Hans Fagius

statue of J.S. Bach in Leipzig
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One of the rewards of great art is finding meaning below the surface. The first four notes of an aria on this week's "Bach Hour" are designed not just to sound nice, but to carry a message.

Courtesy of the Musikverein

Bach weaves a story of subversion of authority in Part 5 of the Christmas Oratorio, depicting the journey of the Magi. Listen now.

On the program:

Contrapunctus I, from The Art of the Fugue - Emerson String Quartet

Cantata BWV 33 Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (translation) - Franziska Gottwald, alto; Paul Agnew, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 1100 - Hans Fagius, organ (1728 Cahman instrument at Leufsta Bruk, Sweden)

Chaconne (Etude No. 5 for the Left Hand, arr. Brahms) - Leon Fleisher, piano

Contrapunctus V, from The Art of the Fugue - Emerson String Quartet

Marco Borggreve

On the program:

Chorale Prelude: Wo soll ich fliehen, BWV 694 - Hans Fagius, organ (Nils-Olof Berg organ of the Mission Church Uppsala, Sweden)

Cantata BWV 5 Wo soll ich fliehen (translation) - Joanne Lunn, soprano; William Towers, alto; James Gilchrist, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass; Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050 - Sandra Miller, baroque flute; Robert Mealy baroque violin; Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord; Boston Early Music Festival Chamber Ensemble

Chorale Prelude: Wo soll ich fliehen, BWV 694 (arr. Reinhard Febel) - Yaara Tal & Andreas Groethuysen, piano