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 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. Having become an orphan at age 10, he lived for five years with his eldest brother, after which he continued his musical formation 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 primarily valued 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 oeuvre marking the 250th anniversary of his death.

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Year Title Artist RatingReleases
2006 Das Wohltemperierte Clavier: Book I (pedal harpsichord: Peter Watchorn) Johann Sebastian Bach; Peter Watchorn 1
2006 Sacred Cantatas for Alto and for Tenor J. S. Bach, Telemann, Hoffmann; Marianne Beate Kielland, Markus Schäfer, Cologne Chamber Orchestra, Helmut Müller-Brühl 1
2006 J. S. Bach French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Katherine Roberts Perl 1
2006 Cantatas, Volume 32 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2006 Concertos em Ré Menor Johann Sebastian Bach; João Carlos Martins & English Chamber Orchestra 1
2006 Orgel Werke Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Raml 1
2006 Violin Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Richard Tognetti, Australian Chamber Orchestra 1
2006 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Hee-Kyung Juhn 1
2006 Weihnachts-Oratorium, BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach‐Chor, Bach‐Collegium München, Peter Schreier 1
2006 Cantata Series, Volume VI: Favorite Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach; American Bach Soloists, Jeffrey Thomas 1
2006 Vivaldi: Gloria in D major / Bach: Magnificat in D major Vivaldi, Bach; Lynda Russell, Gillian Fisher, Alison Browner, Ian Partridge, Michael George, The Sixteen, The Symphony of Harmony and Invention, Harry Christophers 1
2006 Brandenburg Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Swiss Baroque Soloists 1
2006 Cantatas, Volume 33 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2006 Cantates Marie de Nazareth 1, 82, 147 Johann Sebastian Bach; Monika Mauch, Matthew White, Charles Daniels, Stephan MacLeod, Montreal Baroque, Eric Milnes 1
2006 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 1-4 Johann Sebastian Bach; I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis 1
2006 Brandenburgische Konzerte Nr. 5, 6 / Tripelkonzert, BWV 1044 Johann Sebastian Bach; I Barocchisti, Diego Fasolis 1
2006 Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2006 6 Suites A Violoncello Solo Senza Basso Bach; Gavriel Lipkind 2
2006 12 Organ Concertos after Vivaldi J.S. Bach; Elena Barshai 1
2006 Bach - Werke für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Julian Bream 1
2006 Cantatas Vol. 21 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman 1
2006 Cantatas Vol. 22 Johann Sebastian Bach; Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir, Ton Koopman 1
2006 Concerti and Concerti Grossi Handel, JS Bach, Vivaldi; Academy of Ancient Music 1
2006 Goldberg Variationen Johann Sebastian Bach; Sax Allemande 1
2006 Goldberg Variations Bach; Rachlin, Imai, Maisky 1
2006 Goldberg Variations (arr. for solo marimba) J. S. Bach; Pius Cheung 1
2006 Goldberg Variations: Original Transcriptions Bach; Cameron Roberts 1
2006 Honegger, Martinů, Bach, Pintscher, Ravel Arthur Honegger, Bohuslav Martinů, Johann Sebastian Bach, Matthias Pintscher, Maurice Ravel; Frank Peter Zimmermann, Heinrich Schiff 1
2006 Magnificat Vivaldi, Bach, Handel, Hayes; Emma Kirkby, Cantillation, Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker 1
2006 Matthäus Passion Johann Sebastian Bach, Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, Amsterdam Baroque Choir 1
2006 Matthäus-Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomanerchor Leipzig 1
2006 Messe in H-Moll J. S. Bach; Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, René Jacobs 1
2006 Messe in h-Moll BWV 232 J. S. Bach; Mechthild Bach, Daniel Taylor, Marcus Ullmann, Raimund Nolte, Kammerchor Stuttgart, Barockorchester Stuttgart, Frieder Bernius 1
2006 Orgelwerke/Organ Works J. S. Bach; Helmut Walcha 1
2006 Reflexio J.S. Bach; Ensemble Baroque de Limoges 1
2006 The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo Johann Sebastian Bach; John Holloway 1
2006 Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Jonathan Manson, Trevor Pinnock 1
2006 Violin Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Sonnerie, Monica Huggett 1
2006 Vivaldi: Gloria / Bach: Magnificat Antonio Vivaldi, Johann Sebastian Bach; Martin Pearlman. Boston Baroque 1
2006 Weihnachtsoratorium: Arien & Chöre Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2007 Bach, Mozart: Arias Bach, Mozart; Hyunah Yu, Prague Philharmonia, Shuntaro Sato 1
2007 Sonates pour viole de gambe et clavecin obligé JS Bach; Guido Balestracci, Blandine Rannou 1
2007 Concertos for 2, 3 & 4 Harpsichords Johann Sebastian Bach; Musica Amphion 1
2007 Cantatas, Volume 34 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2007 Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli Mozart, Chopin, Schumann, Beethoven, Brahms, Debussy, Bach, Scarlatti, Galuppi 1
