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 program:

English Suite No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (selections; arr. Jan Koetsier) - Ludwig Güttler Brass Ensemble

Cantata BWV 161 Komm, du süße Todesstunde (translation) - Matthew White, counter tenor;  Hans Jorg Mammel, tenor;  Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe, conductor

Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 - Hakan Hardenberger, trumpet; Simon Preston, organ (Soro Church, Denmark)

Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 - Joyce Yang, piano

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.

Harry Christophers
Stu Rosner / Handel and Haydn Society

Handel and Haydn Society Artistic Director Harry Christophers talks with WCRB about Bach's motet Jesu, meine Freude.