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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

7:01 am : Cantata, BWV 102. Herr, deine Augen sehen nach dem Glauben! (Lord, are not thine eyes upon the truth!)
9:01 am : Cantata, BWV 69a. Lobe den Herrn, meine Seele (Bless the Lord, O my soul)
11:00 am : Cantata, BWV 35. Geist und Seele wird verwirret (Spirit and soul become confused)
1:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 137. Lobe den Herren, den mächtigen König der Ehren (Praise the Lord, the mighty king of honor)
3:01 pm : Cantata, BWV 77. Du sollt Gott, deinen Herren, lieben (Thou shalt love the lord thy God)
5:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 164. Ihr, die ihr euch von Christo Nennet (Ye who bear the name of Christ)
7:01 pm : Cantata, BWV 33. Allein zu dir, Herr Jesu Christ (In thee alone, Lord Jesus Christ)

Today's VivaLaVoce Playlist


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

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