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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 German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and 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
1999 Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
1999 6 Suites for Solo Cello BWV 1007-1012 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ralph Kirshbaum 1
1999 7 Toccatas J. S. Bach; Jory Vinikour 1
1999 Bach Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Matthias Goerne, Sir Roger Norrington 3 1
1999 Bach in extenso Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 Cantatas BWV 158 & 203. Arias & Chorals (Cantatas BWV 8, 13, 73, 123, 157 & 158) Johann Sebastian Bach; Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau 1
1999 Cantatas, Nos 51, 82a, 84, 199, 202 & 209 Johann Sebastian Bach; Nancy Argenta, Sonnerie, Monica Huggett 1
1999 Cantates BWV 82 - 49 - 58 (La Petite Bande) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 Cello Suites Nos. 1-3 Bach; Paul Tortelier 1
1999 Chamber Music for the Flute Johann Sebastian Bach; Jean‐Claude Gérard 1
1999 Christmas Oratorio Johann Sebastian Bach; New London Consort, Philip Pickett 1
1999 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 J. S. Bach; Bach Choir of Bethlehem, Bach Festival Orchestra, Greg Funfgeld 1
1999 Complete Cantatas, Volume 8 Bach; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman 1
1999 Complete Lute Works Johann Sebastian Bach; Heiki Mätlik 1
1999 Complete Orchestral Works 2: Violin Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller-Brühl 1
1999 Das wohltemperierte Clavier Johann Sebastian Bach; Davitt Moroney 1
1999 Deutsche Grammophon Collection: Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach; Simon Preston 1
1999 Goldbergtibrigðin, BWV 988 Bach; Helga Ingólfsdóttir 1
1999 Januskopf Bach - Cage Bach, Cage; Christoph Ullrich, Moritz Stoepel 1
1999 Johann Sebastian Bach / Bach 2000 - St Matthew Passion - Six Excerpts Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 Johannes-Passion, BWV 245 Johann Sebastian Bach; Coro della Radio Svizzera, Lugano, Ensemble Vanitas, Diego Fasolis 1
1999 Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach; The Bach Ensemble, Rifkin 1
1999 Michelangeli Vol.7: Bach - Scarlatti - Galuppi Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli, Bach, Scarlatti, Galuppi 1
1999 Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069 Johann Sebastian Bach; Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling 2
1999 Organ Works, Volume 9 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1999 Organ Works, Volume 10 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1999 Orgelwerke: Clavier Übung, Dritter Theil Johann Sebastian Bach; Kay Johannsen 2
1999 Partitas nos. 4, 2 and 5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Goode 1
1999 Secular Cantatas BWV 210, 211 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
1999 Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Volume 1 J. S. Bach; Lucy van Dael 1
1999 St Mark Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Choir of Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge, The Cambridge Baroque Camerata, Geoffrey Webber 1
1999 The Cello Suites, Volume 1 (1979 recordings) Bach; Anner Bylsma 3
1999 The Cello Suites, Volume 2 (1979 recordings) Bach; Anner Bylsma 2
1999 The Six Partitas, BWV 825-830 J. S. Bach; Lucy Carolan 1
1999 The Well-Tempered Clavier J.S. Bach; Bob van Asperen 1
1999 Toccata & Fugue - Famous Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1999 Violin Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Elizabeth Wallfisch, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment 1
1999 Violin Concertos - Chaconne Johann Sebastian Bach; Orchestre Symphonique de Paris, George Enescu, Yehudi Menuhin 1
1999 Wedding Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Emma Kirkby, Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1999 Weihnachtskantaten, BWV 122, 110, 57 J.S. Bach; Vasilijka Jezovek, Sarah Connolly, Mark Padmore, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe 1
1999 Winds of Mars Johann Sebastian Bach feat. Roderick Kettlewell 1
2000 Brandenburg Concertos / Concerto BWV 596 / Largo (Concerto BWV 1056) Bach; Alfred Cortot, Orchestre de l’École Normale de Musique, Paris 1
2000 Double Concertos Bach, Mozart, Brahms; Jascha Heifetz 3
2000 Bach as Teacher: Keyboard Works from the Cöthen Period Johann Sebastian Bach; Robert Hill 1
2000 Magnificat D major, BWV 243 / Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden, BWV 1083 Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Complete Orchestral Works 3: Harpsichord Concertos I (Cologne Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Helmut Müller-Brühl) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Complete Orchestral Works 4: Harpsichord Concertos II (Cologne Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Helmut Müller-Brühl) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Complete Orchestral Works 5: Harpsichord Concertos III Johann Sebastian Bach; Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller-Brühl 1
