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
1993 The Seven Toccatas for Harpsichord Bach; Colin Tilney 1
1993 Trio Sonatas, BWV 525, 526 and 527 / Prelude and Fugue, BWV 543 Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 2
1993 Englische Suite No. 3 / Capriccio, BWV 992 / Transkriptionen fur Klavier Johann Sebastian Bach; Wilhelm Kempff 1
1993 Goldberg Variations Bach; Andrei Gavrilov 3
1993 Violinkonzerte, Volume I Bach, Vivaldi; Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, Franz Konwitschny, David Oistrach, Igor Oistrach 1
1993 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 2 & 5 / Suite no. 2 Bach; Musica Antiqua Köln, Reinhard Goebel 1
1993 Preludes & Fugues for Organ, Volume 4 J.S. Bach; Anthony Newman 1
1993 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Johann Sebastian Bach; Vladimir Feltsman 3
1993 Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Bach; Arthur Grumiaux 1
1993 The Great Fantasias, Preludes and Fugues Johann Sebastian Bach; Christopher Herrick 2
1993 Cello Suites, Volume 1 J. S. Bach; Csaba Onczay 1
1993 Toccatas, BWV 910 - 916 J.S. Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 2
1993 6 Flute Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; John Solum, Igor Kipnis, Barbara Bogatin 1
1993 6 Sonates en Trio & Passacaille et Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; François-Henri Houbart 1
1993 albert schweitzer plays bach Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Albert Schweitzer Plays Bach, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Albert Schweitzer 1
1993 Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Bach for Children Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Bach Masterpieces, Volume 5 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Bach Organ Recital Johann Sebastian Bach; Anton Heiller 1
1993 Bach: Great Organ Works, Peter Hurford Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Brandenburg Concertos / Triple Concertos Bach; Kammerorchester Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Peter Schreier 2
1993 Brandenburg Concertos No. 1-4 / Badinerie BWV 1067 Johann Sebastian Bach; Musici di San Marco, Francesco Macci 1
1993 Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Prague Chamber Soloists, Andrew Mogrelia 3
1993 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 5 & 6 Bach; Festival Strings of Lucerne, Baumgartner 1
1993 Brandenburger Concerti no. 1 in F major / no. 3 in G major / no. 4 in G major Johann Sebastian Bach; Philharmonia Slavonica, Karel Brazda 1
1993 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nos. 1-3 Bach; Bath Festival Orchestra, Yehudi Menuhin 1
1993 Brandenburgische Konzerte Selections NOS. 1-4 & 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Deutsche Bachsolisten, Helmut Winschermann 1
1993 Cantatas - Volume III Johann Sebastian Bach; American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas 1
1993 Classic Gold: Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 2, 3 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Classic Gold: Brandenburg Concertos nos. 4, 5, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Concerti BWV 972-976,978, 981 Organi della "Nuova Olanda" Johann Sebastian Bach; Eduardo Bellotti 1
1993 Corali dell'Autografo di Lipsia Johann Sebastian Bach; Lorenzo Ghielmi 1
1993 Die Kunst der Fuge (Anton Bagatov) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Die Kunst der Fuge, BWV 1080 Bach; Marie‐Claire Alain 1
1993 Double Violin Concerto / Violin Partita / Orchestral Suite no. 2 Bach; Camerata Rhenania, Hanspeter Gmür, Francesco Macci, Conrad von der Goltz 1
1993 Goldberg Variations JS Bach; Vladimir Feltsman 2
1993 Harpsichord Concertos Bach; Igor Kipnis, The London Strings, Neville Marriner 1
1993 Himmelfahrts-Oratorium / Oratorio de l'ascension BWV 11 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Keyboard Concertos Bach; St. Petersburg Classical Music Studio Orchestra, Aleksander Titov 1
1993 L'oeuvre pour orgue et orchestre Johann Sebastian Bach; André Isoir, Le Parlement de Musique, Martin Gester 1
1993 Les quatres toccatas et fugues Johann Sebastian Bach; André Isoir 1
1993 Matthäus Passion, BWV 244 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, De Nederlandse Bachvereniging & Sacramentskoor Breda 1
1993 Ouvertùren Nos 3 & 4, Konzerte Concertos BWV 1060 & 1063 Johann Sebastian Bach; Deutsche Bachsolisten, Helmut Winschermann 1
1993 Overturen Nos. 1&2 Brandenburgisches Konzert Nr.5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Deutsche Bachsolisten 1
1993 Prelude & Fuge, Aria, Toccatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Kenneth Gilbert 1
1993 Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin Johann Sebastian Bach; Nathan Milstein 1
1993 Sonatas for Violin and Piano Johann Sebastian Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach, Viktoria Mullova, Bruno Canino 1
1993 St. John Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Annegeer Stumphius, James Bowman, Van der Meel, Christoph Prégardien, Kristinn Sigmundsson, Peter Kooij, Netherlands Chamber Choir, Frans Brüggen 1
