Bach

Classical
10:16 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Bach's Passions: Guides from NPR & More

John Butt, OBE, Gardiner Chair of Music at the University of Glasgow and Music Director of the Dunedin Consort
Credit www.dunedin-consort.org

Careful writers think twice before using superlatives, but here’s one that seems safe: Bach’s Passions are the greatest musical works ever written for Good Friday services. They aren’t “the operas Bach never wrote,” partly because they were calibrated for use in Leipzig’s liturgy, but also because, as Bach authority John Butt once told me, they go far beyond Baroque opera in their musical, dramatic and psychological complexity. 

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Classical
3:43 pm
Fri March 21, 2014

Happy Bach's sort-of Birthday!

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  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?

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Symphonies of Iowa
6:00 am
Tue January 14, 2014

Symphonies of Iowa presents Orchestra Iowa's "Bachtoberfest"

Credit Orchestra Iowa

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 Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, originally for organ but orchestrated by Lucien Cailliet. It is followed by a  tribute to the master by Timothy Kramer, BACH meets EsCHer. It closes with Bach’s Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major and Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 5, the"Reformation," which was strongly influenced by that composer's love of Bach. 

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Classical
1:19 pm
Wed January 1, 2014

Boston Baroque's Bach New Year at 2PM

Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman, and singers.
Credit Julian Bullitt c/o Boston Baroque

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.

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Classical
5:16 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

"Nutcracker," Bach, Handel & More Monday!

Ballet Quad Cities performing the Nutcracker.
Credit Orchestraiowa.com

Join us Monday at 7PM to hear Tchaikovsky's The Nutcracker, recorded earlier this month in Cedar Rapids, featuring Orchestra Iowa in collaboration with Ballet Quad Cities. Earlier, at 3 PM, tune in for "A Carol Festival" from Valparaiso University, followed at 4 by "Glad Tidings of Great Joy," with music of Bach, Purcell, and others from Medieval Germany through Baroque Germany, all performed by the Choir of Christ Church Cathedral Indianapolis and the Early Music Institute of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, directed by Paul Elliott.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
4:13 pm
Fri December 20, 2013

Favorite Classical CDs of 2013

When I spoke with Charity Nebbe about favorite classical CDs of 2013, time was short, so I cut my list to 11 that I thought might appeal to the widest range of listeners. But my actual list is much longer.

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Classical
2:40 pm
Sun December 15, 2013

Bach, Handel & more: wcfso Xmas Concert

Jason Weinberger and the wfcsymphony in rehearsal
Credit Noah Henscheid, from wcfso.org

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 Messiah and Charpentier's Noëls round out the festivities. Guest vocalists include Jeff Brich, Elizabeth Bieber, and Kaethe Henning.

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Classical
9:45 am
Wed December 11, 2013

2013's Top Classical CD's: Barney Talks w. Charity

Dawn Upshaw and Maria Schneider, "Winter Morning Walks" - one of our choices for best CDs of 2013.

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!

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Classical
9:43 pm
Tue December 3, 2013

Persson's Bach, Labadie's Mozart from NY

Swedish soprano Miah Persson
Credit c Mina artistbilder (courtesy Askonas Holt)

Join us tonight at 7 as soprano Miah 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 The New York Times).

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Classical
10:07 pm
Mon October 14, 2013

Arnone's Bach Live from IPR at 1 PM

Cellist Anthony Arnone of the University of Iowa

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.

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Classical Music in the Afternoon
3:35 pm
Sun October 13, 2013

Brandenburgatopia - Afternoons This Week

The opening of the manuscript Bach sent to the Margrave of Brandenburg.
Credit Bach-Archiv Leipzig (bach-digital.de)

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 thought we knew how these concertos sound - but these performances glow with warm, rich timbres we haven'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).

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Classical
11:00 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Iowa Bachtoberfest & Goldberg Greatness

Bach without his wig, reconstructed by forensic anthropologist Carolyn Wilkinson from a cast of his skull.
Credit Centre for Forensic and Medical Art, Dundee University

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  - and Barney shares a new recording of The Goldberg Variations that would knock Bach's wig off!

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Talk of Iowa
3:56 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Football and Cello

In 1935 Jay Berwanger because the first Heisman Trophy winner. He attended the University of Chicago on an athletic scholarship which gave him $300 a year to cover the basic costs of tuition.
Univeristy of Chicago

The story of Heisman Trophy winner Nile Kinnick is widely known; an outstanding young athlete who died before his time.  But the very first winner of the Heisman was also from Iowa.  Host Charity Nebbe and biographer Brian Cooper discuss the life and times of Jay Berwanger.  Berwanger was the son of a blacksmith in Dubuque who almost didn't go to college.  He ended

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Classical
10:50 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Mullova's Back to Bach, 3 PM Today

Viktoria Mullova receiving the Gold Medal from Leonid Kogan at the 1982 International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow.
Credit viktoriamullova.com

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 artistic borders. She has just re-recorded the Bach concertos, and this time she plays a Baroque violin. Sparks fly. Hear one of the concertos - a reconstruction recorded for the first time - on Barney Sherman's program at around 3 this afternoon.

  

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Classical
7:05 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Andras Schiff Leads NY Phil Bachfest

The Hungarian pianist/conductor Andras Schiff
Credit Steve Bowbrick via flickr.com

Tune in tonight at 7 as Andras Schiff - one of the world's supreme Bach interpreters - leads the final concert in the "Bach Variations" Festival of the New York Philharmonic. The Hungarian pianist/ conductor (a winner of the prestigious Bach Prize) leads two of the Bach keyboard concertos from the piano, and also conducts Mendelssohn's String Symphony no. 9 and Schumann's Symphony no. 4. 

  

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Classical
7:57 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

WCFSO Bachfest tonight at 7 PM

The dedication and first page of Bach's manuscript of the Brandenburg Concertos
Credit Bach-Archiv Leipzig (bach-digital.de)

"The Heavens Laugh, the Earth Rejoices"  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.

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Classical
3:29 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Suzuki Kicks off NY Phil Bach Festival

Masaaki Suzuki
Credit Marco Borggreve (from Indiana Public Media)

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.  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 Magnificat and Christus).

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Classical
8:52 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

More Back-Engineered Bach Thursday

J.S. without his wig: a reconstruction of his face using digital forensic technology and a bronze cast of his skull, by Dr. Caroline Wilkinson of The Centre for Forensic and Medical Art in Dundee, Scotland.
Credit Caroline Wilkinson / Bachhaus Eisenach

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 Gloriana, a powerful new recording of Beethoven, and much more.

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Classical
9:55 am
Tue May 7, 2013

"Back-Engineered Bach" Starts Today

J. S. Bach
Credit Wikimedia Commons

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!

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