Poster J.S. Bach with three of his sons
J.S. Bach (left) with three of his sons. Artist unknown.
Performance Today®

A lesser-known Bach

Over the span of two centuries, the Bach family produced more than 50 musicians and composers. On Friday's Performance Today, we have music by Bach -- but not the guy who immediately comes to mind when you hear that name. We'll travel to Denmark to hear an overture by Johann Bernhard Bach, Johann Sebastian Bach's lesser-known second cousin.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Joseph Haydn: Quartet No. 27 in D Major, Op. 20: 4. Presto
Mendelssohn String Quartet
MPR 203

Pierre Attaingnant: Six Dances
VIDA Guitar Quartet: Chris Stell, Mark Eden, Amanda Cook, Mark Ashford, guitars
Spivey Hall, Morrow, GA

Johann Bernhard Bach: Overture in G minor, for violin, strings and basso continuo
Fredrik From, violin; Concerto Copenhagen; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, conductor
Garrison Church, Copenhagen, Denmark

Joseph Haydn: Symphony No. 95 in c minor, Hob.I:95
New York Philharmonic; Xian Zhang, conductor
Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, New York, NY

Hour 2

Robert Burns: Ae Fond Kiss
Nicola Benedetti, violin; BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra; Rory Macdonald, conductor
Homecoming: A Scottish Fantasy
London/Decca 21290

Arlene Sierra: Butterflies Remember a Mountain
Benedetti Elschenbroich Grynyuk Trio: Nicola Benedetti, violin; Nelson Elschenbroich, cello; Alexei Grynyuk, piano
BBC Proms, Cadogan Hall, London, England

Jean-Phillippe Rameau: Suite from Pygmalion
Tempesta di Mare; Gwyn Roberts and Richard Stone, directors
Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, PA

Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov: Orchestral music from 'Legend of the Invisible City of Kitezh'
St. Petersburg Philharmonic Orchestra; Yuri Temirkanov, conductor
BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London, England

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