Johann Sebastian Bach occupies a pivotal place in the history of music. His compositions represent both the height of the Baroque and the beginning of the Modern Age of music. Filmed in Leipzig, London and America this documentary, both fascinating and authoritative, features specially-filmed extracts with John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, performing the Mass in B minor, András Schiff playing the Goldberg Variations, Jacques Loussier improvising on the Toccata and Fugue in D minor as well as demonstrations by Ton Koopman, Tini Mathot, Joanna MacGregor and the Thomanerchor of Leipzig. Biographical and critical commentary is provided by leading Bach scholars, Christoph Wolff and Robert Marshall, while Charles Rosen and Jonathan Millerdiscuss Bach’s masterpiece the St Matthew Passion.
Music: Johann Sebastian Bach
Narrated by: Kenneth Branagh
The Monteverdi ChoirEnglish Baroque SolistsConducted by: John Eliot GardinerThe Thomanerchor of Leipzig
Keyboard: Ton Koopman & Tini MathotJacques Loussier, Joanna MacGregor
Contributors include:Andras Schiff • Joanna MacGregor • Ton Koopman • Charles Rosen • Jacques Loussier • John Eliot Gardiner • Jonathan Miller
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