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.

Oboist Peggy Pearson and composer John Harbison join host Brian McCreath to describe the unique emotional power of performances by late mezzo-soprano Lorraine Hunt Lieberson.

Bach's Cantata No. 93, performed by director Ton Koopman and Amsterdam Baroque, reflects the multiple emotional qualities embedded in a single chorale tune.

Rafał Blechacz
Felix Broede / Deutsche Grammophon

Pianist Rafał Blechacz reveals passion, drama, and crystalline spark in Bach's "Italian Concerto," and Rudolf Lutz conducts the composer's Cantata No. 30.

Gil Shaham

Violinist Gil Shaham unlocks the mysteries of the Partita No. 2 with host Brian McCreath on The Bach Hour.

A.B., via Wikimedia Commons

Soprano Malin Hartelius sings the Cantata 51, one of Bach's flashiest works, but one with a deep intimacy embedded within.