2007 Transcriptions of Italian Music Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2007 The Art of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Helmut Walcha 2
2007 Barocke Konzerte Bach; English Chamber Orchestra, Pinchas Zukerman, Jean-Pierre Rampal 1
2007 Bleibet meine Freude Johann Sebastian Bach; Chamber Orchestra of Europe, François Leleux 1
2007 An Evening With Bach Johann Sebastian Bach; Voices of Music, David Tayler 1
2007 Les voix humaines Abel, Bach, Marais, Sainte-Colombe; Jordi Savall 1
2007 Cantatas "Der zufriedengestellte Aeolus" / "Unser Mund sei voll Lachens" Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2007 Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo: BWV 1001-1006 (Christian Tetzlaff) Johann Sebastian Bach; Christian Tetzlaff 1
2007 Pièces pour violon & basse continue Johann Sebastian Bach; Hélène Schmitt, Alain Gervreau, Jan-Willem Jansen 1
2007 Variations Goldberg Johann Sebastian Bach; Céline Frisch 1
2007 J.S. Bach on the Lute J.S. Bach; Paul Berget 1
2007 Cantatas, Volume 35 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2007 Missae Breves Johann Sebastian Bach; Cantus Cölln, Konrad Junghänel 1
2007 Early Cantatas, Volume 2: Weimar Cantatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Emma Kirkby, Michael Chance, Charles Daniels, Peter Harvey, The Purcell Quartet 1
2007 The Goldberg Variations 1955 Performance: Zenph Re-Performance Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2007 Cello Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Steven Isserlis 2
2007 Complete Organ Music Johann Sebastian Bach; Walter Kraft 1
2007 Les 4 Toccatas & Fugues Johann Sebastian Bach; André Isoir 1
2007 Gamba Sonatas Bach, Bach; Daniel Müller‐Schott, Angela Hewitt 1
2007 Cantatas, Volume 36 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2007 Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046–1051, Complete Johann Sebastian Bach; Musica Florea, Marek Štryncl 1
2007 Goldberg Variations JS Bach; Simone Dinnerstein 1
2007 The Well-Tempered Clavier Johann Sebastian Bach; Angela Hewitt 1
2007 The Well-Tempered Clavier Book I Preludes And Fugues 1-8 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
2007 BBC Music, Volume 16, Number 1: Orchestral Suite No. 3 / Violin Concertos Nos. 1, 2 / Chaconne from Partita No. 2 (BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra feat. violin: Alina Ibragimova, harpsichord/director: Nicholas Kraemer) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2007 Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki 1
2007 Goldberg-Variationen Johann Sebastian Bach 1
2007 Sviatoslav Richter: The Master, Volume 8 Johann Sebastian Bach; Святослав Теофилович Рихтер 1
2007 Der Streit zwischen Phoebus und Pan Johann Sebastian Bach; Münchener Bach‐Chor, Bach Collegium München, Hansjörg Albrecht 1
2007 Variations Goldberg, BWV 988 Jean-Sébastien Bach; Zhu Xiao-Mei 1
2007 Bach & Purcell: Motetten & Kantaten Bach, Henry Purcell; Balthasar-Neumann-Chor, Balthasar-Neumann-Ensemble, Thomas Hengelbrock 1
2007 The Violin Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Frank Peter Zimmermann, Enrico Pace 1
2007 Inventions and Sinfonias, BWV 772-801 Johann Sebastian Bach; Kazune Shimizu 1
2007 Cantatas, Volume 37 Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki, Robin Blaze 1
2007 Cello Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Jean‐Guihen Queyras 1
2007 Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248 Johann Sebastian Bach; Christine Schäfer, Bernarda Fink, Werner Güra, Gerald Finley, Christian Gerhaher, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Concentus Musicus Wien, Nikolaus Harnoncourt 1
2007 Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080 Johann Sebastian Bach; Herbert Tachezi 1
2007 Le Clavier bien tempéré, livre 2 Jean-Sébastien Bach; Zhu Xiao-Mei 1
2007 Six Concertos for the Margrave of Brandenburg Bach; European Brandenburg Ensemble, Trevor Pinnock 5 1
2007 Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Bach; Burkard Schliessmann 5 1
2007 Cantatas BWV 45, 62, 140 & 192 Johann Sebastian Bach; Thomas Folan, Max van Egmond 1
2007 Bach als Lehrer: Werke für Tasteninstrumente aus den Köthener Jahren Johann Sebastian Bach; Robert Hill 1
2007 Bach: Inventions & Partita Johann Sebastian Bach feat. violin: Janine Jansen 2
2007 Bach: Magnificat / Händel: Dixit Dominus Johann Sebastian Bach, Handel; Le Concert d'Astrée, Emmanuelle Haïm 1
2007 Das Wohltemperierte Clavier, Volume 1 Bach; Richard Egarr 1
2007 Dialogkantaten Bach; Thomas Quasthoff, Dorothea Röschmann 1
2007 French Suites BWV 812-817 Johann Sebastian Bach; Evgeni Koroliov 1
2007 Goldberg Variations Bach; Tatiana Nikolayeva 1
2007 Goldberg Variations Johann Sebastian Bach; Christina Bjørkøe 1
2007 Johannes-Passion JS Bach arr.Robert Schumann; Hermann Max 1
2007 Mass in B minor Johann Sebastian Bach; The Polyphonic Choir, The Iceland Symphony Orchestra 1
2007 Motetten Johann Sebastian Bach; The Hilliard Ensemble 1
2007 Motetten: Meines Herzens Weide Johann Sebastian Bach; Trinity Baroque, Julian Podger 1
2007 Orelimissa Johann Sebastian Bach; Rolf Uusväli 1
2007 Organ Chorales From the Neumeister Collection Johann Sebastian Bach; Kay Johannsen 1

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