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Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo

The Capriccio on the departure of a beloved brother (Italian: Capriccio sopra la lontananza del suo fratello dilettissimo), BWV 992, is an early work by Johann Sebastian Bach, possibly modeled on the Biblical Sonatas of Johann Kuhnau. The story that Bach performed it at age nineteen when his brother Johann Jacob left to become an oboist in the army of Charles XII in Sweden is questionable. But the chosen tonality of B-flat major seems to be a deliberate reference to the family's name ("B" in German is B-flat in English).

  1. Arioso: Adagio – 'Friends Gather & Try to Dissuade Him from departing'
  2. (Andante) – 'They Picture the Dangers Which May Befall Him'
  3. Adagiosissimo (or Adagissimo) – 'The Friends' Lament'
  4. (Andante con moto) – 'Since He Cannot Be Dissuaded, They Say Farewell'
  5. Allegro pocco – 'Aria of the Postilion' (Aria di postiglione)
  6. 'Fugue in Imitation of the Postilion's Horn' (Fuga all'imitazione della cornetta di postiglione)

BWV 582

Johann Sebastian Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor BWV 582 played by ECHO Rising Star 19/20 accordionist João Barradas, Lisboa, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian.
Mixed and Mastered by Sérgio Milhano at PontoZurca Recording Studios, Almada, Portugal
Video Director, Recording and Editing: Marianne Harlé
Video Recording and Color Grading: Diogo Almeida
Inner Circle Music / Nischo Records

Dansons la Chaconne

In 1942, acclaimed American dancer / choreographer José Limón created a new piece set to J.S. Bach’s Chaconne from the Partita No. 2 in D Minor for solo violin. Now an integral part of the repertory of his namesake company, earlier this year the ensemble teamed up with WQXR and violinist Johnny Gandelsman for this gorgeous video, shot in the Limón Dance Company’s Harlem rehearsal space.

Quarto Brandeburguês

Johann Sebastian Bach - Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G major, BWV 1049

Ensemble Concerto Köln (led by violinist Evgeny Sviridov), recorder players Cordula Breuer and Wolfgang Dey and harpsichord player Wiebke Weidans perform the 'Brandenburg Concerto No. 4' by Johann Sebastian Bach in Het Concertbouw in Amsterdam.


The musicians: Concerto Köln / Evgeny Sviridov [violin and musical guidance] / Cordula Breuer [recorder] / Wolfgang Dey [recorder] / Wiebke Weidans [harpsichord]

Recording: Sunday the 21th of April 2019, live in Het Concertgebouw Amsterdam. This concert is part of Het Zondagochtend Concert (The Sunday Morning Concert), a concertseries by Dutch broadcasters AVROTROS and NPO Radio 4.

Es ist vollbracht

Aria from J. S. Bach's St. John Passion BWV 245 - "Es ist vollbracht" ("It is accomplished") - featuring boy alto Panito Iconomou, soloist of Tölzer Knabenchor, and viola da gamba soloist Christophe Coin.  An inspired, historically informed performance.


alto soloist: Panito Iconomou

viola da gamba soloist: Christophe Coin

Evangelist: Kurt Equiluz

Jesus: Robert Holl

instrumental ensemble: Concentus Musicus Wien

conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt

Tölzer Knabenchor director: Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden

Dom in Graz, Austria, ORF, 1985



...Da nun Jesus den Essig genommen hatte, sprach er:


Es ist vollbracht.

ARIE (alt)

Es ist vollbracht,

o Trost vor die gekränkten Seelen,

die Trauernacht

läßt nun die letzte Stunde zählen,

der Held aus Juda siegt mit Macht

und schließt den Kampf.

es ist vollbracht.

Aria mit 30 Veränderungen

The legend surrounding the 'Goldberg Variations', performed here by Jean Rondeau for All of Bach, is such a nice one. Count Hermann Karl von Keyserlinck was having trouble sleeping and asked Bach for some pleasant music to pass the time, to be played by Keyserlinck’s harpsichord prodigy Johann Gottlieb Goldberg.

Recorded for the project All of Bach on June 6th 2017 at the Concertgebouw, Bruges. If you want to help us complete All of Bach, please subscribe to our channel or consider donating

BWV 1004

Live recording from Saint John's Smith Square, London (1978)
Itzhak Perlman - violin


Johann Sebastian Bach - Partita in D Minor, BWV 1004

1:03 Allemande
4:34 Courante
6:36 Sarabande
11:00 Gigue
13:50 Chaconne


Click here for the whole film "I know I played every note":

Christopher Nupen about the performance: 

"A memorable performance of the Bach partita, shot live at a public concert in London which helped us to learn that there is almost always a depth to live performance on film that is frequently missing from studio performances. [...] The partita in D minor partita BWV 1004 includes the great chaconne, one of the towering masterpieces of Western music."

An Allegro Film by Christopher Nupen