The Poetry of Nelson Freire's Bach

This week on The Bach Hour, the notes on the page are by a young professional still carving out his reputation, but the hands playing the notes are those of an artist who released his first recording of Bach's music at the beginning of this seventh decade.

On the program:

Prelude in G minor, BWV 535 - Nelson Freire, piano

Cantata BWV 37 Wer da glaubet und getauft wird (translation) - Sybilla Rubens, soprano; Bernhard Landauer, alto; Christoph Pregardien, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Chorale Prelude: Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern, BWV 739 - Christopher Herrick, organ (Metzler organ at the Stadtkirche, Zoflingen, Switzerland)

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 - Nelson Freire, piano

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047 - Dunedin Consort, John Butt, conductor