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.

Full Moon
Andrew Choy / Wikimedia Commons

An ancient, haunting hymn tune is the foundation of three musical expressions of the quiet, contemplative anticipation of the season of Advent on The Bach Hour.

Janine Jansen
Harald Hoffmann / Decca

The deep connections that can only be forged through a family are at the foundation of a performance by violinist Janine Jansen and her father, Jan Jansen, on The Bach Hour.

Jeremy Denk
Opus 3 Artists

One of today's most insightful pianists channels both the organized logic and sheer emotional beauty inherent in Bach's music for his instrument on The Bach Hour.

Seiji Ozawa
Costa Manos / BSO

On the program:

Two-Part Inventions: No. 4 in D minor, No. 5 in E-flat, and No. 6 in E, BWV 775-777 - Till Fellner, piano

Missa Brevis in G, BWV 236 - Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel

Chaconne, from the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. Hideo Saito) - Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa, conductor

"Vision," a sunlight reflection
By Anagoria (CC BY 3.0, via Wikimedia Commons)

On the program:

French Suite No. 3 in B minor, BWV 814 - Murray Perahia

Cantata BWV 79, Gott der Herr ist Sonn und Schild (translation) - Sandrine Piau, soprano; Bogna Bartosz, alto; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Brandenburg Concerto No. 1 in F, BWV 1046 - American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas, conductor