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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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Harry Christophers on the St. Matthew Passion, Part Two

Harry Christophers on the St. Matthew Passion, Part Two

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Harry Christophers on the St. Matthew Passion, Part One

Harry Christophers on the St. Matthew Passion, Part One

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Richard Egarr on the Orchestral Suites

Richard Egarr on the Orchestral Suites

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Balint Karosi and the Clavierübung III

Balint Karosi and the Clavierübung III

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Harry Christophers on Bach's Motets

Harry Christophers on Bach's Motets

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Simone Dinnerstein's Bach Inventions

Simone Dinnerstein's Bach Inventions

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