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Bach CantataFest

J.S. BachClassical WETA celebrates the birthday month of Johann Sebastian Bach with the return of "CantataFest" on VivaLaVoce. Throughout March, we will broadcast all of the more than 200 surviving cantatas by Bach. Cantatas air every other hour between 7am and 7pm each day, except on Bach's birthday (March 21), when we will air his large choral works (Mass, Passions, etc.).

Bach composed about 23 secular cantatas for civic occasions and more than 300 sacred cantatas (many lost), which he wrote and performed to supplement readings on Sundays and holidays at Lutheran church services in Leipzig. At the center of Classical WETA’s “CantataFest” is the highly acclaimed set of recordings of the sacred cantatas featuring the Monteverdi Choir and English Baroque Soloists led by John Eliot Gardiner, performed during their Bach Cantata Pilgrimage.

Please visit this page each day to see a list of the current day's featured cantatas. You may wish to visit the Bach Cantatas Website for texts and translations of the cantatas, in a variety of formats.

Today's J.S. Bach Selections

7:00 am : Cantata, BWV 37. Wer da gläubet und getauft wird (Whoever believes and is baptised)
9:00 am : Cantata, BWV 210. Wedding Cantata. O holder Tag, erwünschte Zeit (O lovely day, O hoped-for time)
11:00 am : Cantata, BWV 43. Gott fähret auf mit Jauchzen (God ascends with shouts of joy)
1:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 72. Alles nur nach Gottes Willen (Everything according to God's will)
3:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 73. Herr, wie du willt, so schick's mit mir (Lord, as you will, deal with me)
5:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 82. Ich habe genug (I have enough)
7:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 83. Erfreute Zeit im neuen Bunde (Joyful time in the new covenant)

Today's VivaLaVoce Playlist


For more information on each of these performances, check our our online playlist.

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