Philippe Herreweghe

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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.

Philippe Herreweghe
Michiel Hendryckx

This week on "The Bach Hour," Harvard University's Christoph Wolff describes Bach's approach to transforming works by other composers, and Philippe Herreweghe conducts Collegium Vocale Gent in Bach's Cantata 112.

Philippe Herreweghe
Michiel Hendryckx

On the program:

English Suite No. 4 in F, BWV 809 - Angela Hewitt, piano

Cantata BWV 63 Christen, ätzet diesen Tag (translation) - Carolyn Sampson, soprano;  Ingeborg Danz, alto;  Mark Padmore, tenor,;  Sebastien Noack, bass;  Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Chorale preludes: Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605, and Vom Himmel kam der Engel Schar, BWV 607 - Simon Preston, organ (Klosterkirke, Soro)

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Chorale preludes:  Herr Christ, der einge Gottes-Sohn (Lord Christ, only Son of God), BWV 601, and Lob sei dem allmächtigen (Praise Be to God Almighty), BWV 602 - Gerhard Weinberger, organ (Joachim Wagner organ at Nidaros Cathedral in Trondheim, Norway)

French Suite No. 5 in G, BWV 816 - Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Cantata:  Schwingt freudig euch empor,  BWV 36 (translation) - Sibylla Rubens, soprano;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Peter Kooy, bass;  Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor