Great Composers: Bach DVD


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Great Composers: Bach 
BBC TV Great Composers Series 
Narrated by Kenneth Branagh 
Music performed by The Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists Conducted by John Elio Gardiner 
Performances by Thomanerchor, Leipzig 
Keyboard: Ton Koopman and Tini Mathot, Jacques Loussier, Joanna MacGregor 
59 min.

The Great Composers series presents the lives and works of seven musical giants from the Baroque era to the twentieth century. It examines the backgrounds, influences and relationships that make these seven composers part of the history of western music. Each composer's life and work is presented through extensive performance sequences, and through interviews with some of today's greatest artists and most respected authorities.

J.S. Bach (1685-1750) occupies a pivotal place in the history of music. His compositions represent both the height of the Baroque and the beginning of the Modern Age of music. Filmed in Leipzig, London and America, this documentary, both fascinating and authoritative, features specially-filmed extracts:

  • John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists performing the Mass in B minor
  • Andras Schiff playing the Goldberg Variations
  • Jacques Loussier improvising on the Toccata and Fugue in D minor
  • demonstrations by Ton Koopman, Tini Mathot, Joanna MacGregor and the Thomanerchor of Leipzig.

Biographical and critical commentary is provided by leading Bach scholars, Christoph Wolff and Robert Marshall, while Charles Rosen and Jonathan Miller discuss Bach's masterpiece, the St. Matthew Passion.

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Mozart #853123
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Beethoven #853136
Tchaikovsky #853137
Wagner #853138
Mahler #853139


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