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From the Archives - Perspectives on Bach's Passacaglia and Fugue in C

Johann Sebastian Bach wrote the <em>St. Matthew Passion</em> in 1727 for solo voices, double choir and double orchestra.
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Explore different interpretations of a work by J.S. Bach.

In this new periodic series, explore different perspectives on a great musical work. This time it’s Bach’s miraculous Passacaglia and Fugue in C BWV 582. We have four different versions, each revealing new insights into the music.

Compositions and Recordings

Passacaglia and Fugue in C
by J.S. Bach
Peter Hurford

Passacaglia and Fugue in C (arr. Donald Hunsberger)
by J.S. Bach
Frederick Fennell and the United States Marine Band

Passacaglia and Fugue in C (arr. Igor Zhukov)
by J.S. Bach
Igor Zhukov

Passacaglia and Fugue in C (arr. Rene Leibowitz)
by J.S. Bach
Rene Leibowitz and the Royal Philharmonic

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