cantata and the delightful Coffee Cantata. (Spoiler alert: the father relents and gives his daughter permission to drink this radical new beverage!) Martin Pearlman conducts the ensemble he founded 40 years ago.</span></p><p></p> Wed, 01 Jan 2014 19:19:55 +0000 Barney Sherman 34290 at Boston Baroque's Bach New Year at 2PM "Nutcracker," Bach, Handel & More Monday! <p>Join us Monday at 7PM to hear Tchaikovsky's<em> The Nutcracke</em>r, recorded earlier this month in Cedar Rapids, featuring Orchestra Iowa in collaboration with Ballet Quad Cities. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 23:16:17 +0000 Barney Sherman 33853 at "Nutcracker," Bach, Handel & More Monday! Favorite Classical CDs of 2013 <p>When I <a href="" target="_blank">spoke with<strong> Charity Nebbe </strong>about favorite</a><strong><a href="" target="_blank"> classical CDs of 2013</a>,</strong> time was short, so I cut my list to 10 that I thought might appeal to the widest range of listeners. But my actual list is much longer. Fri, 20 Dec 2013 22:13:13 +0000 Barney Sherman 33812 at Favorite Classical CDs of 2013 Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert <p>Join us Monday at 7PM as Jason Weinberger and the wcfsymphony perform Christmas (and other) music of Bach, Handel, and Marc-Antoine Charpentier. The Bach includes selections from his cantatas and his Christmas Oratorio, plus the Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 with Kathleen Sihler and Ute Brandenburg on violas. Music from Handel's <em>Messiah </em>and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 20:40:41 +0000 Barney Sherman 33557 at Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert 2013's Top Classical CD's: Barney Talks w. Charity <p>Its' been a great year for classical CDs! At 10:30, Barney Sherman will share ten (plus one) of his picks of the year with Charity Nebbe on Talk of Iowa - and playing many more than ten on his show every afternoon. If you have any particular favorite classical CDs of the year, please let us know! Wed, 11 Dec 2013 15:45:43 +0000 Barney Sherman 33360 at 2013's Top Classical CD's: Barney Talks w. Charity Persson's Bach, Labadie's Mozart from NY <p>Join us tonight at 7 as soprano Miah&nbsp;Persson - a renowned interpreter of Bach and Mozart - sings Bach's dazzling Cantata 51 (with trumpet soloist Philip Smith) then joins a team of star soloists as the New York Philharmonic gives a "glowing" performance of Mozart's Requiem under Bernard Labadie (the adjective comes from <em>The New York Times).</em></p><p></p> Wed, 04 Dec 2013 03:43:38 +0000 Barney Sherman 33013 at Persson's Bach, Labadie's Mozart from NY Arnone's Bach Live from IPR at 1 PM <p>Tune in today at 1 PM as cellist Anthony Arnone plays selections from Bach's Suites for Solo Cello live from IPR's studios in Cedar Falls. Arnone, a professor at the University of Iowa, will not only play, but also talk to IPR's Barney Sherman about the music and his project of playing Bach in unexpected public places.</p><p></p><p></p> Tue, 15 Oct 2013 03:07:50 +0000 Barney Sherman 30578 at Arnone's Bach Live from IPR at 1 PM Brandenburgatopia - Afternoons This Week <p>Among the many delights that Barney Sherman has scheduled this week is a new recording of the Brandenburg Concertos that will make you fall in love with them yet again. We all <em>thought </em>we knew how these concertos sound - but these performances glow with warm, rich timbres we haven&#39;t yet heard from other period-instrument (or modern-instrument) groups. We all have a sense for how they move, but these have a natural interplay among the musicians and a liveliness that comes from within the music (as opposed to velocity imposed from without). Sun, 13 Oct 2013 20:35:30 +0000 Barney Sherman 30518 at Brandenburgatopia - Afternoons This Week Iowa Bachtoberfest & Goldberg Greatness <p>Tune in this afternoon as Tim Hankewich joins Barney Sherman to tell us about the upcoming Bachtoberfest concerts in Iowa City, Cedar Rapids, and Ottumwa&nbsp; - and Barney shares a new recording of <em>The Goldberg Variations</em> that would knock Bach&#39;s wig off!</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Oct 2013 04:00:46 +0000 Barney Sherman 30239 at Iowa Bachtoberfest & Goldberg Greatness Football and Cello <p>The story of <a href="">Heisman Trophy</a> winner <a href="">Nile Kinnick</a> is widely known; an outstanding young athlete who died before his time.