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Compact Discoveries 161: Swingling Bach

From: Fred Flaxman
Series: Compact Discoveries
Length: 57:56

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The Swingle Singers do Bach -- alternating with Bach's originals.

Cdslogo2inch_small Selections include some of Bach's greatest hits: the Little Organ Fugue, the Chorale from Cantata No. 140, the first movement from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata BWV 208Badinerie from Suite No. 2, Air on a G String from Suite No. 3Blute nur  from St. Matthew Passion, and Et resurrexit from Bach’s B-Minor Mass.

In addition to the Swingle Singers, performers include Concentus musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Bach Festival Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth von Magnus conducted by Ton Koopman, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal with the Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard conducted by Jean-François Paillard, the English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, and the Ama Deus Ensemble conducted by Valentin Radu.

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Selections include some of Bach's greatest hits: the Little Organ Fugue, the Chorale from Cantata No. 140, the first movement from the Brandenburg Concerto No. 3, Sheep May Safely Graze from Cantata BWV 208Badinerie from Suite No. 2, Air on a G String from Suite No. 3Blute nur  from St. Matthew Passion, and Et resurrexit from Bach’s B-Minor Mass.

In addition to the Swingle Singers, performers include Concentus musicus Wien conducted by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, the Bach Festival Orchestra conducted by Yehudi Menuhin, the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra with mezzo-soprano Elizabeth von Magnus conducted by Ton Koopman, flutist Jean-Pierre Rampal with the Orchestre de Chambre Jean-François Paillard conducted by Jean-François Paillard, the English Baroque Soloists conducted by John Eliot Gardiner, and the Ama Deus Ensemble conducted by Valentin Radu.

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Compact Discoveries®
a series of one-hour radio programs produced, written, hosted, and edited by Fred Flaxman
©2009 by Fred Flaxman

Program 161
"Swingling Bach"

MUSIC: Bach: opening of Little Organ Fugue performed by The Swingle Singers [Virgin Classics 50999 966956 2 3, CD 2, track 20] [under the following]

Hello and welcome to Compact Discoveries. I’m your guide, Fred Flaxman.

This is the second hour that I’m going to devote to the music of the British-based, multi-national a capela group called The Swingle Singers. The first was devoted to the music of Mozart; this hour will be devoted to the music of Bach. Once again you’ll have eight singers — two each of sopranos, altos, tenors and bass baritones — covering between them the whole of the vocal and “instrumental” range. And, once again, I’ll go back and forth between the Swingle Singers’ unique interpretations of the comp...
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