The Bach Hour

Sundays 6-7am, Mondays midnight-2am

The virtually limitless well of music by J.S. Bach has always had a prominent place on radio airwaves in Boston. Whether it’s an iconic work like the Toccata and Fugue in D minor or a rarely heard but emotionally riveting church cantata, Bach’s music is a touchstone, returning listeners to a foundation on which so much subsequent music has been built.

Hear The Bach Hour each Sunday at 6am on 99.5 WCRB.

Philippe Herreweghe
Michiel Hendryckx

This week on "The Bach Hour," Harvard University's Christoph Wolff describes Bach's approach to transforming works by other composers, and Philippe Herreweghe conducts Collegium Vocale Gent in Bach's Cantata 12.

Alina Ibragimova
Eva Vermandel

Bach's music looks both to the concert hall and to the church, and this week on "The Bach Hour," hear a piece Bach originally wrote as a violin showpiece but later reworked for a religious setting.

Fugue in A-flat, BWV 862, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier - Onyx Brass

Cantata BWV 108 Es ist euch gut, dass ich hingehe (translation) - Robin Blaze, countertenor;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Dominik Wörner, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 - David Fray, piano

Matthew Halls
Stephen Page

On the program:

Preludes and Fugues from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier:  No. 10 in E minor, BWV 879, and No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 - Angela Hewitt, piano

Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 (translation) - Carolyn Sampson, soprano;  Iestyn Davies, countertenor;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Peter Harvey, bass;  Retrospect Ensemble, Matthew Halls, conductor

Tanya Gabrielian
courtesy of the artist

This week on The Bach Hour, pianist Tanya Gabrielian performs a unique transcription of a Bach violin sonata, created by a roundtable of great composers.

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