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John Butt and the Dunedin Consort | Photo: David Barbour John Butt and the Dunedin Consort | Photo: David Barbour

2019 Playlist #09

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This summer brings an opportunity to hear some of Bach's masterpieces in ten performances across Edinburgh's concert halls. Listen to some of those striking compositions in our new playlist.

Johann Sebastian Bach in 1748

Johann Sebastian Bach was a creative genius. Generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time, Bach is celebrated as a composer of the Baroque period and the creator of The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Brandenburg Concertos as well as numerous other towering masterpieces.

This year sees ten performances of Bach's key works across the programme; from two nights with Angela Hewitt performing his monumental Well-Tempered Clavier in the Usher Hall to three richly coloured and contrasting concerts in The Queen's Hall.

Hear the rare piano talents of Jeremy Denk for a programme of works including Bach, Ligeti, Liszt, Berg and Schumann on 19 August or watch the Dunedin Consort and harpsichordist John Butt bring The Queen's Hall series to a close with two of his larger-than-life secular cantatas on 24 August.

If you prefer your Bach in a more intimate setting, head to Scotland's oldest purpose-built concert hall, St Cecilia's Hall, for a concert series exploring the composer's complete keyboard concertos. Catch concerts one to five at the stunning concert hall over the 13 - 20 August before moving to The Queen's Hall for the spectacular conclusion of the six part series on 22 August.

Hear a few of these striking works in our playlist below.

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