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.

Fugue in A-flat, BWV 862, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier - Onyx Brass

Cantata BWV 108 Es ist euch gut, dass ich hingehe (translation) - Robin Blaze, countertenor;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Dominik Wörner, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 - David Fray, piano

Matthew Halls
Stephen Page

On the program:

Preludes and Fugues from Book II of the Well-Tempered Clavier:  No. 10 in E minor, BWV 879, and No. 15 in G major, BWV 884 - Angela Hewitt, piano

Easter Oratorio, BWV 249 (translation) - Carolyn Sampson, soprano;  Iestyn Davies, countertenor;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Peter Harvey, bass;  Retrospect Ensemble, Matthew Halls, conductor

Tanya Gabrielian
courtesy of the artist

On the program:

Suite in E, BWV 1006a: III. Gavotte en Rondeu - Elizabeth Farr, lute-harpsichord

Cantata BWV 97 In allen meinen Taten (translation) - Sandrine Piau, soprano; Bogna Bartosz, alto; James Gilchrist, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005 (trans. Bach, Saint-Saëns, and Cardelús) - Violin Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005

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)

On the program:

Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 - Gottfried von der Goltz, violin and director;  Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Jesu, meine Freude, BWV 226 (translation) - Monteverdi Choir, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 (selections) - Canadian Brass