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:

Prelude and Fugue in F-sharp minor, BWV 859, from Book I of the Well-Tempered Clavier - Pierre-Laurent Aimard, piano

Cantata BWV 54 Widerstehe doch der Sünde (translation) - Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra, Jeanne Lamon, director

Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D, BWV 1068: II. Air - Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr, conductor

Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D, BWV 1069 - Academy of Ancient Music, Richard Egarr, conductor

Balint Karosi
courtesy of the artist

On the program:

Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1038 - Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Berlin Baroque Soloists

Prelude in E-flat, BWV 552/1 - Balint Karosi, organ

settings of Dies sind die heilgen zehn Gebot by Schein, Praetorius, and Bach - Canto Armonico; Balint Karosi, organ

settings of Aus tiefer Not schrei ich zu dir by Schein and Bach - Canto Armonico; Balint Karosi, organ

Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552/2 - Balint Karosi, organ

3268zauber, via Wikimedia Commons

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.

Ben Ealovega, courtesy Decca

Bach never wrote an opera, but the drama and storytelling in his cantatas often has an operatic quality. Hear that drama this week on The Bach Hour.

On the program:

Arioso, from Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 (arr. Alfred Cortot) - Stephen Hough, piano

Cantata BWV 126 Erhalt uns, Herr, bei deinem Wort (translation) - Robin Tyson, alto;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Stephan Loges, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046 - Les Concert des Nations, Jordi Savall, director

Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 (arr. Alfred Cortot) - Stephen Hough, piano

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