Bach's Three Lives, in the Partita No. 4

Pianist David Fray performs a piece that embodies the different roles Bach played during his life, and Masaaki Suzuki directs the Cantata No. 108.

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view of the Charles River from the Dr. Paul Dudley White Bike Path
photo credit Rani Schloss / Kendall Todd

What's the perfect soundtrack to hear as summer rolls in? You've told us, and we'll play them all weekend! 


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Guy Fishman, Principal Cellist with the Handel and Haydn Society, discusses his upcoming marathon performance of Bach's six masterpieces at the Museum of Fine Arts, and why performing these pieces on an instrument from the composer's time is special. 

Keith Lockhart
Stu Rosner / Boston Pops

Boston Pops Conductor Keith Lockhart talks with WCRB's Brian McCreath about some of the many stunning highlights of the season, including guest artist Rhiannon Giddens, John Williams' Film Night, and much more.

Plus, instrument theft, Andrew Garfied, and the Human Saxophone. Buckle up!

Harry Christophers leads the Handel and Haydn Society
Sam Brewer

Earlier this month, we recorded the Handel and Haydn Society's season finale for WCRB In Concert, where it will air in the fall -- and we caught this unforgettable moment on tape.

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Olivier Latry, one of the chief organists at Notre Dame Cathedral, was the last artist to record on the famous instrument before the catastrophic fire on April 15 that damaged the church and caused its spire to collapse. This pipe organ is the largest in France and dates back centuries. Though it was spared from the flames, it will still require extensive renovation.

Caroline Shaw's new album, Orange, is a love letter to the string quartet. The North Carolina native burst onto the music scene in 2013, when she was the youngest composer to win a Pulitzer Prize. She's still in her 30s and now, for the first time, there's a recording devoted entirely to her work.

Ellen Reid, a 36-year-old composer, won the Pulitzer Prize in Music on Monday for her opera p r i s m. The Pulitzer jury described the winning piece as a "bold new operatic work that uses sophisticated vocal writing and striking instrumental timbres to confront difficult subject matter: the effects of sexual and emotional abuse." The two other finalists were Sustain, an orchestral work by Andrew Norman, and Still for solo piano by James Romig. Reid is the fourth woman to earn the prize since 2013.

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This Week's CD of the Week

Steger Plays Gems from Handel’s Intermissions

May 20, 2019
Maurice Steger
Molina Visuals

The brilliant recorder virtuoso Maurice Steger and ensemble La Cetra shine a spotlight on the exquisite chamber pieces that kept Handel’s devoted fans thoroughly entertained during the intermissions of his operas.

In Concert captures the best performances by the world's best performers, from concerts in and around the Boston area. Airs Sundays at 7pm.
"Voices" is an exploration of all kinds of vocal music, from opera favorites and rarities to major choral works and song cycles. Airs Sundays at 9pm.
Hear The Bach Hour Sundays at 6am, Mondays from midnight-2am, and on demand for two weeks after broadcast.