The Bach Hour

Bach's Reformation Monument

Friday, October 29, 2010
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Bach in the Back Bay

Friday, October 22, 2010
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Oct. 17: Bach's Cantata No. 180

By Brian McCreath   |   Friday, October 15, 2010
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For a translation of Bach's Cantata No. 180, visit Emmanuel Music.

Advent Masterpieces

Sunday, December 22, 2013
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A Month of Bach Videos

Wednesday, March 7, 2012
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March 28: Bach, J.S. Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006

March 27: Rostropovich impromptu performance during the fall of the Berlin Wall in November 1989

March 26: The Swingle Singers - BACH & friends

March 25: John Eliot Gardiner conducting the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists

March 24: Xuefei Yang in Classical New England's Bach Birthday Celebration

March 23: The Punch Brothers jam on Bach's Brandenburg Concerto No. 3

March 22: Jacques Loussier and friends play with Bach's Italian Concerto

March 21: Xuefei Yang in Classical New England's Bach Birthday Celebration

March 20: Bach's transcription of Prince Johann Ernst's Concerto in G

March 19: Contrapunctus IX from The Art of Fugue, arranged and performed by the Academy of Ancient Music Berlin

March 18: Harvard University's Robert Levin on Bach's life and work

March 17:  visual computer realization of Bach's "Little" Fugue

March 16: Magdalena Kozena imagines a scenario from the history books

March 15: Sir Henry Wood's orchestrations of two Bach pieces which form part of his self-style suite no. 6.

March 14: Italian Concerto for keyboard solo in F major, BWV 971

March 13: David Oistrakh and Yehudi Menuhin in Bach's Double Concerto.

March 12: Quarteto de cordas Turtle Island: Bach's Lunch

March 11: Documentary on John Eliot Gardiner's Bach Cantata Pilgrimage

March 10: Jean-Guihen Queyras performs Bach's Cello Suite No. 3

March 9: German Brass performs in concert at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig

March 8: Bulgarian-born violinist Bella Hristova plays the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, by J.S. Bach.

March 7: Glenn Gould: The Goldberg Variations.

March 6: Johann Sebastian Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D Minor BWV 565 played by organist Hans-André Stamm on the Trost-Organ of the Stadtkirche in Waltershausen, Germany.

Bach's Christmas Oratorio

By Brian McCreath   |   Thursday, December 23, 2010
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Dec. 24

While Handel's Messiah rightly holds its place as this country's classical musical soundtrack for the holiday season (quibble if you will about its Easter message;  there's nothing wrong with talking about Easter at Christmas - just ask Bach!), it's J.S. Bach's Christmas Oratorio that rings through concert halls throughout Europe at this time of the year.

The six cantatas that make up the Christmas Oratorio, meant to be performed on six separate days throughout the liturgical Christmas season, tell the Christmas story as only Bach could.  With a combination of individual and communal perspective on both the joyful and meditative aspects of the season, it's a piece that always offers performers the chance to find new perspectives, angles, and ways of expressing eternal thoughts and feelings.

If you'd like to hear all six part of the Christmas Oratorio, in a terrific performance led by Nikolaus Harnoncourt, feel free to listen to them below.

Part 1 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

Part 2 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

Part 3 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

Part 4 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

Part 5 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

Part 6 of the Christmas Oratorio (translation)

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