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.

courtesy of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation

Chris Thile talks with host Brian McCreath about playing Bach's music on the mandolin and his recording of solo violin sonatas and partitas.

Hear the extended interview

On the program:

Two-Part Inventions Nos. 8 in F, BWV 779, 11 in G minor, BWV 782, & 10 in G, BWV 781 -

Till Fellner, piano

Cantata BWV 49 Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen (translation) -

Caroline Weynants, soprano; Lieven Termont, bass; Il Gardelino, Marcel Ponseele, director

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double - Chris Thile, mandolin

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Chris Thile, mandolin

Bach Collegium Japan
courtesy of the artist

Aria and Menuet from French Suite No. 2 in C minor, BWV 813 (trans. Frederick Neumann) - Renaud Capuçon, violin; Gautier Capuçon, cello

Cantata BWV 139, Wohl dem, der sich auf seinen Gott (translation) - Yukari Nonoshita, soprano;  Robin Blaze, counter-tenor;  Makoto Sakurada, tenor;  Peter Kooij, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Violin Concerto in A minor, BWV 1041 - Renaud Capuçon, violin; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552 St. Anne (arr. Schoenberg) - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, conductor

Stephan Schmidt
courtesy of the artist

On the program:

Trio Sonata in G minor, BWV 1030 (after the Flute Sonata in B minor) - Rare Fruits Council

Cantata BWV 115 Mache dich, mein Geist, bereit (translation) - Barbara Schlick, soprano;  Andreas Scholl, alto;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Concerto Vocale of Leipzig and Baroque Ensemble of Limoges, Christoph Coin, director

Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro, BWV 998 - Stephan Schmidt, ten-string guitar

Richards & Fowkes

On the program:

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (attr. Martin Luther) - Robert MacDonald, bass

Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir, after BWV 686 - His Majesty's Sagbutts and Cornetts, Timothy Roberts, director

Cantata BWV 38 Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir (translation) - Deborah York, soprano;  Franziska Gottwald, alto;  Paul Agnew, tenor;  Klaus Mertens, bass;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 - Craig Smith, piano

Fantasy and Fugue in C minor, BWV 537 - Balint Karosi, organ (Richards & Fowkes organ at First Lutheran Church of Boston)