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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 54. Widerstehe doch der Sünde (Stand firm against all sinning)
9:01 am : Cantata, BWV 1. Wie schön leuchtet der Morgenstern (How brightly gleams the morniing star)
11:00 am : Cantata, BWV 4. Christ lag in Todesbanden (Christ lay in the bonds of death)
1:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 31. Der Himmel lacht! Die Erde jubilieret (The heavens laugh! the earth rejoices)
3:01 pm : Cantata, BWV 66. Erfreut euch, ihr Herzen (Rejoice, all ye hearts)
5:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 6. Bleib bei uns, denn es will Abend werden (Abide with us, for it is toward evening)
7:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 134. Ein Herz, das seinen Jesum lebend weiß (A heart that knows its Jesus to be living)

Today's VivaLaVoce Playlist


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

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