1993 St. Matthew Passion J. S. Bach; Verebits, Németh, Mukk, Köves, Gáti, Cser, Hungarian Festival Choir, Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Géza Oberfrank 1
1993 St. Matthew Passion Excerpts ("Jeunesses Musicales" Chorus, Franz Liszt Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Frigyes Sándor) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 Stokowski's Symphonic Bach Johann Sebastian Bach, Leopold Stokowski; BBC Philharmonic, Matthias Bamert 1
1993 Suites for Lute Johann Sebastian Bach; Kazuhito Yamashita 1
1993 Suites pour luth baroque Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1993 The Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Gustav Leonhardt 2
1993 The French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Keith Jarrett 1
1993 The Glenn Gould Edition: The Well-Tempered Clavier I Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1993 The Glenn Gould Edition: The Well-Tempered Clavier II Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1993 The Goldberg Variations J. S. Bach; Jean Guillou 1
1993 The Great Solo Works, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Rosalyn Tureck 1
1993 Toccata & Fugue en Ré mineur / Chorals Schübler / Passacaille & Fugue Bach; Marie‐Claire Alain 5
1993 Transcendental Bach Bach; Thomas Labé 1
1993 Trio Sonatas BWV 525-530 Johann Sebastian Bach; Simon Preston 1
1993 Trio Sonatas, BWV 525 - 530 Johann Sebastian Bach; John Butt 1
1993 Variations Goldberg BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach; Blandine Verlet 1
1993 Variations Goldberg BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach; Pierre Hantaï 5
1993 Werke für Orgel Johann Sebastian Bach; Albert Schweitzer 1
1994 Le clavier bien-tempéré, premier livre Johann Sebastian Bach; Blandine Verlet 1
1994 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1994 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 4 1
1994 Matthäus-Passion (1959 recording, not the 1980 one) Johann Sebastian Bach; Irmgard Seefried, Hertha Töpper, Ernst Haefliger, Kieth Engen, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Münchener Bach‐Chor, Münchener Bach‐Orchester, Karl Richter 2
1994 Johannes Passion BWV245 Johann Sebastian Bach; Koor Nederlandse Bachvereinigung, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 1
1994 Baroque Violin Concertos Bach, Vivaldi 1
1994 Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 3, 4 & 6 (Orchestra "Classical Music Studio", St. Petersburg feat. conductor: Alexander Titov) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1994 Lute Music Johann Sebastian Bach; Jakob Lindberg 1
1994 Goldberg-Variationen Johann Sebastian Bach; Wilhelm Kempff 1
1994 Partitas for Violin Solo Bach; Viktoria Mullova 1
1994 Cantates BWV 106, 4 / Motet der Gerechte kommt um Jean-Sébastien Bach; Petits Chanteurs de Versailles 1
1994 6 Cello Suiten (1984 recordings) Johann Sebastian Bach; Mischa Maisky 1
1994 Kantaten, Vol. 5: Sonntage nach Trinitatis II Bach; Münchener Bach‐Chor, Münchener Bach‐Orchester, Karl Richter 1
1994 Cello Suites, Volume 2: Nos. 4-6, BWV 1010-1012 Johann Sebastian Bach; Csaba Onczay 3 1
1994 Clavierübung III, Volume 2 J. S. Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 2
1994 Clavierübung III, Volume I J. S. Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 2
1994 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II Johann Sebastian Bach; Jenő Jandó 1
1994 Bach Violin Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Ruggiero Ricci, City of London Ensemble 3 1
1994 Fantasia in C minor / Two-Part Inventions / Three-Part Inventions / Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Hewitt 1
1994 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1, 2, & 3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Boston Baroque, Martin Pearlman 1
1994 Suites for Solo Violoncello, BWV 1007-1012, Volume 1: Suites 1-3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Simon Rowland-Jones 1
1994 Weihnachtsoratorium (BWV 248) - Arien und Chöre Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach‐Chor, Münchener Bach‐Orchester, Karl Richter 1
1994 Prelude, Fugue, and Allegro / Lute Suite No. 1 / Chaconne / Lute Suite No. 4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Julian Bream 1
1994 The 6 Cello Suites J. S. Bach; Maurice Gendron 2
1994 Organ Masterpieces J.S. Bach; Otto Winter 1
1994 Sonatas & Partitas Bach; Shlomo Mintz 1
1994 Werke für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Narciso Yepes 1
1994 Weihnachtsoratorium Johann Sebastian Bach; Ludwig Güttler, Christiane Oelze, Annette Markert, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Oliver Widmer, Concentus Vocalis Vienna, Virtuosi Saxoniae 1
1994 Das Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), Volume I Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1994 Das Orgelbüchlein (The Little Organ Book), Volume II Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1994 Orgelbüchlein Johann Sebastian Bach; Christopher Herrick 1
1994 Famous Baroque Concerti Bach, Handel, Vivaldi; Budapest Strings 1
1994 3 Sonaten für Viola da Gamba und Cembalo Johann Sebastian Bach; Kim Kashkashian, Keith Jarrett 1

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