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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

7:02 am : Cantata, BWV 107. Was willst du dich betrüben (Why are you distressed)
9:00 am : Cantata, BWV 187. Es wartet alles auf dich (They all wait upon thee)
11:00 am : Cantata, BWV 178. Wo Gott der Herr nicht bei uns hält (If God the Lord is not on our side)
1:01 pm : Cantata, BWV 136. Erforsche mich, Gott, und erfahre mein Herz (Search me, O God, and know my heart)
3:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 45. Es ist dir gesagt, Mensch, was gut ist (He hath showed thee, O man, what is good)
5:01 pm : Cantata, BWV 46. Schauet doch und sehet, ob irgendein Schmerz sei (Behold, and see if there be any sorrow)
7:00 pm : Cantata, BWV 101. Nimm von uns, Herr, du treuer Gott (Take from us, Lord, thou faithful God)

Today's VivaLaVoce Playlist


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

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