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Biscuits and Bach
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Rachel StewartBiscuits & 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.

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July 20, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

CD Bach Flute SonataThe fortepiano was invented near the end of Bach’s life, and the great composer was invited to play one of the new  instruments at the Court of Frederick the Great. Scholars believe one of Bach’s flute sonatas was written with the fortepiano in mind, and using that as a starting point, flutist Susan Rotholtz and keyboard master Kenneth Cooper recorded an album in 2002 of Bach flute sonatas using a fortepiano. It’s our featured disc this week. 

And Frank Dominguez talks with Susan and Steve Talley who are the organist and music ministry director respectively of Covenant Presbyterian Church in Charlotte. They discuss what it’s like to be a church musician and how that impacts the first meal of the day.

Purchase Featured CD: Bach: Sonatas For Flute And Fortepiano, Etc /Rotholz, Cooper

Program Audio: Biscuit Chat: Susan and Steve Talley

July 13, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

CD Trumpet VoluntaryIn Bach’s time and before organs were used in both sacred and secular settings much more than today. This week we feature a 1992 release on Decca’s old sub-label, Argo, called Trumpet Voluntary – Music for Organ and Brass which boasts familiar and not so familiar baroque pieces arranged for brass and organ. These types of arrangements were ubiquitous in the 17th and 18th centuries. Peter Hurford, who at 83 is still considered one of the world’s top organists, plays the organ of Ratzeburg Cathedral, Germany, and he teams up with The Michael Laird Brass Ensemble for performances that are sure to please the ear.

Joining Rachel to talk about food this week is Brian Sonoskus, Executive Chef at Tupelo Honey Café. The restaurant has a new cookbook out that celebrates food traditions of the mountain south. Ramps anyone?

Cookbook Details: Tupelo Honey Café: New Southern Flavors from the Blue Ridge Mountains

Purchase Featured CD: Trumpet Voluntary - Music For Organ And Brass / Hurford

Program audio: Biscuit Chat: Brian Sonoskus

July 6, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

CD FarinelliThe closest thing to a music superstar in the early 18th century was Carlo Broschi, better known as Farinelli, the Italian castrato who eventually settled in Madrid and became Spain's leading music impresario and court musician to the kings of Spain. Farinelli put Spain on the map musically and gave gifted Italian, German and Spanish composers a new stage for their music. He also introduced Spanish musicians to the rest of Europe.

Spanish conductor, Pablo Heras-Casado has assembled a collection of works associated with Farinelli on the new Arkiv Produktion album called, El Maestro - Farinelli, which he performs with Concerto Cologne. We'll sample several tracks this week including a composition by Farinelli's mentor, Nicola Porpora.

Purchase featured album: El Maestro Farinelli / Pablo Heras-Casado

June 29, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

PurcellThis week on Biscuits and Bach, we feature "A Purcell Collection," a new album from the British vocal ensemble VOCES8 and the instrumental ensemble, Les Inventions

The album is comprised of selections from both the sacred and theatrical output of Henry Purcell. A veritable stroll through the world of one of England’s greatest composers.

June 22, 2014
Biscuits and Bach
Biscuits and Bach-Cd-itialian-voyageJohann Sebastian Bach made a point of studying the Italian high baroque masters and adopted certain elements of their style. Composers like Vivaldi, Torelli and Corelli all had an influence on him. This week's featured album, "The Italian Voyage," sandwiches the music of these composers and more between two Bach arias which show his love of the Italians and their music.

And in keeping with the Italian theme, Rachel talks with Anne Akiko Meyers about her latest recording of Vivaldi's "Four Seasons." It's her first recording with her recently acquired Vieuxtemps Guarneri del Jesu violin.

Purchase Featured CD: The Italian Voyage/ Maryland Bach Aria Group
Program Audio: Biscuit Chat with Anne Akiko Meyers
June 15, 2014
Biscuits and Bach
CD BoyceEnglish composer William Boyce was a younger contemporary of Handel who reached his greatest professional success when he became the Master of the King's Music in 1755. He's remembered for church music and his forward looking Eight Symphonies, Op. 2. This week we feature the 2005 recording of these symphonies by Toronto's Aradia Ensemble led by Kevin Mallon.

And we conclude our three part conversation about North Carolina barbecue with Bob Garner who explains this special food's cultural significance in our state.

