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.

Annotation last modified on 2014-06-24 13:16 UTC.


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 hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

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 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, Cantor of the Thomasschule in Leipzig, and Royal Court Composer to Augustus 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 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
1990 Bach: Complete Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 6: English Suites Nos. 1, 2 & 3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christiane Jaccottet 1
1990 Bach: Kantate "Ich habe genug", BWV 82 / Brahms: Vier ernste Gesänge & 10 Lieder Johann Sebastian Bach, Johannes Brahms; Hans Hotter 1
1990 Baroque Oboe Concertos Handel, Vivaldi, Albinoni, Marcello, Bach; Guildhall String Ensemble, Malcolm Messiter 1
1990 Brandenburg Concertos 1-4 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Brandenburg Concertos No.1-2-3-5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Südwest-Studioorchester, Heribert Münchner 2
1990 Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1, 2 & 3 (English Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Raymond Leppard) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 1-2-4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Members of Philharmonia Slavonica, Karel Brazda 1
1990 Complete Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 3: The Welltempered Clavier, Part 2, BWV 880-893 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Complete Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 5: Partitas Nos. 3, 5 & 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christiane Jaccottet 1
1990 Complete Works for Harpsichord, Vol. 10: 'Goldberg-Variations', Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Complete Works for Harpsichord, Volume 7: English Suites Nos. 4, 5 & 6 Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1990 Concertos Brandebourgeois 4-5-6 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Concertos for 3 & 4 Harpsichords / Concerto for 3 Violins Johann Sebastian Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1990 Das Wohltemperierte Klavier II Johann Sebastian Bach; Glen Wilson 1
1990 Das Wohltemperierte Klavier, Teil I (feat. harpsichord: Kristin Wachenfeld) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Die Kunst der Fuge / Clavierübung II J.S. Bach; Gustav Leonhardt 1
1990 Goldberg Variations MBW 988 / Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue BWV 903 / Fantasia & Fugue BWV 904 (piano: Bronisława Kawalla) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Goldberg-Variationen, BWV 988, Clavierübung, Teil 4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Karl Richter 1
1990 Grandes oeuvres pour orgue Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Harpsichord Works Bach; James Weaver 1
1990 Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis: Cantatas BWV 21, 42 (La Chapelle Royale, Collegium Vocale feat. conductor: Philippe Herreweghe) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1990 Jagdkantate BWV 208 & Bauernkantate BWV 212 Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Maria Blasi, Yvonne Kenny, Kurt Equiluz, Robert Holl, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 2
1990 Jean Sébastien Bach Johann Sebastian Bach; Emile Naoumoff 1
1990 Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 J.S. Bach; Christoph Prégardien, Harry van der Kamp, La Petite Bande, Sigiswald Kuijken 1
1990 Kantaten Johann Sebastian Bach; Barbara Hendricks, Håkan Hardenberger, Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Peter Schreier 1
1990 Kantaten Nr. 19, 30 Johann Sebastian Bach; Windsbacher Knabenchor, Munchner Bachsolisten 1
1990 Klavier Konzerte BWV 1052 1057 1059 (The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra feat. conductor: Ton Koopman) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Konzerte für Cembalo und Streicher J.S. Bach; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
1990 Mass in B minor (Atlanta Symphony Orchestra & Chamber Chorus feat. conductor: Robert Shaw) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Mathäus-Passion BWV 244 - Leonhardt Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Messe H-Moll, BWV 232 J.S. Bach; Isabelle Poulenard, Guillemette Laurens, René Jacobs, John Elwes, Max van Egmond, Harry van der Kamp, Collegium Musicum Van de Nederlandse Bachvereging, La Petite Bande, Gustav Leonhardt 2
1990 Motetten (Kammerchor Stuttgart feat. Frieder Bernius) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1990 Oboenkonzerte BWV 1053, 1055, 1059 Johann Sebastian Bach; Douglas Boyd, The Chamber Orchestra of Europe 1
1990 Orchestral Suites Nos. 1 & 4 (Mainz Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Günter Kehr) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Organ Compositions: BWV 539, 589, 542, 544 & 546 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ivan Sokol 1
1990 Organ Works (Daniel Chorzempa) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Orgelwerke IV Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1990 Orgelwerke V Bach; Ton Koopman 2
1990 Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (Nathan Milstein) Johann Sebastian Bach 4 2
1990 Sonatas Nos. 1, 2, 3 for Violin and Harpsichord (violin: Igor Oistrakh, harpsichord: Natalia Zertsalova) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Sonatas Nos. 4, 5, 6 for Violin and Harpsichord (violin: Igor Oistrakh, harpsichord: Natalia Zertsalova) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Nos. 1-12, BWV 846-857 (Cembalo: Christiane Jaccottet) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1990 Vier weltliche Kantaten (Collegium Aureum) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1991 The Harpsichord Concertos (The London Strings feat. conductor: Neville Marriner, harpsichord: Igor Kipnis) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1991 Organ Favourites J. S. Bach; Wolfgang Ruebsam 1
1991 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Chen Pi-hsien 2
1991 Motetten BWV 225-230 (Rostocker Motettenchor feat. conductor: Hartwig Eschenburg / Capella Fidicinia feat. conductor: Hans Grüss) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1991 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232 (Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Chorus feat. conductor: Sir Georg Solti) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1991 Orchestral Suites 1 - 4 J. S. Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 2
1991 Matthäus-Passion (1980 recording, not the 1959 one) Johann Sebastian Bach; Edith Mathis, Janet Baker, Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Matti Salminen, Münchener Bach-Chor, Münchener Bach-Orchester, Karl Richter 1

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