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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 125. Mit Fried und Freud ich fahr dahin (With peace and joy I go from here)
9:01 am : Cantata, BWV 128. Auf Christi Himmelfahrt allein (On Christ's ascension alone)
11:00 am : Cantata, BWV 156. Ich steh mit einem Fuß im Grabe (I stand with one foot in the grave)
1:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 157. Ich lasse dich nicht, du segnest mich denn! (I am not letting you go, unless you bless me first!)
3:01 pm : Cantata, BWV 168. Tue Rechnung! Donnerwort (Give an account of yourself! word of thunder)
5:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 179. Siehe zu, daß deine Gottesfurcht nicht Heuchelei sei (See that your fear of God is not hypocrisy)
7:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 195. Dem Gerechten muß das Licht immer wieder aufgehen (For the righteous person the light must always rise again)

Today's VivaLaVoce Playlist


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

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