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.

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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
Highlights Various Artists 1
Historic Organs of the German Democratic Republic Various Artists 1
If i stay Various Artists 1
In Dulci Jubilo: Christmas Music for the Organ Robert Grogan 1
Interludes - Meditation Various Artists 1
Italian Concerto (The Harp Consort) Various Artists 1
J.S. Bach, Scarlatti and Mozart Dinu Lipatti 1
Jacqueline du Pre The Early BBC Recordings 1961 - 1965 Jacqueline du Pré 1
John Williams and Friends: Two Guitars, Two Marimbas & Bass John Williams 1
Jul i Løgumkloster Kirke Tinebeth Hartkopf, Poul Skjølstrup Larsen 1
July 2000 New Releases Various Artists 1
Kenco & Classic FM Classic Collection Various Artists 1
Klassik & Jazz Lounge Various Artists 1
Koncert i Mønsted Kalkgruber Anker Buch, Per Nedergaard Hansen 1
Konzert in Sanssouci: Musik am preußischen Königshof Hans-Martin Linde, Aurèle Nicolet, Schola Cantorum Basiliensis, Kammerorchester Emil Seiler, Festival Strings Lucerne 1
Kreisler: the earlier concerto recordings (1915-1926) Various Artists 1
L'orgue Christophe Moucherel de la Cathédrale d'Albi Mary Prat-Molinier 1
La grande musique de l'orgue Various Artists 1
La musique classique dans le cinéma Various Artists 1
Le classique des films Various Artists 1
Les Quatre Saisons Antonio Vivaldi; Hervé Le Floch, Les Solistes de France, Jean-Claude Hartemann 1
Leyenda Daniel Maya 1
Lifescapes: Classical Guitar David Crittenden 1
Lifescapes: Serenity Various Artists 1
Lobe den Herren Anthony Halliday 1
Lotus (flute and strings quartet) Lotus 1
Lover's Adagios Various Artists 1
Magnificat St. Albans School Choir 1
Masterpieces for Organ David Hill 1
Masters of the Roll: Rare Original Recordings From the Reproducing Piano by the Great masters of Classical Piano 1904 - 1935: A 32 CD Catalogue: Disc 11 Eugene d'Albert 1
Masters of the Roll: Rare Original Recordings From the Reproducing Piano by the Great masters of Classical Piano 1904 - 1935: A 32 CD Catalogue: Disc 19 Harold Bauer 1
Masters of the Roll: Rare Original Recordings From the Reproducing Piano by the Great masters of Classical Piano 1904 - 1935: A 32 CD Catalogue: Disc 23 Ferruccio Busoni 1
Meditación (Mischa Maisky) Various Artists 1
Meditation: Entspannen mit klassischen Melodien Various Artists 1
Meisterwerke der Klassik, Volume 2 Benjamin F Sullivan 5 1
Melodias Imortais Various Artists 1
Milstein Vignettes: 24 Favorite Miniatures Nathan Milstein, Leon Pommers 1
Mozart and Friends Various Artists 1
Mozart and Friends Sleepytime Various Artists 1
Music by Schumann, Chopin, Bach & Beethoven Zhang Chi 1
Music for Chamber Winds United States Navy Band 1
Music for Special Occasions Various Artists 1
Music of the City StreeThree 1
Musicien de l'Europe Jordi Savall 1
Musik für Flöte und Laute Hans-Martin Linde, Konrad Ragossnig 1
My First Recital (Ruth Laredo) Various Artists 1
N°4 Structures Sonores Lasry-Baschet 1
Natural Classics: Melodien zum Träumen und Entspannen Various Artists 1
Nederlandse Orgelpracht Various Artists 1
New York Philharmonic: The Historic Broadcasts 1923 to 1987 (selections) New York Philharmonic 1
Orchestral Excerpts for Horn David Krehbiel 1
Organ Recital Andrzej Białko 1
Organy Bazyliki Katedralnej w Białymstoku Józef Kotowicz 1
Orgelmusik i Sct. Nicolai kirke Aabenraa Various Artists 1
Parkening Plays Bach Christopher Parkening 1
Peaceful Baby Various Artists 1
Performing on Treble Violin, Soprano Violin and Mezzo Violin Grigori Sedukh 1
Piano - Series 3 - Preliminary, First Grade and Second Grade AMEB 1
Piano Performances Diana Tkachenko 1
Piano Romance Frédéric Chopin 1
Pictures in Brass Chicago Brass Choir 1
Pipes Alive! Ted Alan Worth at the Great Skinner Organ at Girard College, Philadelphia Ted Alan Worth 1
Plays european Standards Lionel belmondo trio 1
Polina Nikiforova: Bach & Schubert Violin Works Polina Nikiforova, Akademisches Orchester Basel, Ulrich Dietsche 1
Première Gert van Hoef 1
Recorder Favourites Michala Petri, Hanne Petri, David Petri 1
Red Dragonfly 布谷史人 3
Répercussion Répercussion 1
Ring in Christmas The Handbells of St. John's York Mills 1
Romantic Classics: Violin & Piano Concerto, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
Scherzo mit Flügel Kammerensemble Scherzo 1
Schola Crucis Schola Lucis: Geistliche Chorwerke Dresdner Kreuzchor 1
Schumann - Träumerei ja muuta maailman kauneinta pianomusiikkia Hui‐Ying Liu, Erik T. Tawaststjerna 1
Selection of Famous Organ Works Various Artists 1
Serenade Various Artists 1
Serious Songs, Sad Faces Mark Hetzler, Lisa Leonard 1
Sharon O'Connor's Menus and Music, Volume XII: Afternoon Tea Serenade (San Francisco Silverwood Ensemble) Various Artists 1
Six Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 - Johann Sebastian Bach Tafelmusik 1
Solitudes: The Classics Dan Gibson 1
Solo pour la flute traversiere Various Artists 1
Sonic Fireworks, Volumes 1 & 2 Atlanta Brass Ensemble, Richard Morris 1
Soothing Sounds Various Artists 1
Sounds for Seduction Various Artists 1
Stabat Mater Giovanni Battista Pergolesi; Jennifer Driscoll-Holmes, Carolyn Maia, Orchestra Seattle, George Shangrow 1
Starring Romantic Classics Various Artists 1
STH 15 jaar Favourites Deel 2 Various Artists 1
Stokowski Spectacular Leopold Stokowski 1
Strad to Strat Kevin Ferguson 1
Sunday With the Times Various Artists 1
Supreme Stereo Sound Nº3: European Night Various Artists 1
Supreme Stereo Sound Nº6: Majesty Various Artists 1
Suzuki Bass School, Volume 2, Revised Suzuki Method International; Gary Karr 1
Suzuki Cello School, Volumes 1 & 2 Suzuki Method International; Tsuyoshi Tsutsumi 1
Suzuki Piano School, Volume 2 Suzuki Method International; Haruko Katakoa 1
Suzuki Piano School, Volumes 1 & 2 Suzuki Method International; William Aide 1
Suzuki Viola, School Volumes 1 and 2 Suzuki Method International 1
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1 Suzuki Method International; David Cerone 1
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1 Suzuki Method International; Shinichi Suzuki 1
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 1 Suzuki Method International; David Nadien 1
Suzuki Violin School, Volume 2 Suzuki Method International; David Nadien 1

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