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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.

The Bach Hour grows out of a tradition begun in the early 1970's by Robert J. Lurtsema of WGBH 89.7 FM.  As one of the earliest sets of the complete Bach cantatas on record (Leonhardt and Harnoncourt) was being released, they became a regular fixture on each Sunday's edition of Morning Pro Musica, Lurtsema's unique daily program.  Now, on The Bach Hour, those cantatas, with the rich and diverse range of performances now available, are heard on the calendar days for which they were written.  Combined with recent and classic recordings of Bach's instrumental masterpieces and occasional interviews with significant interpreters, each week's program offers a chance to connect more deeply with this bedrock composer.

Hear The Bach Hour each Sunday at 6am on 99.5 WCRB.

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The Cantata No. 139, and Violinist Renaud Capuçon

The Cantata No. 139, and Violinist Renaud Capuçon

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Countertenor Andreas Scholl Sings the Cantata No. 82

Countertenor Andreas Scholl Sings the Cantata No. 82

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Chris Thile's Bach on Mandolin

Chris Thile's Bach on Mandolin

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Chris Thile talks with host Brian McCreath about playing Bach's music on the mandolin and his recording of solo violin sonatas and partitas.

On the program:

Two-Part Inventions Nos. 8 in F, BWV 779, 11 in G minor, BWV 782, & 10 in G, BWV 781 - Till Fellner, piano

Cantata BWV 49 Ich geh' und suche mit Verlangen - Caroline Weynants, soprano; Lieven Termont, bass; Il Gardelino, Marcel Ponseele, director

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double - Chris Thile, mandolin

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Chris Thile, mandolin
 

Chris Thile on Bach: Full Interview

Chris Thile on Bach: Full Interview

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A Mighty Fortress for Reformation Sunday

A Mighty Fortress for Reformation Sunday

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On the program:

Chorale Prelude on Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720 - Chrisopher Herrick, organ (Metzler Organ at the Jesuit Church, Lucerne, Switzerland)

Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott (Martin Luther, harm. J.S. Bach) - Chamber Choir of Europe, Nicol Matt, conductor

Cantata BWV 80 Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott - Joanne Lunn, soprano;  William Towers, alto;  James Gilchrist, tenor;  Peter Harvey, bass;  Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner, conductor

Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-flat, BWV 1051 - Dunedin Consort, John Butt, director

Chorale Prelude on Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 720, arr. Samuil Feinberg - Martin Roscoe, piano

Brandenburg Five with Bezuidenhout

Brandenburg Five with Bezuidenhout

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