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.


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 around two hundred survive. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in 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
2002 Toshio Hosokawa / J. S. Bach / Isang Yun Toshio Hosokawa, J. S. Bach, Isang Yun; Thomas Demenga 1
2002 Vengerov Plays Bach, Shchedrin, Ysaye Bach, Shchedrin, Ysaÿe; Maxim Vengerov 1
2002 Violin Concertos BWV 1041-1043 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach-Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2002 Violoncello Piccolo Johann Sebastian Bach; Anner Bylsma 1
2002 Þórarinn Jónsson / Johann Sebastian Bach / Hallgrímur Helgason / Hafliði Hallgrímsson Þórarinn Jónsson, Johann Sebastian Bach, Hallgrímur Helgason, Hafliði Hallgrímsson; Guðný Guðmundsdóttir 2
2003 The #1 Bach Album Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 The Art of Fugue Bach; Fretwork 1
2003 David Russell Plays Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 4–6 / Triple Concerto BWV 1044 Johann Sebastian Bach; The English Concert, Trevor Pinnock 1
2003 Cantatas BWV 4 & BWV 131 J.S. Bach 1
2003 St. Matthew Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Paul McCreesh 1
2003 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach, Alexis Weissenberg 1
2003 Cantatas, Volume 21 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2003 Partitas nos. 1, 3, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Goode 1
2003 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 2 J.S. Bach; Rosalyn Tureck 1
2003 6 Motetten Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomanerchor Leipzig, Günther Ramin 1
2003 Bach Piano Transcriptions 3 Johann Sebastian Bach / Friedman, Grainger, Murdoch; Piers Lane 1
2003 St John Passion, BWV 245 (The Choir of New College Oxford, Collegium Novum feat. conductor: Edward Higginbottom) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 Le Clavier bien tempéré, premier livre Johann Sebastian Bach; Pierre Hantaï 1
2003 Bach: Fugue & Gavotte / Villa-Lobos: Preludes / Castelnuovo-Tedesco: Tonadilla & Tarantella / Granados: Danza triste Bach, Villa-Lobos, Castelnuovo-Tedesco, Granados; Andrés Segovia 1
2003 French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Masaaki Suzuki 1
2003 Suites a violoncello solo senza basso Johann Sebastian Bach; Ophélie Gaillard 1
2003 The Art of Fugue Bach; Emerson String Quartet 1
2003 Complete Lute Suites Bach; Sharon Isbin 1
2003 Cantatas, Volume 22 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2003 Concertos Bach; Hilary Hahn, Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, Jeffrey Kahane 6
2003 Orchestral Transcriptions Johann Sebastian Bach; Boston Symphony Orchestra, Seiji Ozawa 1
2003 Cantatas & Masses J S Bach; Barbara Schlick, Agnès Mellon, Gérard Lesne, Charles Brett, Howard Crook, Christoph Prégardien, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe 1
2003 Cantatas, BWV 82 and 199 Johann Sebastian Bach; Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 1
2003 Sonate & Partite per violino solo eseguite sul violoncello Johann Sebastian Bach; Vito Paternoster 1
2003 Bach: Preludes, Fughettas and Fugues Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2003 Goldberg Variations (2001 recording) Johann Sebastian Bach; András Schiff 1
2003 Preludes, Fughettas and Fugues Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2003 The English Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Hewitt 2
2003 Organ Masterpieces, Volume 1 J.S. Bach; Marie-Claire Alain 1
2003 Organ Masterpieces, Volume 2 Bach; Marie-Claire Alain 1
2003 Murray Perahia plays Bach Concertos Bach; Murray Perahia 3
2003 Cello Suites J. S. Bach; Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2003 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
2003 Leipziger Weihnachtskantaten J.S. Bach; Collegium Vocale Gent, Philippe Herreweghe 1
2003 Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (Hallenser Madrigalisten & Virtuosi Saxoniae) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 Cantatas, Volume 23 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2003 6 sonate per violino e cembalo Johann Sebastian Bach; Christine Busch, Kay Johannsen 1
2003 Arias & Duets Johann Sebastian Bach; Sara Macliver, Sally-Anne Russell, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker 1
2003 Bach Recital Vol. 2 - Transcriptions Johann Sebastian Bach; Cyprien Katsaris 1
2003 Bach: 50 Classical Highlights (Dolby Surround Classics) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 Brandenburg Concertos no. 4 in G major / no. 5 in D major / no. 6 in B-flat major Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Raymond Leppard 1
2003 Cantatas, Volume 14 J.S. Bach; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman 1
2003 Cantates Pour Alto Bwv 35, 53 & 82 Johann Sebastian Bach; René Jacobs, Ensemble 415 & Chiara Banchini 1
