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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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Cantata No. 132 & Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch

Cantata No. 132 & Canonic Variations on Vom Himmel Hoch

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Orchestral Suite No. 2 & Suzuki's Cantata No. 62

Orchestral Suite No. 2 & Suzuki's Cantata No. 62

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Harnoncourt's Cantata 61 & the Goldbergs on Harp

Harnoncourt's Cantata 61 & the Goldbergs on Harp

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Simone Dinnerstein's French Suite No. 5 & the Cantata No. 36

Simone Dinnerstein's French Suite No. 5 & the Cantata No. 36

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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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