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.

statue of J.S. Bach in Leipzig
Max Pixel, CC0 1.0

One of the rewards of great art is finding meaning below the surface. The first four notes of an aria on this week's "Bach Hour" are designed not just to sound nice, but to carry a message.

Murray Perahia
Nana Watanabe

"Vivid, but not overdone." "Good taste and musical insight." Critics have a lot to say about Murray Perahia's interpretations of Bach - and with good reason. His playing rewards a close attention to subtle details. Hear it this week on The Bach Hour.

courtesy of the Musikverein

The sixth and final portion of Bach's Christmas Oratorio begins with brilliance. Hear it all, this week on The Bach Hour.

Courtesy of the Musikverein

Bach weaves a story of subversion of authority in Part 5 of the Christmas Oratorio, depicting the journey of the Magi. Listen now.

Courtesy of the Musikverein

On the program:

Aria Variata 'alla Maniera Italiana' BWV 989 - Angela Hewitt, piano

Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248, Part IV (translation) - Christine Schäfer, soprano;  Bernarda Fink, alto;  Werner Güra, tenor (Evangelist);  Gerald Finley, bass;  Arnold Schoenberg Choir and Concentus Musicus of Vienna, Nikolaus Harnoncourt, conductor

Concerto in D minor, BWV 1059 - Erik Bosgraaf, recorder;  Ensemble Cordevento