Johann Sebastian Bach

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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.

Ji
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On WCRB’s CD of the Week, pianist Ji offers his reflections on one of music’s most enduring spiritual journeys.

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.

Clockwise from left: Jean-Yves Thibaudet, Kirill Gerstein, Thomas Adès
Courtesy of the artists

This week marks the official beginning of an unprecedented alliance between two legendary orchestras. 

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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