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Bach's magical funhouse

Hilary HahnPhoto: Dana Van Leeuwen

July 28, 2021

Violinist Hilary Hahn says that music by Bach is like a magical fun house...he takes you in one particular direction, but when you arrive, you're not where you thought you would be. On today's show, Hilary Hahn ushers us into the magical fun house that is the Violin Concerto in E Major, by Johann Sebastian Bach.

Episode Playlist

Hour 1

Ludwig van Beethoven: Violin Sonata No. 3 Op. 12 No. 3 Movement 3 Rondo
Anne-Sophie Mutter, violin; Lambert Orkis, piano
Album: Beethoven: The Violin Sonatas
DG 457619

Li Huanzhi: Spring Festival Overture
Los Angeles Philharmonic; Elim Chan, conductor
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Zheng Lu: Good News from Beijing
Los Angeles Philharmonic; Elim Chan, conductor
Walt Disney Concert Hall, Los Angeles, CA

Piano Puzzler
This week's contestant is Beth Everett from Scottsbluff, NE

Ludwig van Beethoven: Piano Trio in C minor, Op. 1, No. 3
Boston Trio
Henry Morrison Flagler Museum, West Room, Palm Beach, FL

Hour 2

Mel Bonis: Suite in the Ancient Style: Choral
Tatjana Ruhland, flute; Florian Wiek, piano; Gesa Jenne-Donneweg, violin; Ingrid Philippi, viola
Album: Mel Bonis: Chamber Music with Flute
SWR 93204

Andrea Clearfield: Rhapsodie for Flute, Harp, and String Trio
Mimi Stillman, flute; Bridget Kibbey, harp; Amy Oshiro-Morales, violin; Kerri Ryan, viola; Gabriel Cabezas, cello
Dolce Suono Ensemble, Trinity Center for Urban Life, Philadelphia, PA

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Concerto in E major BWV 1042
Hilary Hahn, violin; Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra; Gemma New, conductor
Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Royce Hall, Westwood, CA

Mel Bonis: Suite Orientale
Sylvan Trio
First Congregational Church of Webster Groves, First Congregational Church, Webster Groves, MO