Exploring the musical genius of J.S. Bach with video performances, artist interviews, world premieres, and special collaborations.
Bach Inspired World Premieres
The 2020 DeGaetano Composition Institute culminates in the world premieres of four, one-minute solo works by this year’s emerging composers, performed by OSL musicians. In addition to these performances, the DeGaetano Compostition Institute composer-mentor Anna Clyne will interview each of the four composers to discuss their piece. The 2020 DeGaetano Compostition Institute composers are William Gardiner, Charlie Peck, Jeremy Rapaport, and Nicky Sohn.
OSL Principal Conductor Bernard Labadie's essays on Bach, highlighting the great master's work with specially selected, accompanying recordings.
Jean Rondeau Performs
Acclaimed Jean Rondeau was to have made his OSL debut with performances juxtaposing J.S. Bach’s Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 1052 with the Harpsichord Concerto in F Minor, W C 73 by one of Bach’s sons, J.C. Bach.
OSL Musicians Perform
OSL musicians and Bach at Home 2020 guest artists welcome you into their homes and home communities by performing solo pieces by Bach away from the concert hall.
My Favorite Bach
OSL musicians and Bach at Home 2020 guest artists discuss their favorite works by Bach in exclusive performances, interviews, and articles.
Amanda Forsythe Performs
Praised for her “wonderful agility and silvery top notes” (Opera News), soprano Amanda Forsythe performs three arias by Bach, including the beloved “Bist du bei mir.” arias from Bach’s St. John Passion: “Ich folge dir gleichfalls” and “Zerfließe mein Herze.”
Brandenburg Concerto No. 2
One of Bach’s most well-known and beloved works, the Brandenburg Concertos feature some of the most innovative and varied instrumentation of the Baroque period. In his second Brandenburg Concerto, Bach highlights the capacity of the trumpet as an orchestral instrument. Originally written for the clarino, the part is performed here by Maximilian Morel on the modern piccolo trumpet.
Paul Taylor Dance Company Performs
Bach at Home offers three of Paul Taylor's work set to the music of Bach: the gallant Brandenburgs, an historic performance of Junction featuring Paul Taylor himself, and a selection from the intimate Musical Offering, recorded with OSL in our home, the DiMenna Center for Classical Music.
Pierre Hantaï Performs
Composed in 1741, Bach’s Goldberg Variations for solo harpsichord begin and end with an intimate “Aria,” whose bass line serves as the structural inspiration for the 28 variations in between. Bach at Home 2020 features French harpsichordist Pierre Hantaï’s performance of “Aria” as well as Variations 3, 5, 14, and 28.
Pieter Wispelwey Performs
Pieter Wispelwey performs Bach Cello Suites specially recorded for Bach at Home, and explores the music of these perennial favorites in the documentary Pieter Wispelwey and the Bach Cello Suites.
Sylvain Bergeron Performs
Bach at Home 2020 welcomes lutenist Sylvain Bergeron to perform Violin Partita No. 3, Gavotte en Rondeau by J.S. Bach. Considered “a supremely refined, elegant and cerebral musician" (Ottawa Citizen), Bergeron has been instrumental in illuminating the importance of Baroque plucked instruments in ensembles and orchestras through Canada and the U.S.
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