&nbsp; But the very first winner of the Heisman was also from Iowa.&nbsp; Host Charity Nebbe and biographer <a href="">Brian Cooper</a> discuss the life and times of <a href="">Jay Berwanger</a>.&nbsp; Berwanger was the son of a blacksmith in Dubuque who almost didn&#39;t go to Wed, 02 Oct 2013 20:56:20 +0000 Sarah Boden 29998 at Football and Cello Mullova's Back to Bach, 3 PM Today <p>1982: Viktoria Mullova is the USSR's violin sensation, winning the gold in the Tchaikovsky Competition. I983: she puts her state-owned Stradivarius on her hotel bed in Finland, dons a blonde wig to fool her KGB minders, and escapes to Sweden. Since then, she's been on of the supreme violinists - and she regularly crosses <em>artistic </em>borders. She has just re-recorded the Bach concertos, and this time she plays a Baroque violin. Sparks fly. Thu, 20 Jun 2013 03:50:32 +0000 Barney Sherman 22743 at Mullova's Back to Bach, 3 PM Today Andras Schiff Leads NY Phil Bachfest <p>Tune in tonight at 7 as Andras Schiff - one of the world's supreme Bach interpreters - leads the final concert in the&nbsp;<span style="line-height: 1.5;">"Bach Variations" Festival of the</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;New York Philharmonic. The Hungarian pianist/ conductor (a winner of the prestigious Bach Prize) leads&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">two of the Bach keyboard concertos from the piano, and also conducts&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Mendelssohn's</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">&nbsp;String Symphony no. Thu, 06 Jun 2013 00:05:28 +0000 Barney Sherman 21972 at Andras Schiff Leads NY Phil Bachfest WCFSO Bachfest tonight at 7 PM <p>"The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices"&nbsp; is the title of a Bach cantata and of the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony's concert of Easter-related Bach, which you can hear tonight at 7 PM. The Brandenburg Concerto no. 1 is preceded by sinfonias from several cantatas (including "The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices" BWV 31) and the Easter Oratorio, and by the entirety of the beautiful Cantata 104, "Hear, O Shepherd of Israel" (with the University of Northern Iowa Cantorei and soloists Jeffrey Brich and John Hines). Music Director Jason Weinberger conducts.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 18 May 2013 00:57:15 +0000 Barney Sherman 20977 at WCFSO Bachfest tonight at 7 PM Suzuki Kicks off NY Phil Bach Festival <p>Tune in Thursday at 7 PM as Masaaki Suzuki - one of the world's most renowned Bach interpreters - kicks off the New York Philharmonic's month-long Bach Festival.&nbsp; The Japanese keyboardist/conductor, one of the few recipients of the Royal College of Music's "Bach Prize," has been recording the complete sacred vocal works, keyboard works, and orchestral works for the prestigious BIS label, to great acclaim. Hear him conduct Bach's Magnificat and motet "Sing to the Lord a New Song" (as well as Felix Mendelssohn's <em>Magnificat </em>and <em>Christus</em>). Tue, 14 May 2013 20:29:50 +0000 Barney Sherman 20772 at Suzuki Kicks off NY Phil Bach Festival More Back-Engineered Bach Thursday <p>Here's what forensic scientists think Bach looked like without his wig. And you can hear what scholars think some of his works sounded like in lost original versions on Barney Sherman's show each afternoon. Thursday's show also includes the "Courtly Dances" from Britten's <em>Gloriana</em>, a powerful new recording of Beethoven, and much more.</p> Wed, 08 May 2013 01:52:01 +0000 Barney Sherman 20409 at More Back-Engineered Bach Thursday "Back-Engineered Bach" Starts Today <p>Join IPR's Barney Sherman for four hours of classical music this afternoon starting at 1. Along with music of Poulenc, Beethoven, Brahms, Tchaikovsky, and more, Barney will begin a daily series of reconstructions of lost works by J. S. Bach, "Back-engineered Bach." Up today: the Cello Suite no. 4, which may have started life as... well, tune in to hear!</p> Tue, 07 May 2013 14:55:31 +0000 Barney Sherman 20361 at "Back-Engineered Bach" Starts Today