2003 Goldberg Variations Bach; Gwendolyn Toth 1
2003 h-moll-Messe, BWV 232 Johann Sebastian Bach; Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel 1
2003 Inventions & Sinfonies Johann Sebastian Bach; Elisabeth Joyé 1
2003 Keisuke Wakao Plays Bach, Mozart, Britten, Prokofiev with Friends of the Boston Symphony Orchestra Bach, Mozart, Britten, Prokofiev; Keisuke Wakao, Boston Symphony Orchestra 2
2003 L'Art de la Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Davitt Moroney 1
2003 Lieder ohne Wort; Transkriptionen für Oboe und Orchester Johann Sebastian Bach; Albrecht Mayer, Sinfonia Varsovia 1
2003 Missa Sapientiae / Magnificat Antonio Lotti, Johann Sebastian Bach; Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock 1
2003 Organ Works Vol. 14: Arrangements Part I Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 Per cembalo solo... Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Egarr 1
2003 Rhapsody in Blue: Bach Piano Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2003 Sonatas y partitas para violín solo BWV 1001 - 1006 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ara Malikian 1
2003 Suites Anglaises Johann Sebastian Bach; Blandine Rannou 1
2003 The Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Chamber Orchestra of the Vienna State Opera, Felix Prohaska 1
2003 The Perlman Edition: Violin Concertos Bach; Perlman, Barenboim, Zukerman, Still 1
2003 The Six Cello Suites J. S. Bach; Marc Coppey 1
2003 Weihnachts Oratorium Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2004 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I J.S. Bach; Daniel Barenboim 1
2004 Suites anglaises Johann Sebastian Bach; Christophe Rousset 1
2004 Goldberg Variations Bach; Pierre Hantaï 1
2004 Sonatas and Partitas J S Bach; Monica Huggett 1
2004 Goldberg-Variationen, BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach; Martin Stadtfeld 1
2004 Cantatas, Volume 24 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2004 Achtzehn Leipziger Choräle Johann Sebastian Bach; Almut Rößler 1
2004 Das wohltemperierte Klavier, Buch I J. S. Bach; Till Fellner 1
2004 H-Moll-Messe (Herbert von Karajan) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2004 Concerti italiani Bach, Vivaldi, Marcello, Marcello; Concerto Italiano, Rinaldo Alessandrini 1
2004 The Complete Orchestral Suites J. S. Bach; Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 1
2004 Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Janet See, Davitt Moroney 1
2004 Sonates en Trio Jean-Sebastien Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach; Valérie Balssa, Jean-Pierre Pinet 1
2004 The Conductors' Transcriptions Johann Sebastian Bach; BBC Symphony Orchestra, Leonard Slatkin 1
2004 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Claudio Arrau; Wanda Landowska 1
2004 Cantatas, Volume 25 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2004 Fantasia and Fugue in A minor / Aria variata / Sonata in D major / Suite in F minor Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Hewitt 2
2004 Bach's Passion Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2004 L'Art de la fugue, BWV 1080 Johann Sebastian Bach; Isoir 1
2004 Bach: Partita no. 2 for Violin Solo / Ysaÿe: Sonata no. 1 for Violin Solo / Bartók: Sonata for Violin Solo Bach, Bartók, Ysaÿe; Baiba Skride 1
2004 Brandenburg Concertos 4-6, BWV 1049-1051 / Orchestral Suite no. 2, BWV 1067 J.S. Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman, Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
2004 Obras para laúd Johann Sebastian Bach; Andreas Martin 1
2004 Cello Suites Bach; Paul Tortelier 2
2004 Concertos italiens Bach; Alexandre Tharaud 2
2004 Suites Françaises Johann Sebastian Bach;Christophe Rousset 1
2004 Bach Piano Transcriptions 4 Johann Sebastian Bach / Samuil Feinberg; Martin Roscoe 1
2004 Weihnachtsoratorium, BWV 248 (Dresdner Kreuzchor & Dresdner Philharmonie feat. conductor: Martin Flämig) Johann Sebastian Bach 2
2004 Bach Pur Bach; Martin Stadtfeld 1
2004 The 6 Cello Suites J.S. Bach; Antônio Meneses 5 1
2004 Concertos for Harpsichord and Strings, Volume 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Lars Ulrik Mortensen, Concerto Copenhagen 1
2004 Kantaten BWV 56, 82, 158 Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomas Quasthoff, Berliner Barock Solisten, Rainer Kussmaul 1
2004 Secular Cantatas: O holder Tag BWV 210 / Coffee Cantata BWV 211 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, Carolyn Sampson, Makoto Sakurada, Stephan Schreckenberger 1
2004 Cantatas, Volume 26 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2004 4 Suites for Lute Johann Sebastian Bach; Eduardo Fernández 1
2004 6 Suites à Violoncello Solo / Sonate à Cembalo è Viola da Gamba Johann Sebastian Bach; Wieland Kuijken, Piet Kuijken 1

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