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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.

Alessio Bax
Lisa-Marie Mazzucco

On the program:

Bourree from Cello Suite No. 3 in C, BWV 1009 (arr. Leopold Godowsky) - Alessio Bax, piano

Cantata, BWV 3 Ach Gott, wie manches Herzeleid (translation) - Joanne Lunn, soprano; Richard Wyn Roberts, alto; Julian Podger, tenor; Gerald Finley, bass; Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 (arr. Leopold Godowsky) - Alessio Bax, piano

Marcel Ponseele and Il Gardellino
Tim Heirman

On the program:

Schmücke dich, o liebe Seele, BWV 654 (trans. Max Reger) - Markus Becker, piano

Cantata BWV 154 Mein liebster Jesus ist verloren (translation) - Caroline Weynants, soprano; Patrick van Goethem, countertenor; Il Gardellino, Marcel Ponseele, director

Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, from Cantata BWV 147 (arr. Empire Brass) - Empire Brass; Douglas Major, organ (National Cathedral, Washington, D.C.)

St. Bartholomew's Church, New York
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On the program:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G, BWV 1048 - English Baroque Soloists

Partita No. 5 in G, BWV 829 - Igor Levit, piano

Cantata BWV 190 Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied (translation) - Daniel Taylor, alto; James Gilchrist, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass; Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Solosits, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Frauenkirche, Dresden
Kausalkette / Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Lobe den Herren, BWV 137-2 - Ludwig Güttler, corno da caccia; Friedrich Kircheis, organ (Kern organ, 2005, at the Frauenkirche in Dresden, Germany)

Cantata BWV 191 Gloria in excelsis Deo (translation) - Christiane Oelze, soprano; Hans Peter Blochwitz, tenor; Vienna Concentus Vocalis and Virtuosi Saxoniae, Ludwig Güttler, director

Cello Suite No. 1 in G, BWV 1007 - Yo-Yo Ma, cello

Hildebrandt organ at St. Wenceslas Church, Naumburg, German
Rabanus Flavus / Wikimedia Commons

On the program:

Sleepers Wake!, from Cantata BWV 140 - Empire Brass;  Douglas Major, organ (National Cathedral)

Cantata BWV 132 Bereitet die Wege, bereitet die Bahn! (translation) - Brigitte Geller, soprano;  Michael Chance, countertenor;  Jan Kobow, tenor;  Dietrich Henschel, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel hoch da komm' ich her, BWV 769a - Gerhard Weinberger, organ (Zacharias Hildebrandt Organ at St. Wenceslas [St Wenzel] Church, Naumburg, Germany)

Concerto in C minor for Violin and Oboe after BWV 1060 - Jeanne Lamon, violin and director;  John Abberger, oboe;  Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra