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.

Kevin Lowery

On the program:

Suite from the E major Partita for violin, BWV 1006 (arr. Sergei Rachmaninoff) - Olga Kern, piano

Cantata BWV 150 Nach dir, Herr, verlanget mich (translation) - Gillian Keith, soprano;  Daniel Taylor, countertenor;  Charles Daniels, tenor;  Stephen Varcoe, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1014 - Lara St. John, violin;  Marie-Pierre Langlamet, harp

Fantasia and Fugue in G minor, BWV 542 (trans. Leopold Stokowski) - BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert, conductor


Frank Burkert, via Flickr (CC BY-SA 2.0)

The "Goldberg Variations" by J. S. Bach is a work of both beauty and complexity, in the midst of which a lighthearted joke is embedded deep within the music - perfect for the virtuoso playing of Canadian Brass. Hear that and more this week on The Bach Hour.

The director of London's Academy of Ancient Music takes you inside the humor and joy of Bach's fourth Orchestral Suite, this week on The Bach Hour.

Balint Karosi
courtesy of the artist

Bach's motivation of earning some extra income is only the beginning of the story of the Clavierübung. Organist Balint Karosi takes us on a guided tour on this week's episode of The Bach Hour.

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This week on The Bach Hour, hear an organ with porcelain pipes, a concerto played by Anderson and Roe, and a cantata about a young girl's love for coffee.