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Richard Egarr on The Well-Tempered Clavier, and the Missa Brevis in F

Harpsichordist and Academy of Ancient Music Music Director Richard Egarr talks about the Well-Tempered Clavier and Bradley Lehman's theory of tuning for the piece, and Konrad Junghänel conducts the Missa Brevis in F.

On the program:

Missa Brevis in F, BWV 233 - Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel

Preludes and Fugues in E major (BWV 854), E minor (BWV 855), and F major (BWV 856), from Book I of The Well-Tempered Clavier - Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Preludes and Fugues in F-sharp minor (BWV 883) and A major (BWV 889), from Book II of The Well-Tempered Clavier - Richard Egarr, harpsichord

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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.

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