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, 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
2000 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, Volume 2 (violin: Lucy van Dael, harpsichord: Bob van Asperen) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Cantatas & Arias (Europa Galante feat. conductor: Fabio Biondi, tenor: Ian Bostridge) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Murray Perahia 2
2000 Kennedy plays Bach with the Berlin Philharmonic Bach; Kennedy, Berlin Philharmonic 2
2000 Cantatas, Christmas: BWV 63, 64, 121, 133 Johann Sebastian Bach; Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 Bach Attributions Johann Sebastian Bach; Christopher Herrick 1
2000 Cantatas, Volume 13 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2000 Christmas Cantatas J. S. Bach; Aradia Ensemble, Kevin Mallon 1
2000 Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, Volume 1 (violin: Lucy van Dael, harpsichord: Bob van Asperen) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 The Complete Concerto Recordings, Volume 3 J.S. Bach, Mozart, Kreisler; Fritz Kreisler, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Malcolm Sargent, The Philadelphia Orchestra, Eugene Ormandy 1
2000 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book II Johann Sebastian Bach; Edwin Fischer 1
2000 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach; Canadian Brass 1
2000 Harfenkonzerte / Harp Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel 1
2000 The Little Bach Book Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2000 Flute Sonatas / Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Ensemble Trazom 1
2000 Cantatas for the 9th Sunday after Trinity (The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists feat. conductor: John Eliot Gardiner) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Cantatas BWV 179, 199, 113 Johann Sebastian Bach; The Monteverdi Choir, The English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner 1
2000 The Great Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Rübsam 1
2000 "Actus Tragicus" Kantaten BWV 4, 12, 106 & 196 Johann Sebastian Bach; Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel 5 1
2000 6 Suites for Cello Solo Johann Sebastian Bach; Matt Haimovitz 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Advent and Christmas Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Gerhard Gnann, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Easter, Ascension, Pentecost, Trinity Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Gerhard Gnann, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: German Mass Johann Sebastian Bach; Gerhard Gnann, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Incidental Festivities, Psalms Johann Sebastian Bach; Gerhard Gnann, Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Morning / Thanks & Praise / Christian Life Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Gerhard Gnann, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Gerhard Gnann, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Patience & Serenity / Jesus Hymns Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Gerhard Gnann, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Book of Chorale‐Settings: Von Gottvertrauen, Kreuz & Trost / Von Rechtfertigung & Buße / Von Sterben, Tod & Ewigkeit / Am Abend Johann Sebastian Bach; Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Gerhard Gnann, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 A Portrait of Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 1: Orchestral Works & Concertos/Orchesterwerke & Konzerte Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 2: Vocal Works/Vokalwerke, Volume I Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 3: Keyboard Works/Klavierwerke, Volume I Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 4: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume I Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 5: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume II Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 6: Organ Works/Orgelwerke, Volume I Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 7: Secular Cantatas/Weltliche Kantaten Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 8: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume III Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 9: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume IV Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 10: Passions/Passionen Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 11: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume V Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 12: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume VI Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 13: Keyboard Works/Klavierwerke, Volume II Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 14: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume VII Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 15: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume VIII Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 16: Chamber Music/Kammermusik Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 17: Vocal Works / Vokalwerke Vol.II Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 18: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume IX Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 19: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume X Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 20: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume XI Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 21: Cantatas/Kantaten, Volume XII Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 22: Organ Works/Orgelwerke, Volume II Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Edition, Volume 23: Chorale / Chorales Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bach Essentials Johann Sebastian Bach; Pro Arte Orchestra, Kurt Redel 1
2000 Bach Lute Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Paul Galbraith 1
2000 Bach und ich (Maarten t' Hart) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2000 Bearbeitungen für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Oliver Holzenburg 1
2000 Brandenburgische Konzerte, BWV 1046–1051 Johann Sebastian Bach; Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 1–3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Helmuth Rilling, Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 10, 12, 13 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 14, 16–18 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 19–20 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 21–22 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, Bwv 23–26 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 27–29 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 30–31 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 32–34 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 46–48 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 49–52 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 54–57 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 58–61 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 62–64 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 65–67 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 68–70 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 71–74 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 75–76 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 77–79 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 80–82 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 83–86 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 87–90 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 2
2000 Cantatas, BWV 91–93 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 2
2000 Cantatas, BWV 94–96 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 97–99 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 100–102 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 103–105 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 106–108 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 109–111 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 112–114 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 115–117 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 119–121 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 122–125 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 126–129 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 130–132 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 133–135 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 136–139 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 140, 143–145 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 146–147 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 148–151 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 152–155 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 156–159 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1
2000 Cantatas, BWV 161–164 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach‐Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling 1

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