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Major series / box sets

  • The Masterworks (Brilliant Classics, 2004/2008) (ext ref: 1 / 2)
  • Premium Edition (Am@do Classics, 2007?) (ext ref: 1; 2.1 or 2.2) (wiki tracklist dump)

There seems to have been another major series (or set) (69xCD; + 2xCD sampler) by "harmonia mundi", evidence of which is rare.

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Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg concertos, the Mass in B minor, The Well-Tempered Clavier, two Passions, keyboard works, and more than 300 cantatas, of which nearly 100 cantatas have been lost to posterity. His music is revered for its intellectual depth, technical command, and artistic beauty.

Bach was born in Eisenach, Saxe-Eisenach, into a great musical family; his father, Johann Ambrosius Bach, was the director of the town musicians, and all of his uncles were professional musicians. His father probably taught him to play violin and harpsichord, and his brother, Johann Christoph Bach, taught him the clavichord and exposed him to much contemporary music. Apparently at his own initiative, Bach attended St Michael's School in Lüneburg for two years. After graduating, he held several musical posts across Germany: he served as Kapellmeister (director of music) to Leopold, Prince of Anhalt-Köthen, Cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig, and Royal Court Composer to August III. Bach's health and vision declined in 1749, and he died on 28 July 1750. Modern historians believe that his death was caused by a combination of stroke and pneumonia.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the nineteenth century. He is now generally regarded as one of the main composers of the Baroque period, and as one of the greatest composers of all time.

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Discography

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Album

Year Title Artist Rating Releases
1959 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II Johann Sebastian Bach; Samuil Feinberg 2
1962 Бах: Французская сюита / Фрескобальди: Пассакалия / Партита / Две фуги И.С. Бах, Д. Фрескобальди; Андрей Волконский 4 1
1964 Helmut Walcha spielt Bach: Toccata und Fuge d-moll: Dorische Toccata und Fuge u.a. Johann Sebastian Bach; Helmut Walcha 1
1964 Johann Sebastian Bach - Karl Richter – Toccata Und Fuge D-moll, BWV 565 • Triosonate Nr. 2 C-moll, BWV 526 • Präludium Und Fuge D-dur, BWV 532 • Fantasie Und Fuge G-moll, BWV 542 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1965 Bach: Concerto in D minor / Chopin: Concerto No. 2 in F minor Johann Sebastian Bach, Frédéric Chopin; London Symphony Orchestra, David Zinman, Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
1966 Brandenburgische Konzerte 1-3 Bach; RSO Berlin, Lorin Maazel 2
1966 Brandenburgische Konzerte 4-6 Bach; RSO Berlin, Lorin Maazel 2
1966 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 2, 3, 5 (Bachorchester des Gewandhausorchesters Leipzig feat. conductor: Helmut Koch) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1966 Konzerte für zwei Cembali und Streichorchester (Staatskapelle Dresden feat. conductor: Kurt Redel) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1970 Pieces for Organ (organ: Edward Power Biggs) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1971 Brandenburgische Konzerte 1-2-6 (Academy of St. Martins in the Fields cond. Neville Marriner) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1972 Serenade for Flute Beethoven, Bach, Telemann; The London Virtuosi, James Galway 1
1973 Die Konzerte für 3 & 4 Cembali BWV 1063–1065 Johann Sebastian Bach; Karl Richter, Hedwig Bilgram, Iwona Fütterer, Ulrike Schott, Münchener Bach-Orchester 1
1973 Suiten für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Narciso Yepes 1
1973 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II (feat. organ: Louis Thiry) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1973 Weihnachtsoratorium (Collegium aureum feat. conductor Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1974 Conciertos de Brandenburgo Johann Sebastian Bach ; Hanns Reinartz ; Camerata Würzburg 5 1
1974 Suites for Cello Johann Sebastian Bach; Pablo Casals 5
1974 Werke für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Narciso Yepes 1
1975 Italienisches Konzert F-Dur BWV 971 / Chromatische Fantasie und Fuge D-Moll BWV 903 / Partita H-Moll BWV 831 Bach; Hans Pischner 1
1975 The Well-Tempered Clavier CD 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1975 Violin Concertos, Album 2 J. S. Bach; Itzhak Perlman, Neil Black, The English Chamber Orchestra, Daniel Barenboim 1
1976 Eesti orelid 2 J. S. Bach, C. Franck, O. Messiaen 1
1976 Geistliche Kantaten BWV 61 - 63 Johann Sebastian Bach; Concentus Musicus Wien 1
1976 The 24 Organ Preludes and Fugues With Selected Chorale Preludes, Volume 1 (feat. Anthony Newman) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1977 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 1-3 (Los Angeles Philharmonic feat. conductor, violin: Pinchas Zukerman) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1977 Goldberg Variations (1955 recording) Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 5 7
1977 The 24 Organ Preludes and Fugues With Selected Chorale Preludes, Volume 2 (feat. Anthony Newman) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1978 Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen aus Clavierübung IV (feat. harpsichord Gustav Leonhardt) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1978 Holst: Suite no. 1 in E-flat / Suite no. 2 in F / Handel: Music for the Royal Fireworks / Bach: Fantasia in G Holst, Handel, Bach; The Cleveland Symphonic Winds, Frederick Fennell 1
1979 Brandenburg Concertos (complete) (Collegium Aureum feat. concertmaster: Franz Josef Maier) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1979 Das Musikalische Opfer BWV 1079 (Musica Antiqua Köln, feat. conductor: Reinhard Goebel) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1980 Toccata BWV 911 / Partita BWV 826 / English Suite no. 2 BWV 807 Johann Sebastian Bach; Martha Argerich 3
1980 Brandenburgische Konzerte Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1980 Gloria in excelsis Deo (Münchener Bach-Chor & Orchester, Karl Richter) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1980 Sonates pour flûte (feat. flute: Marc Beaucoudray, harpsichord: William Christie) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1980 Toccata und Fuge - Die schönsten Melodien von Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1981 Concertos for 2 Harpsichords Johann Sebastian Bach, The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert 1
1981 Six Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Marie-Claire Alain 1
1981 Toccate & Fugue, Passacaglia, Choral, MC Alain Orgue Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1982 Toccata und Fuge (feat. organ: Hans Otto) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1982 Concerti for 3 and 4 Harpsichords (The English Concert feat. harpsichord: Kenneth Gilbert, Trevor Pinnock, Lars Ulrik Mortensen) Johann Sebastian Bach; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 2
1982 Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-3 Johann Sebastian Bach; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1982 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 2, 4, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1982 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 3-5 (Linde Consort) Johann Sebastian Bach 4 1
1982 Goldberg Variations (1981 recording) Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 4.35 6
1982 Italian Concerto, BWV 971 / Fantasia, BWV 906 / Capriccio on the Departure of a Beloved Brother, BWV 992 / Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, BWV 903 / Four Duets, BWV 802-805 Johann Sebastian Bach; Tatiana Nikolaeva 1
1983 Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 4-6 Johann Sebastian Bach; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1983 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 2, 4, 1 (Concentus Musicus Wien feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Johann Sebastian Bach 3
1983 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 3, 6, 5 (Concentus Musicus Wien feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Johann Sebastian Bach 3

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