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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. 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
Orchestral Suites nos. 1 - 4 Bach; Hans-Martin Linde 1
Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-3 Johann Sebastian Bach, English Chamber Orchestra, Sir Philip Ledger 1
Orchestral Suites Nos. 2 & 3 / Fourteen Canons (Marlboro Festival Orchestra feat. conductor: Pablo Casals) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Organ Concert Johann Sebastian Bach; Knud Vad 1
Organ Works Bach; Zsigmond Szathmáry 1
Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach & Werner Jacob 1
Organ Works - Influences of Böhm and Buxtehude Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Zerer 1
Orgelbüchlein Johann Sebastian Bach; Douglas E. Bush 1
Orgelbüchlein V, Schübler-Choräle and Achtzehn Choräle I Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Orgelmusik Johann Sebastian Bach; Helmut Walcha 1
Orgelwerke (Gustav Leonhardt) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Orgelwerke (Thomaskirche Leipzig) Johann Sebastian Bach; Ullrich Böhme 1
Out of Later Years, Volume V: French Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; Sviatoslav Richter 1
Ouverture in the French Manner in B Minor, BWV 831 / Three Concertos for Solo Harpsichord (After Antonio Vivaldi) Johann Sebastian Bach; Mark Kroll 1
Ouvertüren / Suites BWV 1068-1069 Johann Sebastian Bach; English Baroque Soloists, Sir John Eliot Gardiner 1
Overtures (Suites) Nos. 1-4 (flute: Karl Kaiser, Cologne Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Helmut Müller-Brühl) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Overtures (Suites) Nos. 1, 3 & 4 J.S. Bach; RCA Victor Orchestra, Fritz Reiner 1
Overtures nos. 1 & 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Camerata Bern, Aurèle Nicolet 1
Overtures, Sinfonias, Concerti J.S. Bach, Vivaldi; Freiburger Barockorchester, Thomas Hengelbrock 1
Pachelbel: Kanon / Albioni: Adagio / Bach: Air / Boccherini: Minuet Pachelbel, Albinoni, Bach, Boccherini; Stuttgarter Kammerorchester, Karl Münchinger 1
Partita BWV 1004 & Suite BWV 1009 Johann Sebastian Bach; Pepe Romero 1
Partita II and Sonata III Johann Sebastian Bach; Tomo Iwakura 1
Partitas 1-2, English Suites 2-3 Johann Sebastian Bach; Anne-Marie McDermott 1
Partitas 3 - 5 - 6 Bach; Maria Tipo 1
Piano Works J.S. Bach, Handel, Gluck; Wilhelm Kempff 1
Praeludien, Toccaten, Fantasien und Fugen II Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Stockmeier 1
Praeludien, Toccaten, Fantasien und Fugen III-IV Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Stockmeier 1
Praeludien, Toccaten, Fantasien und Fugen VI-VII Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Stockmeier 1
Praeludien, Toccaten, Fantasien und Fugen VIII Johann Sebastian Bach; Wolfgang Stockmeier 1
Preludes and Fugues Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Preludes and Fugues for Organ, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach;Anthony Newman 1
Rachmaninov: Piano Concerto No. 1 / Bach: Piano Concerto BWV 1052 Rachmaninoff, Bach; Richter, USSR RTV Symphony Orchestra, Kurt Sanderling 1
S & P (Gérard Poulet) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Selections from the 2005-2006 Season Advent Chamber Orchestra, Johann Sebastian Bach, François Couperin, Béla Bartók, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi & Arcangelo Corelli 1
Selections from the December 2006 Concert Advent Chamber Orchestra, Arcangelo Corelli, Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel, Antonio Vivaldi & Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart 1
Six Brandenburg Concertos (Oregon Bach Festival Chamber Orchestra feat. conductor: Helmuth Rilling) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
Six Partitas Johann Sebastian Bach; Paul Badura-Skoda 1
Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Johann Sebastian Bach; Micaela Comberti, Colin Tilney 1
Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Julius Baker, Sylvia Marlowe 1
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin Johann Sebastian Bach; Hlíf Sigurjónsdóttir 1
Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin I Johann Sebastian Bach; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra 1
Sonatas for Viola da Gamba J. S. Bach, J. C. F. Bach; Anner Bylsma, Bob van Asperen 1
Sonatas, BWV 1027-1029, 1014-1015 Johann Sebastian Bach; Glenn Gould 1
Sonate a Flauto, Violino e Basso Johann Sebastian Bach; Sébastien Marq, François Fernandez, Philippe Pierlot, Pierre Hantaï 1
Sonates en Trio BWV 525-530 J.S. Bach; Marie‐Claire Alain 2
Sonates et Partitas pour Violon Seul Johann Sebastian Bach; Yehudi Menuhin 1
Sonates et Partitas pour violon seul BWV 1001 - 1006 J. S. Bach; Sándor Végh 1
Sonates pour flûte Johann Sebastian Bach; Luc Urbain, Joël Pontet, Étienne Péclard 1
