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 German composer and musician of the Baroque period. 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

Album

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1994 Concertos Brandebourgeois 4 à 6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Philharmonia Slavonia 1
1994 Das Kantatenwerk/Sacred Cantatas, Volume 9: BWV 163-182 Johann Sebastian Bach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt & Gustav Leonhardt 1
1994 Easter Oratorio BWV 249, Cantata "Christ lag in Todes Banden" BWV 4 Johann Sebastian Bach, Taverner Players & Andrew Parrott 1
1994 English Suites, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 3
1994 Famous Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach; Ivan Sokol 3
1994 Flute Sonatas / Viola da Gamba Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Maxence Larrieu, Marçal Cervera, Wieland Kuijken, Rafael Puyana 1
1994 Französische Suiten Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 2
1994 French Suites BWV 812-817 / Overture in French Style BWV 831 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1994 Grandes Toccatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Jean Guillou 2
1994 Im Herzen der Klassik 27: Bach - Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 2, 3, 5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Mainzer Kammerorchester, Günter Kehr 1
1994 Im Herzen der Klassik 32: Bach - Orgelwerke Johann Sebastian Bach; Karol Golebiowsky 2
1994 Mass in B minor, BWV232 (Symphonieorchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks feat. conductor: Carlo Maria Giulini) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1994 Master Portrait Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1994 Matthäus Passion Bach; Utrecht Symphony Orchestra, Piet van Egmond 1
1994 Matthäus-Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart & Helmuth Rilling 1
1994 Messe h-Moll, BWV 232 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christine Schäfer, Ingeborg Danz, Markus Schäfer, Thomas Quasthoff, Windsbacher Knabenchor, Deutsche Kammerakademie Neuss, Karl-Friedrich Beringer 2
1994 Music From the Well-Tempered Clavier With Baroque Realisations by Richard Barrett: Aidan Fisher: Gabriel Jackson: Howard Skempton: Mark-Anthony Turnage J. S. Bach; No Strings Attached 1
1994 Orchestral Suites 1 & 2 J. S. Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1994 Orchestral Suites 3 & 4 J. S. Bach; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1994 Organ Chorales from the Leipzig Manuscript, Vol 1: BWV 651-658 / Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564 J.S. Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1994 Organ Chorales From the Leipzig Manuscript, Vol. 2 J. S. Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1994 Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1994 Pachelbel: Canon / Bach / Handel / Vivaldi / Corelli / Marcello Pachelbel, Bach, Handel, Vivaldi, Corelli, Marcello; Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood 1
1994 Play Bach aujourd'hui : Les thèmes en Ré Bach; Jacques Loussier 1
1994 Rosalyn Tureck plays Bach Johann Sebastian Bach; Rosalyn Tureck 1
1994 Secular Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1994 Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019 / 3 Sonatas for Viola da gamba & Harpsichord, BWV 1027-1029 Johann Sebastian Bach; Jaime Laredo, Leonard Rose, Glenn Gould 2
1994 St. Matthew Passion: Highlights Bach; Edith Mathis, Janet Baker, Dietrich Fischer‐Dieskau, Matti Salminen, Karl Richter 1
1994 The Art of Fugue / Musical Offering Bach; Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Sir Neville Marriner 1
1994 The Authorised Recordings: Bach Johann Sebastian Bach; Sviatoslav Richter 1
1994 The Complete French Suites & Overture in French Style Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1994 The Six Partitas, BWV 825-830 Johann Sebastian Bach; Ketil Haugsand 1
1994 The Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Johann Sebastian Bach; Dmitry Sitkovetsky 1
1994 The Ultimate Organ Collection Johann Sebastian Bach; Anthony Newman 1
1994 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Books I & II Johann Sebastian Bach; Louis Thiry 1
1994 Toccata and Fugue "Dorian" / Trio Sonata no. 4 Bach; Miklós Spányi 1
1994 Toccatas, BWV 910-916 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
1994 Transcriptions for Guitar Johann Sebastian Bach; Benjamin Verdery 1
1994 Violin Concertos J.S. Bach; Philharmonia Virtuosi, Paul Peabody, Richard Kapp 1
1994 Violin Concertos, BWV 1041-1043, 1056, 1060 Johann Sebastian Bach; Alice Harnoncourt, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
1994 Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach; Drottningholm Baroque Ensemble, Eric Ericson 1
1995 Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1995 St. Matthew Passion (Highlights) Johann Sebastian Bach; Hungarian Festival Choir, Hungarian State Symphony Orchestra, Géza Oberfrank 1
1995 Great Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Bach, Brahms, Tschaikowsky: Violinkonzerte / Beethoven: Violinromanzen Bach, Brahms, Tschaikowsky, Beethoven; David Oistrach 1
1995 Oster-Oratorium, BWV 249 / Kantate, BWV 66 J.S. Bach; Barbara Schlick, Kai Wessel, James Taylor, Peter Kooy, Collegium Vocale, Philippe Herreweghe 2
1995 Messe in h-moll, BWV 232 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 1