Purchase Featured CD: Boyce: Eight Symphonies, Op 2 / Mallon, Aradia Ensemble

Bob Garner's Book: 
Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue: North Carolina's Favorite Food


June 8, 2014
Biscuits and Bach
CD AmorosiIn the 16th century, four Flemish composers made their mark on the Habsburg Court. Some of their work even anticipated the madrigals of Monteverdi. The vocal ensemble Cinquecento brings their beautiful songs to life on the new album, "Amorosi pensieri, Songs for the Habsburg Court." We'll hear a number of tracks from the album and continue our conversation with Bob Garner about North Carolina barbecue.

Purchase Featured CD: Amorosi Pensieri / Cinquecento

Bob Garner's Book of Barbecue: North Carolina's Favorite Food



June 1, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

CD Andre Trumpet and OrganThis week we enjoy the artistry of one of the 20th century's great musicians, the late legendary trumpeter Maurice André. We'll sample his album "Trumpet and Organ" which was released in 1978 and has seen a couple of CD reissues since then.

And Rachel has the first in a series of conversations with writer and barbecue expert Bob Garner. They'll talk about the origins of North Carolina barbecue traditions and the regional differences in the way it's prepared. Learn why barbecue is arguably North Carolina's favorite food.

Purchase Featured CD: Trumpet & Organ / Maurice André, Jane Parker-Smith


Program Audio: Biscuit Chat with Bob Garner
May 25, 2014
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CD Bach Organ ConcertosThe featured album is a set of Bach Organ Concertos reconstructed from Sinfonia pieces from various Bach cantatas and other works. The late Richard Hickox leads the Northern Sinfonia and organist Peter Hurford plays the organ in the Sir Jack Lyons Concert Hall, University of York.

Purchase Featured CD: Bach: Organ Concertos / Hurford, Hickox, Northern Sinfonia

May 18, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

CD Vivaldi Bassoon Nadina Mackie JacksonNext to his enormous violin output, Vivaldi wrote more concertos for bassoon than any other instrument, 39 in all. About 14% of all the music Vivaldi wrote is for bassoon. Who knew? One thing we still don’t know, however, is why he wrote so many bassoon concerti and for whom? Canada’s leading bassoonist, Nadina Mackie Jackson, is on a mission to record all of these works and has already released volume one of what promises to be a series of albums of Vivaldi’s bassoon concerti. We feature this first disk this week.

And Rachel talks with Matt Alexander of the Home Grown Crepe Food Truck about the food truck business and why he chose to make crepes out of a truck.

Purchase Featured CD: Vivaldi: Bassoon Concerti / Nadina Mackie Jackson

May 11, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

Verso Venezia album cover; contains music from 17th century Venice by three composers, Giovanni Legrenzi, Dario Castello and Tarquinio MerulaThis week we explore the contributions early 17th century Venetian composers made to the sonata form with a new album from the French Canadian quartet, Pallade Musica, called Verso Venezia. The composers featured on the recording, Giovanni Legrenzi, Dario Castello and Tarquinio Merula laid important groundwork for subsequent composers like Corelli, Vivaldi and Bach. And for Mother's Day, Rachel talks with Bach scholar, Dr. Raymond Erickson, about Bach's wives and family.

Purchase Featured CD: Verso Venezia featuring composers Giovanni Legrenzi, Dario Castello and Tarquinio Merula

Related Works: The Worlds of Johann Sebastian Bach by Raymond Erickson

Program Audio: Biscuit Chat: Raymond Erickson

May 4, 2014
Biscuits and Bach

CD Bach PuyanaThis week we explore the sound of a unique instrument from Bach’s time, the three-manual harpsichord built in 1740 in Hamburg by Hieronymus Hass. It’s recent history is interesting in that the legendary Wanda Landowska came across the instrument around 1900 lost track of it in the ensuing tumult of two world wars and difficult times in Europe. Her dream of restoring the Hass harpsichord was realized by her pupil Rafael Puyana whose 3-cd hard-cover book set of the keyboard Partitas of JS Bach played on this special instrument is our featured album this week. And Rachel chats with Stephen Darlington, director of the Christ Church Cathedral Choir, and one of the choristers in the choir about the adventures of their recent Amercian tour.

Purchase Featured CD: Bach: Six Partitas from the Clavier-Ubung I 


Program Audio: Biscuit Chat with Stephen Darlington


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