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.

Bach's B minor x 4

Mar 2, 2017
clockwise, from upper right: portrait by E.G. Haussmann (1748); portrait by J.E. Rentsch (c. 1715); statue by C. Seffner (1908); forensic reconstruction by Caroline Wilkinson (2008)
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Last weekend I spent a lot of time with Bach. Over the last four and a half months, I’ve spent a lot of time with Bach. “But you produce a show called The Bach Hour. Of course you’ve spent a lot of time with Bach!”

 

Yes, well, there is that. But this has been exceptional. Being at four different performances of Bach’s Mass in B minor since October has left me with two takeaways, one of them expected, the other unexpected. Neither takeaway is the, dare I say, cliché, “I heard things in the Mass I had never heard before.”

Esa-Pekka Salonen
Clive Barda / LA Philharmonic

On the program:

Fugue in G minor, BWV 578 "Little" (arr. Stowkowski) - Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 - Phoebe Carrai, cello

Cantata BWV 73 Herr, wie du willt, so schick's mit mir (translation) - Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Gerd Türk, tenor; Peter Kooy, bass; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suziki, director

Prelude and Fugue in E-flat, BWV 552 "St. Anne" (arr. Schoenberg) - Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen, conductor

Marco Borggreve

On the program:

Prelude and Fugue in C minor, BWV 871, from Book Two of The Well-Tempered Clavier - Edward Aldwell, piano

"Bleibt, ihr Engel, bleibt bei mir!" from Cantata BWV 19 - James Gilchrist, tenor;  English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Morimur - Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, with selected chorale harmonizations - Christoph Poppen, violin;  The Hilliard Ensemble

Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Sinfonia from Actus tragicus, BWV 106 (arr. Kurtag) - Gyorgy and Marta Kurtag, piano

Pentecost at St. Joseph Chapel, Milan, by Carlo Urbino
G.dallorto / Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Prelude and Fugue in C-sharp minor, BWV 849, from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier (arr. Peter Lawrence) - German Brass

Cantata BWV 184 Erwünschtes Freudenlicht (translation) - Yukari Nonoshita, soprano; Mutsumi Hatano, alto; Gerd Tuerk, tenor; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Fantasia in G, BWV 572 - Masaaki Suzuki, organ (Schnitger/Hinz organ in the Martinikerk, Groningen, The Netherlands)

Violin Concerto in E, BWV 1042 - Alina Ibragimova, violin; Arcangelo, Jonathan Cohen, conductor

On the program:

Trio Sonata in G, BWV 1039/1027 - Soloists of Ensemble Baroque de Limoges

Cantata BWV 6 Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden (translation) - Barbara Schlick, soprano;  Andreas Scholl, countertenor;  Christoph Pregardien;  Gotthold Schwarz, bass;  Accentus Chamber Choir;  Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Christophe Coin, conductor and piccolo cello

French Suite in D minor, BWV 812 - David Fray, piano

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