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, as well as Mondays, midnight-2am. And listen on demand for two weeks after broadcast.


On The Bach Hour, in a performance described as having "drama," "vitality," and "swagger," British pianist Benjamin Grosvenor's performs of the composer's Fourth Partita.

Bach's music is a cornerstone for the Silver Medal winner at the 12th Van Cliburn International Piano Competition.

Emmanuel Pahud
Fabian Monthubert / courtesy of the artist

On the program:

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552, "St. Anne" (arr. Max Reger) - Markus Becker, piano

Cantata BWV 138, Warum betruebst du dich, mein Herz? (translation) - Caroline Stam, soprano;  Bernhard Landauer, alto;  Christoph Pregardien, tenor;  Klaus Mertens;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - Emmanuel Pahud, flute; Berlin Baroque Soloists, Rainer Kussmaul, director

statue of J.S. Bach in Leipzig
Max Pixel, CC0 1.0

On The Bach Hour, Philippe Herreweghe leads Collegium Vocale of Ghent in a work that expresses the complexities of belief, and pianist Igor Levit performs the Partita No. 2.

Pianist Leon Fleisher describes the healing power of Bach's music and performs the Chaconne for the Left Hand.