1995 Goldberg-Variationen für String Trio Bach; Dmitri Sitkovetsky, Gérard Caussé, Mischa Maisky 1
1995 St. John Passion J.S. Bach; Wandsworth School Boys’ Choir, English Chamber Orchestra, Benjamin Britten 1
1995 Brandenburg Concertos 1, 2, 3 Johann Sebastian Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 1
1995 Brandenburg Concertos 4, 5, 6 (English Chamber Orchestra directed by Philip Ledger) Johann Sebastian Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Philip Ledger 1
1995 Brandenburg Concertos 4, 5, 6 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Kantaten 51, 80, 82, 106, 140, 147 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Great Organ Works Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1995 Schübler Chorales BWV 645-650 (organ: Wolfgang Rübsam) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Dimitry Sitkovetsky, New European Strings Chamber Orchestra 1
1995 Sonatas BWV 1001, 1003, & 1005: Transcribed for guitar J.S. Bach; Nicholas Goluses 1
1995 The Italian Connection Johann Sebastian Bach; Christopher Herrick 1
1995 Cello-Suiten J.S. Bach; Mstislav Rostropovich 1
1995 Goldberg Variations / The Well Tempered Clavier, Book II (Glenn Gould) Bach; Glenn Gould 2
1995 Bach: English Suite no. 5 / Chopin: Two Nocturnes / Beethoven: Sonata, op. 10 no. 2 Bach, Chopin, Beethoven; Mieczysław Horszowski 1
1995 Inventions and Sinfonias (Complete) Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1995 Motetten, BWV 225-230 (Thomanerchor Leipzig, Gewandhausorchester Leipzig feat. conductor: Kurt Thomas) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Orchestral Suites nos. 1-4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger 2
1995 Toccata & Fuge Johann Sebastian Bach; Ton Koopman 1
1995 Concerto and Fantasias for Harpsichord Johann Sebastian Bach; Luc Beauséjour 1
1995 Harpsichord Transcriptions Bach; Dom André Laberge 1
1995 Complete Cantatas, Volume 1 Bach; The Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir, Ton Koopman 2
1995 Vier Suiten für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Göran Söllscher 1
1995 Orchestral Suites, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; London Festival Orchestra, Ross Pople 1
1995 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I Bach; Friedrich Gulda 1
1995 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II Bach; Friedrich Gulda 1
1995 Great Organ Works (Carlo Curley) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 The Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Sergey Schepkin 1
1995 The French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Hewitt 1
1995 Cantatas, Volume 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 3
1995 Mass in B minor Bach; Chor & Symphonie orchester des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Eugen Jochum 3
1995 English Suites Nos. 1 - 3 BWV 806 - 808 J. S. Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
1995 6 Suites a Violoncello Solo Senza Basso, BWV 1007-1012 J.S. Bach; Hidemi Suzuki 1
1995 Bach Kantaten BWV 35, BWV 169, BWV 49 Johann Sebastian Bach; Jochen Kowalski, Hartmut Haenchen 1
1995 Bach Organ Blaster Johann Sebastian Bach; Michael Murray 1
1995 Bach Transcriptions for Guitar and Works by Frank Martin and Leo Brouwer Johann Sebastian Bach, Frank Martin, Leo Brouwer; Tilman Hoppstock 1
1995 Baroque Bach: Toccata and Fugue in D minor; Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring; "Brandenburg" Concerto No. 2 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Baroque Festival Handel / Bach / Vivaldi 1
1995 BBC Music: The Concerto Arcangelo Corelli, Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach, Ludwig van Beethoven 1
1995 Brandenburg Concertos nos. 1-6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Tafelmusik, Jeanne Lamon 2
1995 Brandenburg Concertos, Volume 1 Bach; Consort of London, Robert Haydon Clark 1
1995 Brandenburgische Konzerte 2-5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Martin Haselböck & Wiener Akademie 1
1995 Brandenburgische Konzerte nos. 1-6, BWV 1046-1051 Johann Sebastian Bach; Slowakisches Kammerorchester, Bohdan Warchal 1
1995 Cantatas with Violoncello Piccolo Johann Sebastian Bach; Barbara Schlick, Andreas Scholl, Christoph Prégardien, Gotthold Schwarz, Das Leipziger Concerto Vocale, Ensemble Baroque de Limoges, Christophe Coin 2
1995 Cembalokonzerte BWV 1052, 1053, 1055, 1056 (Städtisches Berliner Sinfonie-Orchester feat. conductor: Kurt Sanderling, harpsichord: Hans Pischner) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Christmas Oratorio (Highlights) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Concertos Brandebourgeois No. 1, 2, 3 & 5 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Ton Koopman 1
1995 Concertos for 2 & 3 Pianos, BWV 1060, 1061, 1063, 1064 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
1995 Concertos for 2 Harpsichords JS Bach; Bob van Asperen, Gustav Leonhardt 1
1995 English Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Christiane Jaccottet 1
1995 English Suites: Nr. 4 BWV 809 / Nr. 5 BWV 810 / Nr. 6 BWV 811 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christiane Jaccottet 1
1995 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Konstantin Lifschitz 1
1995 Goldberg Variations J. S. Bach; Christophe Rousset 1
1995 Goldberg Variations / Partitas I - VI (harpsichord: Karl Richter) Johann Sebastian Bach 1

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