Biscuits & Bach is a four-hour program hosted by Rachel Stewart and featuring music from the Renaissance to the Baroque and beyond. Rachel welcomes the occasional guest and shares a recipe or two. It's food for the soul and soul food on a Sunday morning.
December 1, 2013 Biscuits and Bach For the first Sunday of Advent, we break out the holiday music. This week we'll hear Durham, NC harpsichordist, Elaine Funaro's, Christmas Carols Past and Present album. Funaro is on a mission to make the harpsichord more relevant in these modern times, and this recording's interesting arrangements of traditional carols by modern composers using techniques old and new should find new fans for her instrument. Listen for other holiday selections including excerpts from Handel's Messiah, Bach's Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring and a Bach cantata for the first Sunday in the Advent season.
Italian vioinist and composer Andrea Zani wrote a set of cello concerti in 1734 for Viennese nobleman Rudolf Franz Erwein, Graf von Schonborn who was a fan of the cello. For three hundred years, these concerti have been hidden away in the Musical Library of the Counts of Schonborn-Wiesentheid, but now, because of the research by New Zealand doctoral student, Jill Ward, they have been rediscovered and recorded for the first time by cellist Martin Rummel and The Cologne Academy. We'll hear several selections this week.
And Rachel chats with Johnson and Wales Chef on Assignment, Peter Reinhart about holiday baking as we head into the holiday season.
November 17, 2013 Biscuits and Bach Pianist Andrew Rangell's 20-year-old recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations is considered among the best, but until recently, it was out of print. Steinway & Sons has come to the rescue with a reissue that packages together three of Rangell's Dorian label recordings from the 1990's, including the famed Goldbergs. We'll sample several tracks this week. And Rachel continues her conversation with Scott Allen Jarrett of the Oratorio Singers of Charlotte.
Anticipating the upcoming performance of Bach’s St. Matthew Passion by the Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers, Rachel talks with Charlotte Symphony Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor Scott Allen Jarrett about this masterpiece. Dr. Jarrett talks about why it is great and important and how Bach’s genius creates one of the most exquisite settings of the Passion story.
Event Information: The Bach Experience Part One: Tuesday, November 5, 2013 Part Two: Tuesday, November 12, 2013 Join Dr. Scott Allen Jarrett, Charlotte Symphony Director of Choruses and Assistant Conductor, for a personal guide to hearing Bach’s ‘Great Passion’ in preparation for the Charlotte Symphony and Oratorio Singers performances on November 22 and 23, 2013. Event and ticket information.
November 3, 2013 Biscuits & Bach The all-female ensemble, The Brook Street Band, has a brand new album of trio sonatas by their hero, George Frideric Handel. The group which takes its name from Handel's London residence, 25 Brook Street in Mayfair, has devoted numerous recordings and concerts to exploring Handel's repertoire. On this new Avie label recording they feature the Opus 2 set of trios which were not conceived as such by Handel but were published together. And of course, there's plenty of Bach to go around including an orchestral suite and a Brandenburg.
October 27, 2013 Biscuits and Bach American violinist Michelle Makarski and jazz/classical pianist Keith Jarrett have been duet partners for years and have explored a broad range of musical styles. Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord are works they have revisited many times, and they've recently recorded them for the ECM label. We feature the new tracks this week. And Rachel talks with food writer Debbie Moose about her book Buttermilk, A Savor the South Cookbook which explores an ingredient fundamental to southern cooking.
When Bach landed a job with Prince Leopold of Kothen in 1717, he found himself with considerable latitude to compose what he liked. Since the Prince was a Calvinist and didn't require much religious music, Bach produced many of his well-known secular works during this period including some violin concertos and sonatas. Dutch violinist Janine Jansen has a new recording of these concertos and sonatas which we feature this week. And Rachel talks with Elizabeth Landon, Principal Flute of the Charlotte Symphony, about her Bach solo in the upcoming KnightSounds Bachtoberfest concerts (October 25). How fast will she play her solo in the Badinerie? You'll have to listen to find out.
October 13, 2013 Biscuits & Bach American pianist Jeremy Denk is one of the more interesting musicians working today. Not only is he a talented musician, he writes expressively about music and life for publications such as The New Yorker. Denk, who was just named a MacArthur Fellow, has released a recording of Bach's Goldberg Variations that's destined to join the ranks of great Goldberg recordings. We'll hear it hot of the presses this week.
September 29, 2013 Biscuits & Bach We know from contemporary accounts and his obituary that Bach was considered the greatest keyboardist of his day.(Even then, some maintained he was the greatest of all time.) Canadian harpsichordist, Hank Knox, has a new recording that surveys Bach keyboard works from his early to late periods. We enjoy great performances by Knox, who is well known for his work with early music ensembles such as Arion and Tafelmusik. And Rachel talks with chef Dano Holcomb about his Root Down Food Truck, where you can find a unique twist on Southern comfort food such as a pulled pork and pimiento cheese sandwich and a collard salad.
September 22, 2013 Biscuits & Bach This week's featured music comes with some controversy. Mystery surrounds Handel's 12 Solo Sonatas, Op. 1. They were published twice in somewhat different versions ostensibly by different publishers from different countries in different decades. But, musicologists today suspect the second publisher, John Walsh of London, was also responsible for the first publication. He used another non-British publisher's name to circumvent Handel's rights as sole publisher of his own music in England, a privalege granted by the monarchy. Strangely, Walsh became Handel's legitimate publisher eventually in spite of the scam and laughed all the way to the bank. Regardless, the sonatas are wonderful, mature pieces expertly played this week by members of the Academy of Ancient Music. And Rachel chats with Charlotte Observer Food Editor Kathleen Purvis about the iconic southern liquor, bourbon. Kathleen promises a bourbon breakfast recipe that's great for weekends.
September 15, 2013 Biscuits & Bach When most of us get a promotion, we go out to dinner or crack open a bottle of champagne. When Samuel Scheidt was appointed court Kapellmeister of the Archbishopric of Magdeburg in Halle in 1620, he wrote a collection of celebratory pieces called Ludi Musici. This week we sample pieces in the collection as recorded by Les Sacqueboutiers, an ensemble from Toulouse, France that specializes in early brass instruments. And Rachel talks with guitarist Jason Vieaux about his Artistworks virtual guitar school which is creating new educational opportunities for aspiring and talented guitarists no matter their location.
September 8, 2013 Biscuits and Bach The great baroque composers Bach, Handel and Vivaldi star in Ama Deus Ensemble's recording, Baroque Masterworks, -- along with the fabulous organ of Arch Street United Methodist Church in Philadelphia built by John Standbridge. This week we'll sample a variety of tracks on this Lyrichord CD. And WDAV's Frank Dominguez talks grits and Korean breakfast with Christ Episcopal Church Director of Music, Rob Ridgell and organist Dongho Lee.