Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician)

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Annotation

For the BWV catalogue of Bach's works, see Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis.

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 2016-05-05 08:30 UTC.

Wikipedia

Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March [O.S. 21 March] 1685 – 28 July 1750) was a composer and musician of the Baroque period, born in the Duchy of Saxe-Eisenach. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations as well as for vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.

The Bach family already counted several composers when Johann Sebastian was born as the last child of a city musician in Eisenach. After becoming an orphan at age 10, he lived for five years with his eldest brother, after which he continued his musical development in Lüneburg. From 1703 he was back in Thuringia, working as a musician for Protestant churches in Arnstadt and Mühlhausen and, for longer stretches of time, at courts in Weimar—where he expanded his repertoire for the organ—and Köthen—where he was mostly engaged with chamber music. From 1723 he was employed as Thomaskantor (cantor at St. Thomas) in Leipzig. He composed music for the principal Lutheran churches of the city, and for its university's student ensemble Collegium Musicum. From 1726 he published some of his keyboard and organ music. In Leipzig, as had happened in some of his earlier positions, he had a difficult relation with his employer, a situation that was little remedied when he was granted the title of court composer by the Elector of Saxony and King of Poland in 1736. In the last decades of his life he reworked and extended many of his earlier compositions. He died of complications after eye surgery in 1750.

Bach enriched established German styles through his mastery of counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and his adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include hundreds of cantatas, both sacred and secular. He composed Latin church music, Passions, oratorios, and motets. He often adopted Lutheran hymns, not only in his larger vocal works, but for instance also in his four-part chorales and his sacred songs. He wrote extensively for organ and for other keyboard instruments. He composed concertos, for instance for violin and for harpsichord, and suites, as chamber music as well as for orchestra. Many of his works employ the genres of canon and fugue.

Throughout the 18th century Bach was mostly renowned as an organist, while his keyboard music, such as The Well-Tempered Clavier, was appreciated for its didactic qualities. The 19th century saw the publication of some major Bach biographies, and by the end of that century all of his known music had been printed. Dissemination of scholarship on the composer continued through periodicals and websites exclusively devoted to him, and other publications such as the Bach-Werke-Verzeichnis (BWV, a numbered catalogue of his works) and new critical editions of his compositions. His music was further popularised through a multitude of arrangements, including for instance the Air on the G String, and of recordings, for instance three different box sets with complete performances of the composer's works marking the 250th anniversary of his death.

