Johann Sebastian Bach

Marco Borggreve

On The Bach Hour, one of today's most brilliant harpsichordists is joined by colleagues at the Boston Early Music Festival in an iconic piece of music.

Víkingur Ólafsson
Harrison Parrott

After completing his studies, Icelandic pianist Víkingur Ólafsson became a “student” of Bach and immersed himself in his music. “He was just the teacher I needed: the kind that teaches you to be your own teacher.” His stunning new recording of original and transcribed works by Bach is WCRB’s CD of the Week.

Hans Thoma, via Wikimedia Commons

John Eliot Gardner conducts one of Bach's most dramatic sacred cantatas, depicting the battle between Satan and the angels, on The Bach Hour.


On the program:

Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D, BWV 1069 (arr. Brazilian Guitar Quartet - Brazilian Guitar Quartet)

Cantata BWV 96 Herr Christ, der einge Gottesohn (translation) - Deborah York, soprano; Franziska Gottwald, alto; Paul Agnew, tenor; Klaus Mertens, bass; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra and Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 - Benjamin Grosvenor, piano


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