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.
The story of the Virgin of Guadalupe has been inspiring the faithful since 1531 when legend has it the Virgin revealed herself to Saint Juan Diego on Mount Tepeyac in Mexico. It has played a part in evangelism in the Americas ever since. In 1764, Italian-born composer Ignacio de Jerusalem who was chapel master of Mexico City Cathedral composed his Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe. This incredible music was unheard for nearly 200 years until recorded by Chanticleer in 1997. This week we feature selections from their 1998 album, Matins for the Virgin of Guadalupe.
And Rachel chats with cellist Alisa Weilerstein about her new Dvorak album, Bach's importance to her as a musician, and instruments made from cereal boxes.
Bach wrote his Inventions and Sinfonias in 1723 as a musical guide for keyboard players, and they remain a core part of the piano repertoire. The Inventions are the first keyboard pieces by Bach pianist Simone Dinnerstein remembers hearing, and at first, she confesses she never thought she'd be able to master them. But master them she has, and her latest release on Sony Classical, J.S. Bach's Inventions & Sinfonias, features these beloved works.
Dinnerstein herself joins us to talk about the recording and the importance of Bach to her as a musician. And if you’ve ever wondered what exactly counterpoint is, she explains it in plain English.
This week hear music that Louis XIV heard when we feature Florilegium’s latest release on the Channel Classics label, Couperin and Rebel, which explores selections written by two of France’s most important baroque composers. Both worked in the Court of Versailles and gained fame throughout Europe.
We’ll also talk with food writer Kathleen Purvis about her latest book Bourbon, A Savor the South Cookbook. Purvis will enlighten us about how bourbon is made and share some surprising recipes for this iconic Southern liquor.
If you’re of a certain age, when you hear “Bohemian music,” the word “rhapsody” probably comes to mind (and perhaps even images of men wearing Spandex). But before there was a “Bohemian Rhapsody,” there was the Bohemian violin virtuoso-cum-composer. This week we feature a brand new album from the Czech label, Supraphon, entitled Il Violino Boemo – Music from 18th-Century Prague which features violin sonatas by little-known 18th century Bohemian composers who were also excellent violinists.
And Rachel talks with Barbara Krumdieck, Artistic Director of Music at St. Alban’s in Davidson, about their concerts to celebrate the 300th birth anniversary of CPE Bach which they are giving in partnership with Music at St. Peter’s in Charlotte. According to Barbara, CPE is not quite a chip off the old block.
Bach's collection of 48 preludes and fugues known as The Well-Tempered Clavier is one of the most influential works in music history. Intended to illuminate the pursuits of "musical youth desirous of learning," it was studied closely by Haydn and Mozart as well as later composers. The paired preludes and fugues encompass a wide range of styles, and every key is represented making it an excellent "text book." London-based South African pianist Daniel-Ben Pienaar has recently released a recording of both books of The Well-Tempered Clavier which is our featured recording this week. As you listen, you can compare selections from Book I and Book II which were written 20 years apart.
January 26, 2014 Biscuits and Bach On her newly released album, Russian-born American pianist, Julia Zilberquit, helps connect the dots between the early Italian concerto form which crystalized in Vivaldi’s compositions and the sublime heights reached by Bach’s solo keyboard concertos. We’ll hear selections from J.S. Bach: Complete Solo Keyboard Concertos from Warner Classics.
And Rachel talks to Charlotte dancer/choreographer Juliana Tilbury of Plexus Dance about her surprising choreography of music by Bach. Spoiler alert: It’s not ballet.
Telemann did not naturally gravitate to the Italian concerto form popular in the baroque era. French style overture-suites were his bread and butter. But Telemann was nothing if not prolific and enterprising, and he managed to produce a number of concerti over time, several of which are featured on the new album by Rebel called Double Concerti for Winds & Strings, this week's featured recording.
And Rachel talks with North Carolina food writer Belinda Ellis about her new cookbook, Biscuits, which is part of the Savor the South Series from the University of North Carolina Press. Find out what Belinda considers to be the most common mistake among novice biscuit makers.
Bach wrote his Inventions and Sinfonias in 1723 as a musical guide for keyboard players, and they remain a core part of the piano repertoire. The Inventions are the first keyboard pieces by Bach pianist Simone Dinnerstein remembers hearing, and at first, she confesses she never thought she'd be able to master them. But master them she has, and on January 21st, Sony Classical releases Dinnerstein's latest album featuring these beloved works, J.S. Bach's Inventions & Sinfonias. We sample WDAV's preview copy this week.
And Rachel talks with David Tang of VOX about Piedmont Baroque Consortium's world premiere performance of Antonio Lotti's Gloria in C Number One, a work that has been rediscovered after 300 years.
During the baroque period, the trumpet was a favored instrument in Northern Italy with sontas and concertos for one or multiple trumpets frequently featured at court and in church. American trumpeter Edward Carroll explores the rich repertoire of the era on his recording, The Italian Trumpet, including compositions by Monteverdi, Torelli and others. And Rachel talks with Dr. Tom Hanchett, Staff Historian at the Levine Museum of the New South, about New Year's traditions in the Carolinas, both old and new. Why do we eat black eyed peas? Who are the Cherryville New Years Shooters and what the heck do they do? Listen and find out!
The annual Baroque for Christmas edition of Biscuits and Bach returns and celebrates Christmas and Advent with some of the greatest music for the season. You'll hear Bach's Cantatas, Christmas Oratorio and Magnificat as well as baroque Christmas symphonies and Renaissance carols.
WDAV staffers Frank Dominguez, Theresa Woody and Myelita Melton share favorite Christmas memories and favorite recipes for the season. You won't want to miss Frank's Cuban feast, Myelita's Aunt Martha's red velvet cake, or Theresa's memories of going up the mountain to see Grandma and the cousins.
Bonus: Christmas Recipes Myelita Melton shares family recipes for "Aunt Carrie's Christmas Fudge" and "Aunt Martha's Red Velvet Cake"
December 15, 2013 Biscuits and Bach Hear the Christmas story as told by the medieval English carols found on the album, The Cherry Tree (Songs, Carols & Ballads for Christmas), by Anonymous 4. The foursome's pristine vocals and perfect harmonies transport you to another time and place. Also Rachel talks with David Tang, music director of VOX, a vocal ensemble in Charlotte, about baroque Christmas music. Find out why pastoral themes are so prevalent and how Bach intended his Christmas cantatas to be heard.
Favorite carols and Christmas pieces are sung by a favorite vocal ensemble, Chanticleer, this week when we feature their A Chanticleer Christmas album from 2010. Nearly 500 years of music inspired by the nativity is represented on this disk, and we'll focus on selections from the middle ages through the baroque. And Rachel chats with pianist and radio host Christopher O'Riley about his show, From the Top, which features teenage classical musicians. They also talk about his recent diet to get ready for a tropical vacation. You'll never guess what he's been eating. Listen and find out.