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A production of  
  

Cantatas No. 116, and British Transcriptions for Piano

On the program:

Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047 - Friedemann Immer, trumpet; Christopher Krueger, recorder; Marc Schachman, oboe; Daniel Stepner, violin; Boston Baroque; Martin Pearlman, conductor

Andante from Brandenburg Concerto No. 2, BWV 1047 (trans. Eugene Goossens) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

Cantata BWV 116 Du Friedefürst, Herr Jesu Christ (translation) - Sibylla Rubens, soprano;  Annette Markert, alto;  Christoph Prégardien, tenor;  Klaus Mertens, bass;  Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman, conductor

Fantasia in G, BWV 572 (trans. Arnold Bax) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

Herzlich tut mich verlangen, BWV 727 (trans. William Walton) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

Meine Seele erhebt den Herrn, BWV 648 (trans. John Ireland) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

Der Tag, der ist so freudenreich, BWV 605 (trans. Constant Lambert) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

Ach bleib' bei uns, Herr Jesu Christ, BWV 649 (trans. Ralph Vaughan Williams) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

In dulci jubilo, BWV 729 (trans. Lord Berners) - Jonathan Plowright, piano

(photo of Jonathan Plowright by  Sagar-Stewart for Steinway Ltd.)

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ABOUT THE BACH HOUR | WCRB

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.

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