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The revelatory experience of hearing Bach’s Brandenburg Concertos

In my college years, I pored over the music of J.S. Bach. My freshman harmony course consisted of disassembling and…

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Nicholas Kraemer on his approach to the Brandenburg Concertos

Conductor Nicholas Kraemer, who will lead the Chicago Symphony Orchestra in a program of all six Brandenburg Concertos, discusses his…

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Jan Swafford’s ‘Beethoven’ searches for the man behind the myth

After writing well-received biographies of Charles Ives and Johannes Brahms, Jan Swafford took on the challenge more than a decade…

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The unsung hero behind Mozart’s Requiem, Franz Xaver Süssmayr

Let us now praise obscure men. Those who perform thankless tasks, those who pick up where others have left off,…

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Period-music maestro Nicholas Kraemer promotes ‘Bach with a smile’

Unlike some conductors who lock onto their career paths as children, Nicholas Kraemer never imagined himself in that role when…

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Pierre-Laurent Aimard talks Bach and more

French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard, whose latest disc is “The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I” on Deutsche Grammophon, discusses his approach to…

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Why J.S. Bach is the godfather of classical music

The BBC makes a compelling case for why Johann Sebastian Bach, almost 300 years after his death, remains the godfather…

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Vasily Petrenko makes a case for Rachimanov’s unsung ‘Symphonic Dances’

For his return to the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, rising young conductor Vasily Petrenko will lead a program that includes works…

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Eric Owens makes himself at home in Chicago

Eric Owens, a Philadelphia native, has a thriving career takes him all over the world. But luckily for Chicago’s classical…