From the Library: A Bach Festival

Today’s pro­gramme is ded­i­cat­ed pri­mar­i­ly to the work of Johann Sebas­t­ian Bach (1685–1750), although we will be hear­ing in addi­tion from some of his con­tem­po­raries and near-con­tem­po­raries dur­ing the course of the day.

Lis­ten­ers today may find it strange to learn that dur­ing his life­time Bach was thought some­what old-fash­ioned and behind the times, as oth­er com­posers adopt­ed more dec­o­rat­ed roco­co styles. Today, of course, it’s a dif­fer­ent mat­ter and there is a vast library of record­ings of his work avail­able, a selec­tion of which we will hear dur­ing the pro­gramme.

In addi­tion to a wide selec­tion of record­ings of Bach’s music per­formed as he might have intend­ed, we’ve also includ­ed some mod­ern inter­pre­ta­tions today, from the elec­tron­ic real­i­sa­tions of Wendy Car­los to a few jazz-influ­enced per­for­mances for your delec­ta­tion and plea­sure.

Today’s pro­gramme is pre­sent­ed by Elrik Mer­lin and pro­duced by Radio Riel in asso­ci­a­tion with the Alexan­dri­an Free Library Con­sor­tium of Sec­ond Life. You can lis­ten to the pro­gram now at

For more infor­ma­tion on the Alexan­dri­an Free Library, cur­rent exhibits and the work of Con­sor­tium mem­bers in gen­er­al, please vis­it the Alexan­dri­an Free Library web­site, or one of their branch­es in-world.

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