Bach’s Chaconne

On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind.

Johannes Brahms

Air on the G string

Air was composed as part of the third overture, BWV 1068, around 1730. It can’t be described, but only listened. It is masterfully executed here by the Voices of Music on period instruments.


Goldberg Variations

Goldberg variations is one of the very few pieces that JS Bach published (1741) in his lifetime. It was composed for a two-manual harpsichord. It’s beautifully performed here by Helmuth Walcha, a Bach scholar and legend.