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.

Harpsichordist and Academy of Ancient Music Music Director Richard Egarr talks about the Well-Tempered Clavier and Bradley Lehman's theory of tuning for the piece, and Konrad Junghänel conducts the Missa Brevis in F.

On the program:

Missa Brevis in F, BWV 233 - Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel

Preludes and Fugues in E major (BWV 854), E minor (BWV 855), and F major (BWV 856), from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier - Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Preludes and Fugues in F-sharp minor (BWV 883) and A major (BWV 889), from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier - Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Daderot, via Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1052 (recons., Midori Seiler) - Midori Seiler,  violin;  Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Stephan Mai, director
(To hear music from this concerto as Bach re-used it in the Cantata No. 146, visit Two Masterpieces From Altenburg, Germany)

Prelude and Fugue in C, BWV 870, from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier - Peter Sykes, harpsichord

Cantata BWV 39 Brich dem Hungrigen dein Brot (translation) - Jayne West, soprano;  Pamela Dellal, alto;  Mark McSweeney, bass;  Emmanuel Music, Craig Smith conductor

On the program:

Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - Murray Perahia, piano

Cantata BWV 129 Gelobet sei der Herr, mein Gott (translation) - Ruth Holton, soprano;  Daniel Taylor, alto;  Peter Harvey, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Interview with Riccardo Chailly (more of this interview can be found here)

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat, BWV 1051 - Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Riccardo Chailly, conductor

On the program:

Cantata BWV 59:  III.  Komm, Heiliger Geist, Herre Gott  - Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Sonata for Solo Violin in C, BWV 1005 - Alina Ibragimova, violin

Chorale Prelude:  Komm, Heiliger Geist, BWV 651 - Craig F. Humber, organ (Silbermann organ at St. Peter's Church, Freiberg) (for information on the 2007 organ restoration, visit St. Peter's online)

Cantata BWV 172 Erschallet, ihr Lieder, erklinget, ihr Saiten!  (translation) - Barbara Schlick, soprano;  Kai Wessel, alto;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Klaus Mertens, bass;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

On the program:

Concerto in A minor (orig. D minor), BWV 596 - Flanders Recorder Quartet

Cantata, BWV 125 Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (translation) -Robin Blaze, counter-tenor; Andreas Weller, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Concerto in C for 2 pianos, BWV 1061 -Christoph Eschenbach and Justus Frantz, pianos; Hamburg Philharmonic