Cape Symphony presents Bach and Forth in November 2019

Listening Links for “Bach and Forth”

On November 2 and 3, the Cape Symphony is putting on a mini-Bach festival! With Bach and Forth, we’re celebrating the towering Baroque composer with pieces by Bach in the first half of the show, and pieces that others arranged or wrote in homage to him in the second half.

Our Artistic Director & Conductor Jung-Ho Pak selected these links especially for you. Enjoy!

This first video features the one-and-only Yo-Yo Ma performing the "Prelude from Bach’s Cello Suite No. 1." The Cape Symphony’s principal cellist, Jacques Lee Wood, will perform this unaccompanied piece to open the show. Expect to be riveted!

One of the 20th century’s most celebrated conductors, Leopold Stokowski, often made his own arrangements of the great composers’ works, including Bach’s. This is his version of Bach’s “Toccata and Fugue in D minor,” performed with the Swedish Radio Symphony Orchestra. In 1939, Stokowski famously conducted an animated orchestra in the Disney movie Fantasia, even shaking hands with Mickey Mouse. Here’s the Disney version of the “Toccata and Fugue.”

Listen to the Edinburgh singers perform Bach’s chorale “Jesu, Joy of Man’s Desiring.” Our choral guests for Bach and Forth will be Skylark, a GRAMMY-nominated vocal ensemble of amazing talent. Check out this video about Skylark.

Arthur Fiedler and the Boston Pops Orchestra performed Bach’s “Little Fugue in G minor,” and it’s on the album 100 Fielder Favorites, put together in 1994 to commemorate Fiedler’s centennial.

Bach’s “The Musical Offering” is a collection of music based on a musical theme that King Frederick the Great of Prussia gave to Bach as a bit of a challenge. The Cape Symphony will perform the “Ricercar” (a type of fugue) from “The Musical Offering,” here performed by the Frankfurt Radio Symphony Orchestra. Anton Webern created this arrangement that focuses on passing the melody from one instrument to another – it's the arrangement the Cape Symphony will perform.

In the 1930s, German composer Hugo Distler wrote “Ich wollt dass ich daheime wär (I wish that I were home),” here performed by the Discantus vocal ensemble from Budapest. Distler is well-known for this type of sacred choral music, inspired by Bach.

The Swingles were originally a group of French singers, founded by Ward Swingle in the 1960s. He arranged various choral music for the group, including this version of Bach’s Prelude No. 1 in C major from “The Well-Tempered Clavier,” (a collection of pieces Bach created to help students learn certain techniques and methods). Ward Swingle also arranged “All the Things You Are” by Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein in a similar style. Guest artists Skylark will bring us these delightful numbers.

Tickets are on sale now for Bach and Forth, November 2 and 3. Call 508.362.1111 or visit









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