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BBC Radio 3 celebrate Christmas with 10 days of pure Bach

BBC Radio 3 celebrate Christmas with 10 days of pure Bach

BBC Radio 3’s A Bach Christmas is running from 16th December to 25th Christmas 2005 in celebration of the life and work of Johann Sebastian Bach. During this time the radio station is continuously broadcast music by J.S. Bach and, by the end of the 10 days, will have played the composer's entire surviving body of work, performed by some of the world's greatest musicians including specially recorded performances by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, Angela Hewitt, Philippe Herreweghe and Ton Koopman. Recordings from the Warner Classics catalogue to be played include recordings of Cantatas by Fritz Werner , Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt and keyboard works by Daniel Barenboim and Marie-Claire Alain. The Rt Revd Rowan Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury, Terry Waite, Andrew Motion, Wynton Marsalis, Elvis Costello, Baroness Julia Neuberger, Nitin Sawhney, Andrew Marr, Simon Russell Beale, Alan Rusbridger, Steve Reich, Nicholas Hytner, Jacques Loussier, Anthony Minghella, Alain de Botton, Christopher Frayling, Professor Steve Jones, Armando Iannucci, William Orbit, Guy Chambers and Ian McEwan are among the many voices who will share their personal reflections on Bach and his music. There will be legendary historic recordings and modern day classic interpretations as well as a series of BBC chamber concerts from across the country given by leading interpreters of Bach's music from Britain, France, Germany, Holland, Ireland, Italy and Russia. Musicians who will guide listeners through Bach's works include Emma Kirkby, Sigiswald Kuijken, Gustav Leonhardt, Andreas Scholl, Gillian Weir, Andrew Manze, András Schiff, Christopher Hogwood, Masaaki Suzuki, Sir Roger Norrington, Daniel Barenboim, Joanna McGregor and Ian Bostridge. They are joined by regular Radio 3 presenters including Sandy Burnett, Catherine Bott, Lucie Skeaping, Sean Rafferty, Petroc Trelawny and Rob Cowan. BBC Television will join in the celebration of Bach in the lead-up to Christmas with Bach's Christmas Oratorio on BBC Four, performed by Sir John Eliot Gardiner, the Monteverdi Choir and the English Baroque Soloists. More information can be found at www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/bach