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Discography

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach; Enoch zu Guttenberg, Chorgemeinschaft Neubeuern, Orchester der KlangVerwaltung 1
1998 Orgelwerke BWV 525, 552, 565, 645-650, 768 Johann Sebastian Bach; Helmut Walcha 1
1998 The Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Kurt Rodarmer 1
1998 Johannes-Passion BWV 245 Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomanerchor, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Hans-Joachim Rotzsch 1
1998 Cantatas, Volume 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1998 Goldberg Variationen, BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach; Lela Katsarava 1
1998 Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach; Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe 2
1998 The Six Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; E. Power Biggs 1
1998 Cantates pour alto J.S. Bach; Andreas Scholl, Orchestre du Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1998 English Suites Nos. 1, 3 & 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Murray Perahia 2
1998 Concertos for Two, Three and Four Harpsichords Johann Sebastian Bach; Robert Hill, Michael Behringer, Gerald Hambitzer, Christoph Anselm Noll, Roderick Shaw, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller‐Brühl 1
1998 Brandenburg Concertos 1 3 & 4 / Cto Bwv 1044 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 Violin Concerti - Suite No. 3 in D Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 Cantatas, Volume 7 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1998 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Bach; Elizabeth Wallfisch, Paul Nicholson 1
1998 The Musical Offering Johann Sebastian Bach; Capella Istropolitana, Christian Benda 1
1998 Brandenburg Concertos; Violin Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Scottish Ensemble, Jonathan Rees 1
1998 Puyana Plays Bach Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach; Rafael Puyana 1
1998 Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 1, 2, 3 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 Die Kunst der Fuge Johann Sebastian Bach; Keller Quartet 2
1998 Die Kunst der Fuge (Keller Quartett) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 BBC Music, Volume 6, Number 11: Fantasias and Fugues Bach, Liszt, Brahms; Wayne Marshall 1
1998 Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin Johann Sebastian Bach; Paul Galbraith 1
1998 Complete Cantatas, Volume 7 Bach; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman 2
1998 Cantatas, Volume 8 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1998 Die Sonaten für Viola da gamba und Cembalo Johann Sebastian Bach; Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman 1
1998 Bach: Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 4, 5, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 6 suites per violoncello solo senza basso Johann Sebastian Bach; Pieter Wispelwey 1
1998 "Jesu, meine Freude" Johann Sebastian Bach; The Taverner Choir, Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott 1
1998 Organ Works, Volume 11 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 2
1998 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 Bach; Angela Hewitt 1
1998 Orkestsuites / Brandenburgse Concerten / Musikalisches Opfer / Kunst der Fuge (Stuttgarter Kammerorchester feat. conductor: Karl Münchinger) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
1998 "Mit Freund und Freud", Kantaten 8, 125, 138 J.S. Bach; Deborah York, Ingeborg Danz, Mark Padmore, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe 5 2
1998 Weihnachts-Oratorium Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1998 Flute Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Michael Form, Fabio Bonizzoni 1
1998 Epiphany Mass Johann Sebastian Bach; Gabrieli Consort & Players, Paul McCreesh 1
1998 Jagd-Kantate / Kaffee-Kantate Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
1998 Violoncello Solo Suites I-VI Johann Sebastian Bach; Paolo Beschi 1
1998 Cantatas, BWV 4–6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 2
1998 Cantatas, BWV 7–9 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 2
1998 Cantatas, Volume 9 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1998 6 Suites for Cello Johann Sebastian Bach; Jean-Max Clément 1
1998 Bach Johann Sebastian Bach; Fazıl Say 2
1998 Bach's Circle J. S. Bach, J. C. F. Bach, Telemann, Couperin; Allan Vogel 1
1998 Brandenburg Concertos J. S. Bach; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin 4
1998 Brandenburg Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 Complete Cantatas Volume 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra 1
1998 Concerto for Piano and Orchestra No. 1 in D minor / Partitas Nos. 5, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Michal Mašek, City of Prague Philharmonic Chamber Group, Jiří Bělohlávek 1
1998 Easter Oratorio BWV 249 / Magnificat BWV 243 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman 1
1998 Goldberg Variations Bach; Abram Bezuijen 1
1998 Heart's Solace J. S. Bach; Taverner Consort & Players, Andrew Parrott 1
1998 J.S. Bach - Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 J.S.Bach: 3 Cello Sonatas / Vivaldi: 2 Cello Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach, Antonio Vivaldi; Mischa Maisky, Martha Argerich, Orpheus Chamber Orchestra 1
1998 Kantaten "Kreutzstab" (BWV 56) & "Ich Habe Genug" (BWV 82) J.S. Bach; Max van Egmond, Dutch Baroque Orchestra, Frans Brüggen 1
1998 La Passion selon Saint Matthieu Johann Sebastian Bach; Hermann Scherchen 1
1998 Mass in B minor J. S. Bach; Danco, Ferrier, Pears, Boyce, BBC Chorus, Boyd Neel Orchestra, George Enescu 1
1998 Matthäus Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Baroque Orchestra Florilegium Musicum, Pieter Jan Leusink 1
1998 Messe BWV 232 h-moll Johann Sebastian Bach; Invernizzi, Dawson, Banditelli, Prégardien, Mertens, Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano, Sonatori de la Gioiosa Marca, Diego Fasolis 1
1998 Organ Works, Volume 7 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1998 Organ Works, Volume 8 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1998 Partitas for Keyboard Johann Sebastian Bach; Robert Woolley 1
1998 Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin Johann Sebastian Bach; Nathan Milstein 1
1998 Suites violoncelle 1 à 3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Evžen Rattay 1
1998 The Art of Fugue (Amsterdam Loeki Stardust Quartet) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1998 The French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Andrei Gavrilov 2
1998 Toccata & Fuge:Berühmte Orgelwerke Johann Sebastian Bach; Karl Richter 2
1998 Toccata and Fugue in D minor J. S. Bach; Peter Hurford 1
1998 Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Bine Bryndorf 2
1998 Violoncello Solo Suites IV, V, VI Johann Sebastian Bach ; Paolo Beschi 1
1999 Bach-Busoni: Chaconne / Beethoven: Rondo, op. 51 no. 2 / Rondo a capriccio, op. 129 / Schumann: Kreisleriana, op. 16 Bach/Busoni, Beethoven; Schumann; Evgeny Kissin 1
1999 J. S. Bach: The Brook and the Wellspring (NPR Milestones of the Millennium) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 English Suites nos. 2, 4 & 5 Bach; Murray Perahia 2
1999 "Wir danken dir, Gott": Cantatas 29, 119 & 120 J.S. Bach; Deborah York, Ingeborg Danz, Mark Padmore, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1999 Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Volume 2 J. S. Bach; Lucy van Dael 1
1999 The Clavierübung Chorales Johann Sebastian Bach; Christopher Herrick 1
1999 Cantatas BWV 27-29 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 1
1999 Cantatas, BWV 35–37 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 2
1999 Cantatas, BWV 38–40 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 2
1999 Cantatas, BWV 41–42 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 2
1999 Organ Works: Scales from Weimar Johann Sebastian Bach; Martin Lücker 1
1999 Secular Cantatas BWV 208, 209 Johann Sebastian Bach; Sibylla Rubens, Eva Kirchner, James Taylor, Matthias Goerne, Gächinger Kantorei, Bach Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 2
1999 Simply Baroque Johann Sebastian Bach, Luigi Boccherini; Yo‐Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 2
1999 Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1999 Kantaten I Johann Sebastian Bach; Karl Richter 1
1999 The Brandenburg Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 Schumann: Piano Sonata no. 1 / Scarlatti: 5 Keyboard Sonatas / Bach / Tchaikovsky / Prokofiev Schumann, Scarlatti, Bach, Tchaikovsky, Prokofiev; Emil Gilels 1
1999 Suite française No. 5, Overture in the French Style Johann Sebastian Bach; Piotr Anderszewski 1
1999 Cantatas, BWV 43–45 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 2
1999 Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1 - 4 J.S. Bach; Gerard Schwarz, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra 1
1999 Magnificat Johann Kuhnau, Jan Dismas Zelenka, Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1999 Lutheran Masses, Volume 1 J. S. Bach; The Purcell Quartet, Susan Gritton, Robin Blaze, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey 1
1999 Cantatas BWV 49-52 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 1
1999 Cantatas BWV 58-61 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Ensemble, Helmuth Rilling 1
1999 Markus Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; The Ring Ensemble, European Union Baroque Orchestra, Roy Goodman 1
1999 Inventions and Sinfonias Johann Sebastian Bach; Gustav Leonhardt 4
1999 Organ Works: The Young Bach - A Virtuoso Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 St. Matthew Passion BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
1999 The Brandenburg Concertos J.S. Bach; Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 1
1999 Goldberg Variations - Italian Concerto - Chromatic Fantasia & Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Maggie Cole 1

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