Sonates pour flûte J. S. Bach; Marc Beaucoudray, William Christie 1
Sonates pour flûte et basse continue Bach; Jean‐Pierre Rampal, R. Veyron‐Lacroix, J. Savall 1
St. John Passion Johann Sebastian Bach 1
St. John Passion J.S. Bach; Scholars Baroque Ensemble 1
St. John Passion, BWV 245 (The Choir of King's College, Cambridge) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
St. Matthew Passion Johann Sebastian Bach; Bach Choir, Sir David Willcocks 1
String Concertos Johann Sebastian Bach; Orchestra Filarmonica Italiana, Alessandro Arigoni, Cristiano Rossi, Silvio Bresso 1
Suiten für Laute Johann Sebastian Bach; Narciso Yepes 1
Suites Johann Sebastian Bach;Jean Marc Apap 1
Suites for Flute & Orchestra Bach, Telemann; Julius Baker, Anthony Newman, Madeira Festival Orchestra 1
Suites for Solo Cello Johann Sebastian Bach; Pierre Fournier 1
Sweelinck, Buxtehude, Bach at St. Laurens' Church Alkmaar Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck / Dieterich Buxtehude / Johann Sebastian Bach; Piet Kee 1
The 6 Partitas BWV 825-830 Johann Sebastian Bach; Jean Louis Steuerman 1
The 6 Suites for Solo Cello Johann Sebastian Bach; Antonio Janigro 1
The 6 Trio Sonatas Johann Sebastian Bach; Eliot Fisk, Albert Fuller 1
The Art Of Fugue Johann Sebastian Bach; Colm Carey 1
The Bach Album: Concertos for Oboe and Oboe d'amore Bach; Diana Doherty, Ironwood 1
The Baroque Lute David Kellner, Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Gottfried Conradi, Sylvius Leopold Weiss; Eugen M. Dombois 1
The Best of Bach Bach; Vienna Festival Orchestra, Carl Michalski 1
The Best of J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations for Harpsichord Johann Sebastian Bach; Christiane Jaccottet 1
The Brandenburg Concertos, Vol. 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Philharmonia Virtuosi, Richard Kapp 1
The Cello Suites, Volume 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Robert Cohen 1
The Complete Brandenburg Concertos Nos.1-6 Johann Sebastian Bach; Thurston Dart, Philomusica of London 1
The Complete Keyboard Works of J. S. Bach on Labor Records: The Two and Three Part Inventions Johann Sebastian Bach; João Carlos Martins 1
The Complete Sonatas for Flute J.S. Bach; Aurèle Nicolet 1
The Four Lute Suites Johann Sebastian Bach; John Williams 1
The Four Orchestral Suites (Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment feat. conductor: Frans Brüggen) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Goldberg Variations (guitar: Kurt Rodarmer) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Goldberg Variations, BWV 988 Johann Sebastian Bach; Maria Yudina 1
The Great Composers Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Great Composers 22: The Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2, 3 and 5 Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Great Composers: 31 - Bach Orchestral Suites Nos.1 & 4 Johann Sebastian Bach 2
The Great Composers: Bach: Selected Organ Works Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Key To Classics Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Lute Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume 1 Johann Sebastian Bach; Eduardo Egüez 1
The Lute Music of Johann Sebastian Bach, Volume 2 Johann Sebastian Bach; Eduardo Egüez 1
The Murray Flute Alexander Murray, Martha Goldstein, Carl Czerny & Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Notebook of Anna Magdalena Bach Johann Sebastian Bach, Nicholas McGegan, David Bowles, Lorraine Hunt Lieberson 2
The Organ Works (Werner Jacob) Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Post-War Great Piano Recordings J. S. Bach; Marcelle Meyer 1
The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 8: Bach / Schubert / Schumann / Brahms / Rubinstein Johann Sebastian Bach; Franz Schubert; Robert Schumann; Johannes Brahms; Arthur Rubinstein 1
The Rubinstein Collection, Volume 68: J.S. Bach / Franck / Liszt / Debussy / Villa-Lobos J.S. Bach, Franck, Liszt, Debussy, Villa‐Lobos; Arthur Rubinstein 1
The Six Motets Johann Sebastian Bach; The Sixteen, Harry Christophers 1
The Sound of the Keyboard Lute Johann Sebastian Bach; Martha Goldstein 1
The Three Gamba Sonatas / Brandenburg Concerto no. 4 Johann Sebastian Bach; Pablo Casals, Paul Baumgartner, Prades Festival Orchestra 1
The Ultimate Collection: Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Ultimate Collection: Bach Johann Sebastian Bach 1
The Well-Tempered Clavier Johann Sebastian Bach; Rosalyn Tureck 1
The Well-Tempered Clavier J.S. Bach; Vladimir Ashkenazy 1
The Well-Tempered Clavier I Johann Sebastian Bach; Evgeni Koroliov 1
The Well-Tempered Clavier II Johann Sebastian Bach; Evgeni Koroliov 1
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I J.S. Bach; Léon Berben 1

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