2000 BBC Music, Volume 8, Number 5: Four Violin Sonatas, Toccata and Fugue, BWV 565 JS Bach; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden 1
2000 Gamba Sonatas Bach; Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Miklós Spányi 1
2000 The Neumeister Chorales Johann Sebastian Bach; Christopher Herrick 1
2000 Cantatas, Easter: BWV 6, 66 Johann Sebastian Bach; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 Four Harpsichord Suites / Clavichord Pieces J.S. Bach; Olivier Baumont 2
2000 Violin Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Andrew Manze, Richard Egarr, Jaap ter Linden 1
2000 Lutheran Masses, Volume 2 J. S. Bach; The Purcell Quartet, Nancy Argenta, Michael Chance, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey 1
2000 The Six Suites for Cello J.S. Bach; Barbara Westphal 1
2000 Cantatas, Volume 12 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2000 Das Wohltemperierte Clavier - Teil 1, BWV 846-869 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ralph Kirkpatrick 1
2000 Toccata et fugue / Chorals "Schübler" Johann Sebastian Bach; Lionel Rogg 1
2000 Englische Suiten, BWV 806–811 Johann Sebastian Bach; Robert Levin 2
2000 Organ Works: Leipzig Chorales BWV 651-667 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bine Katrine Bryndorf 2
2000 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Hewitt 2
2000 Cantatas for the 3rd Sunday after Epiphany: BWV 72, 73, 111, 156 (The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists feat. conductor: John Eliot Gardiner) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 French Suites J S Bach; Davitt Moroney 1
2000 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Les Violons du Roy, Bernard Labadie 1
2000 Sonatas & Partitas Johann Sebastian Bach; Hopkinson Smith 2
2000 St. John Passion BWV 245 Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; 伊藤栄麻 1
2000 Concertos, Volume 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, Ryo Terakado 1
2000 Matthäus-Passion BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christoph Prégardien, Matthias Goerne, Christine Schäfer, Dorothea Röschmann, Bernarda Fink, Elisabeth von Magnus, Michael Schade, Markus Schäfer, Dietrich Henschel, Oliver Widmer, Arnold Schönberg Chor, Wiener Sängerknaben, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 3
2000 Brandenburg Concertos J.S. Bach; Le Concert des Nations, La Capella Reial de Catalunya, Jordi Savall 2
2000 Cantatas for Ascension Day Johann Sebastian Bach; The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 Johann Sebastian Bach: Goldberg-Variationen Johann Sebastian Bach; Ragna Schirmer 1
2000 Bach's Goldberg Variations Bach; Jacques Loussier Trio 2
2000 Clavier-Übung Johann Sebastian Bach; Ralph Kirkpatrick 1
2000 The Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Evgeni Koroliov 1
2000 Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; The Purcell Quartet 1
2000 Arie e cori per voci bianche. Magnificat BWV 243 Johann Sebastian Bach; Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2000 Guitar Recital J.S. Bach, M. Ponce, W. Walton, F. Tárrega, S. Šulek; Ana Vidović 1
2000 Six Suites for Solo Cello Johann Sebastian Bach; Torleif Thedéen 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 82, 83, 125, 200 Johann Sebastian Bach; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 Cantatas, Whitsun: BWV 34, 59, 74, 172 (The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists feat. Conductor John Eliot Gardiner) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Transcriptions Johann Sebastian Bach; BBC Philharmonic, Leonard Slatkin 1
2000 Reconstructed Violin Concertos BWV 1052R, 1056R, 1064R, 1045 Johann Sebastian Bach; Isabelle Faust, Muriel Cantoreggi, Christoph Poppen, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 3
2000 Sechs Partiten, BWV 825–830 (1998-99 recordings) Bach; Trevor Pinnock 3
2000 Secular Cantatas BWV 206, 207a, 207 Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Fantasias & Fugues Johann Sebastian Bach; Masaaki Suzuki 2
2000 Complete Lute Music Johann Sebastian Bach; Frederic Zigante 1
2000 Inventionen & Sinfonien, BWV 772–801 Johann Sebastian Bach; Evgeni Koroliov 2
2000 Solo Partita No. 3 / No. 5 / No. 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Igor Kipnis 1
2000 Simply Baroque II Bach, Boccherini; Yo‐Yo Ma, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 3
2000 Die Kunst der Fuge Johann Sebastian Bach; Hans Fagius 1
2000 Die Kunst der Fuge Johann Sebastian Bach; The Delmé String Quartet 1
2000 Cantatas: BWV 98, 139, 16 Johann Sebastian Bach; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 The Brandenburg Concertos J. S. Bach; Apollo's Fire, Jeannette Sorrell 1
2000 The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin Bach; James Ehnes 2
2000 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 1-6 (Gesamtaufnahme) Johann Sebastian Bach; Raymond Leppard, English Chamber Orchestra 1
2000 Panorama Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Transcriptions Bach; Los Angeles Philharmonic, Esa-Pekka Salonen 1
2000 Gamba Sonatas J. S. Bach; Jaap ter Linden, Richard Egarr 1

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