Albrecht Mayer

Ben Ealovega, courtesy Decca

Bach never wrote an opera, but the drama and storytelling in his cantatas often has an operatic quality. Hear that drama this week on The Bach Hour.

Andreas Ottensamer: New Era
Decca

With a spirit of collaboration and artistic creativity hearkening back to the Mannheim school, Berlin Philharmonic clarinetist Andreas OttensamerĀ has compiled an album of classical clarinet pieces showcasing not just his own talents, but those of his colleagues as well.

Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

On the program:

Concerto for Cor Anglais, from Cantata BWV 54 - Albrecht Mayer, oboe; The English Concert

Cantata, BWV 23 Du wahrer Gott und David Sohn (translation) - Dorothee Mields, soprano; Matthew White, alto; Jan Kobow, tenor; Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Two-Part Inventions, BWV 772-786 - Simone Dinnerstein, piano