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 Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and over three hundred cantatas of which nearly two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach was born in Eisenach, in the duchy of 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 the 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, Thomaskantor in Leipzig, a position of music director at the main Lutheran churches and educator at the Thomasschule, where he served from 1723 to his death. He received the title of "Royal Court Composer" from Augustus III in 1736. Bach's health and vision declined in 1749, and he died on 28 July 1750.

Bach had four composer sons. The music of one of them, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, was appreciated very highly from the later half of the 18th through the early 19th century, while Sebastian Bach's music was hardly known.

J. S. Bach's abilities as an organist were 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 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1958 Concertos for One, Two, Three & Four Harpsichords & String Orchestra Johann Sebastian Bach; Anton Heiller 1
1959 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II Johann Sebastian Bach; Samuil Feinberg 3
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 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; Karl Richter 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
1968 6 Brandenburgische Konzerte / 4 Ouvertüren / Tripelkonzerte, BWV 1044 Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter 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 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II (feat. organ: Louis Thiry) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1973 Weihnachtsoratorium Johann Sebastian Bach; Collegium Aureum, Gerhard Schmidt-Gaden 1
1974 Cello Suites Nos. 1-6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Pablo Casals 8
1974 Conciertos de Brandenburgo Johann Sebastian Bach ; Hanns Reinartz ; Camerata Würzburg 5 1
1975 Bach Organ Favorites Johann Sebastian Bach; E. Power Biggs 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 Sonates pour flûte et basse continue Bach; Jean-Pierre Rampal, R. Veyron-Lacroix, J. Savall 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 2
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
1979 Baroque Favorites Albinoni, Bach, Cimarosa, Marcello, Vivaldi; Liona Boyd, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Andrew Davis 4 1
1979 Brandenburg Concertos (complete) (Collegium Aureum feat. concertmaster: Franz Josef Maier) Johann Sebastian Bach; Collegium Aureum, Franzjosef Maier 1
1979 Das Musikalische Opfer BWV 1079 Johann Sebastian Bach; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 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 Johann Sebastian Bach: Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter 1
1980 Toccata und Fuge - Die schönsten Melodien von Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1981 Die Konzerte für 3 und 4 Cembali Johann Sebastian Bach; Trevor Pinnock, Kenneth Gilbert, Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Nicholas Kraemer, The English Concert 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 Violin concertos 1 & 2 / Concerto for 2 violins Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1982 The Grand Silbermann Organ in the Freiberg Cathedral Johann Sebastian Bach; Hans Otto 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 7
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 6 Partitas, BWV825-BWV830 Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff 1
1983 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 2, 4, 1 (Concentus Musicus Wien feat. conductor: Nikolaus Harnoncourt) Johann Sebastian Bach 3

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