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Concerto for Three Violins and Cantata No. 178

On the program:

Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 (arr. Busoni) - Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Cantata BWV 178 Wo Gott derr Herr nicht bei uns hält (translation) - Matthew White, countertenor;  Makoto Sakurada, tenor;  Peter Kooy, bass;  Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, conductor

Fantasia, Adagio, and Fugue, BWV 906/968 (arr. Busoni) - Nikolai Demidenko, piano

Concerto for three violins, strings and basso continuo, BWV 1064 - Gottfried von der Goltz; Sabine Lier; Anne-Katharina Schreiber, violinists; Freiburg Baroque Orchestra; Thomas Hengelbrock, conductor

(photo of Thomas Hengelbrock by Karl Forster, courtesy of the artist)

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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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