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.

Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin
Kristof Fischer

One of Bach's greatest admirers - Mozart - adds his own voice to the elder composer's music, performed by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin.

Nicolas Poussin, via Wikimedia Commons

Ton Koopman leads a work of timelessness and hope, and Canadian Brass perform selections from Bach's The Art of Fugue.

J.S. Bach Foundation

This week on the Bach Hour, J.S. Bach poses an existential question, and finds its glorious resolution, in the Cantata 168. Plus, Murray Perahia plays the Partita No. 5.

Ramin Bahrami

Pianist Ramin Bahrami is the soloist in Bach's emotionally probing D minor concerto, with the Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra and conductor Riccardo Chailly.

Andrewyuill, via Wikimedia Commons

The Dunedin Consort performs one of Bach's most popular and virtuosic works, and Masaaki Suzuki conducts the Cantata No. 186.