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Life and Works: BACH, J.S. (Siepmann)

Life and Works
J.S. Bach

Author and Narrator: Jeremy Siepmann
John Shrapnel as Bach
Other parts taken by Trevor Nichols, Ruth Sillers and David Timson
4 CDs
116-page booklet
Naxos 8.558051-54
ISBN: 1-84379-022-X

Although now beloved and revered by millions as the greatest composer who ever lived, Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750) was best known in his lifetime as an organist, and was eclipsed in fame as a composer by two of his 20 children. For the last 27 years of his life he was a schoolteacher and choir director whose duties extended to meal supervision and dormitory inspection. Yet throughout his career he composed a vast body of music, which is amongst the most joyful, dancing and enrapturing ever written. This portrait-in-sound includes many examples of the music that made him immortal.

With compelling narration by Jeremy Siepmann, character portrayals by acclaimed actors, and the interpolation of over 25 substantial musical extracts reflecting the development of one of music's most enduringly awe-inspiring composers, we are transported back three centuries straight into the life of Johann Sebastian Bach. This innovative sense of immediacy is at the heart of this comprehensive audio-biography, depicting the life of a composer whose music is universally admired.


Disc 1

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Family background and early years 00:08:39
2.   Play with flash player Music: Capriccio on the Departure of His Beloved Brother 00:03:32
3.   Play with flash player Bach and the organ 00:02:02
4.   Play with flash player Music: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565 00:10:04
5.   Play with flash player Bach in trouble 00:10:17
6.   Play with flash player Music: Trio Sonata in E flat, BWV 525 00:04:54
7.   Play with flash player Bach the husband and father 00:04:11
8.   Play with flash player Music: Vivaldi / Bach: Concerto in A Minor for Four Harpsichords 00:03:58
9.   Play with flash player Bach the young composer 00:02:12
10.   Play with flash player Music: Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543 00:12:52
11.   Play with flash player Bach in Weimar (and in jail) 00:03:46
12.   Play with flash player Music: Prelude in E - Flat Minor (The Well - Tempered Clavier, Book I) 00:03:19
13.   Play with flash player Bach leaves Weimar 00:00:28
14.   Play with flash player Music: Violin Concerto in E Major (Finale) 00:02:39


Disc 2

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Bach at Cothen 00:02:56
2.   Play with flash player Music: Concerto for Two Violins (Largo ma non tanto) 00:06:47
3.   Play with flash player Bach and the Brandenburgs 00:02:35
4.   Play with flash player Music: Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D (first movement) 00:09:20
5.   Play with flash player From grief to joy though faith 00:01:27
6.   Play with flash player Music: 'Et Resurrexit' (B Minor Mass) 00:04:38
7.   Play with flash player New beginnings: Bach remarries and his family grows 00:02:09
8.   Play with flash player Music: Aria in G 00:03:46
9.   Play with flash player Goldberg Variations and Anna Magdalena's Notebook 00:00:51
10.   Play with flash player Music: Stolzel: Bist du bei mir 00:02:25
11.   Play with flash player Domestic happiness and the move to Leipzig 00:04:16
12.   Play with flash player Music: Magnificat 00:03:15
13.   Play with flash player Bach's duties at Leipzig 00:04:48
14.   Play with flash player Music: Canata No. 80 (Duetto) 00:03:44
15.   Play with flash player Bach the teacher 00:07:00
16.   Play with flash player Music: Sinfonia (Three - Part Invention) in E flat 00:02:46
17.   Play with flash player The great keyboard works with an educational agenda 00:00:16
18.   Play with flash player Music: Italian Concerto (last movement) 00:03:28
19.   Play with flash player A letter to the King 00:02:26
20.   Play with flash player Music: Cantata No. 147 (opening chorus) 00:04:25


Disc 3

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Bach takes up the poet's pen 00:02:45
2.   Play with flash player Music: Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (Courante) 00:03:01
3.   Play with flash player Bach's frustration at Leipzig 00:04:01
4.   Play with flash player Music: Singet dem Herrn, BWV 225 00:04:50
5.   Play with flash player Frustrations intensify 00:03:25
6.   Play with flash player Music: St John Passion (opening chorus) 00:08:30
7.   Play with flash player Bach's efforts to leave Leipzig 00:06:12
8.   Play with flash player Music: Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 (first movement) 00:03:52
9.   Play with flash player The King of Poland's jubilee 00:02:07
10.   Play with flash player Music: Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068 00:06:18
11.   Play with flash player The Ernesti affair 00:09:05
12.   Play with flash player Music: Prelude in D Major, BWV 532 00:05:30
13.   Play with flash player Adolf Scheibe's scathing views on Bach 00:03:05
14.   Play with flash player Music: Concerto in C for Three Harpsichords (Finale) 00:04:26


Disc 4

Bach, Johann Sebastian

  Life and Works
1.   Play with flash player Bach and opera 00:02:29
2.   Play with flash player 'Coffee' Cantata (excerpts) 00:07:40
3.   Play with flash player 'Peasant' Cantata (excerpts) 00:15:42
4.   Play with flash player The twilight years 00:04:57
5.   Play with flash player Music: The Art of Fugue 00:03:00
6.   Play with flash player Bach's visit to Frederick the Great 00:10:33
7.   Play with flash player Music: The Musical Offering 00:06:07
8.   Play with flash player Decline and death 00:08:04
9.   Play with flash player Music: Mass in B Minor 00:02:21

Total Playing Time: 04:34:11






Author(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Composer(s):
Bach, Johann Sebastian

Artist(s):
Shrapnel, John

Reader(s):
Siepmann, Jeremy

Label: Naxos Educational

Genre: Music Biographies

Period: Baroque

Catalogue No: 8.558051-54

Barcode: 0636943805121

Release Date: 04/2002

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