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.

Sheila Rock

On the program:

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552, "St. Anne" (arr. Max Reger) - Markus Becker, piano

Cantata BWV 138, Warum betruebst du dich, mein Herz? (translation) - Caroline Stam, soprano;  Bernhard Landauer, alto;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Klaus Mertens;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Berlin Baroque Soloists, Rainer Kussmaul, director

On the program:

Sonata No. 1 in G minor for solo violin, BWV 1001 - Christian Tetzlaff, violin

Cantata BWV 69a Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (translation) - Yoshie Hida, soprano;  Kirsten Sollek-Avella, alto;  Makoto Sakurada, tenor;  Peter Kooij, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D, BWV 1054 - Ramin Bahrami, piano;  Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, conductor

On the program:

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. Sir Granville Bantock) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 for solo cello - Pieter Wispelwey, cello

Cantata BWV 140 Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme (translation) - Sandrine Piau, soprano;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Klaus Mertens, bass;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Lost and Found Bach

Apr 19, 2015

Harvard University's Christoph Wolff tells the story of a work of Bach's discovered in 2005.

On the program:

Allein Gott in der Höh' sei Ehr', BWV 662 (Leipzig) - Jacob Street, organ (Richards, Fowkes, & Co. organ at First Lutheran Church, Boston)

Cantata BWV 112 Der Herr ist mein getreuer Hirt (translation) - Katharine Fuge, soprano;  William Towers, alto;  Norbert Meyn, tenor;  Stephen Varcoe, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Concerto in D for three violins, BWV 1064R - Petra Müllejans, Gottfried von der Goltz, and Anne Katharina Schreiber, violins;  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Alles mit Gott und nichts ohn' ihn, BWV 1127 - Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano;  English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiiner, conductor

On the program:

Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1039/1027 - Soloists of Ensemble Baroque de Limoges

Cantata BWV 6 Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden (translation) - Barbara Schlick, soprano;  Andreas Scholl, countertenor;  Christoph Pregardien;  Gotthold Schwarz, bass;  Accentus Chamber Choir;  Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Christophe Coin, conductor and piccolo cello

French Suite in D minor, BWV 812 - David Fray, piano