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.

On the program:

Chorale Prelude: Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 639 (arr. Busoni) - Simone Dinnerstein, piano

Cantata BWV 177 Ich ruf zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (translation) - Sandrine Piau, soprano;  Bogna Bartosz, alto;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Amsterdam Baroque Choir and Orchestra, Ton Koopman, director

Concerto in B-flat, BWV 1055 (arr. Wind) - Erik Bosgraaf, recorder;  Ensemble Cordevento

Prelude and Fugue in D, BWV 532 (arr. Respighi) - St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin, conductor

David Shriver

Pianist Andrew Rangell talks with host Brian McCreath about grappling with one of Bach's last and greatest masterpieces, The Art of Fugue.

David Shriver

In a wide-ranging discussion, pianist Andrew Rangell talks with host Brian McCreath about grappling with one of Bach's last and greatest masterpieces, The Art of Fugue.

River Jordan
Beivushtang / Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Italian Concerto, BWV 971 - Catrin Finch, harp

Cantata BWV 7 Christ unser Herr zum Jordan kam (translation) - Wilke te Brummelstroete, alto;  Paul Agnew, tenor;  Dietrich Henschel, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Brandenburg Concerto No. 11 (arr. Bruce Haynes after BWV 35 and 1063) - Montreal Baroque Band, Eric Milnes, conductor

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