Decades ago, many musicians played Bach, Beethoven, and Brahms all the same way. Now we know that music of every era requires special techniques to bring out its best qualities.

I spoke with conductor and musician Masaaki Suzuki, one of the world’s leading interpreters of Bach, about how musicians can improve their Bach.

Suzuki has recorded the complete Bach cantatas with his chorus and ensemble, Bach Collegium Japan, with which he is currently on tour across North America.

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