Friday, December 16, 2005

All Bach All the Time

It's on. They're on: The two greatest Bach festivals ever. Moments ago BBC Radio 3 kicked off what it calls “the longest-ever single program on BBC Radio 3,” 214 hours of uninterrupted Bach from now until December 26. It's all available, free, by clicking on to BBC3's web site. (The Christmas Oratorio is on right now). There's never been a better way to celebrate Christmas. Who cares about Christ being out of Christmas as long as Bach is in it?

BBC's festival isn't exactly a new idea. WKCR, Columbia University's radio stations, has been doing it since the 1980s, and will be doing it again this year, beginning December 22 at 9:30 a.m., ending January 1 at 2 a.m. Play your ears right and you'll get Bach for the next two weeks, non-stop. WKCR is also available through the web, although KCR's festival last year was marred by a pledge drive. It made listening unbearable.

Get going to BBC3 and rediscover why even the creationists have it wrong: The world began when Bach was born, in 1685.