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.

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The Dunedin Consort performs one of Bach's most popular and virtuosic works, and Masaaki Suzuki conducts the Cantata No. 186.

 

On the program:

Toccata in D, BWV 912 - Lise de la Salle, piano

Duetto in F, BWV 803 - Caterina Lichtenberg, mandolin; Mike Marshall, mandocello

Cantata BWV 170 Vergnügte Ruh', beliebte Seelenlust (translation) - Lorraine Hunt-Lieberson, mezzo-soprano; Peggy Pearson, oboe d'amore; Greenleaf Chamber Players

Duetto in E minor, BWV 802, and Duetto in G, BWV 804 - Caterina Lichtenberg, mandolin; Mike Marshall, mandocello

On the program:

Partita in C minor, BWV 997 - Rolf Lislevand, lute

Cantata Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten, BWV 93 (translation) - Deborah York, soprano; Franziska Gottwald, alto; Paul Agnew, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Chorale Prelude: Wer nur den lieben Gott laesst walten, BWV 647 (orch. Ton Koopman) - Yo-Yo Ma, cello; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman, conductor

Concerto in A minor, BWV 593, after Vivaldi (arr. Samuil Feinberg) - Martin Roscoe, piano

Rafał Blechacz
Felix Broede / Deutsche Grammophon

On the program:

Was Gott tut, das ist Wohlgetan, from Cantata BWV 75 - Brassissimo

Cantata BWV 30, Freue dich, erloeste Schar (translation) - Julia Sophie Wagner, soprano; Terry Wey, alto; Jakob Pilgram, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Chorus and Orchestra of the J.S. Bach Foundation St. Gallen; Rudolf Lutz, conductor

Duet in F, BWV 803 - Rafał Blechacz, piano

Italian Concerto, BWV 971 - Rafał Blechacz, piano

Gil Shaham
IMG

On the program:

Arioso, from the Harpsichord Concerto in F minor, BWV 1056 (trans. Stokowski) - Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Jose Serebrier, conductor

Cantata BWV 135 Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder (translation) - Siri Thornhill, soprano; Petra Noskaiova, alto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan Van der Crabben, baritone; La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken, conductor

Chorale Prelude: Ach Herr, mich armen Sünder - Harald Vogel, organ (John Brombaugh organ at Central Lutheran Church, Eugene, Oregon)

Partita No. 2 for solo violin, BWV 1004 - Gil Shaham, violin

Hear the complete interview with Gil Shaham on The Answered Question.

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