Johann Sebastian Bach (German Baroque period composer & musician)

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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 .


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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Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1991 An Invitation to the Classics Various Artists 1
1991 An Organ Blaster Michael Murray 1
1991 Canon & Other Baroque Hits Johann Pachelbel 1
1991 Classics Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1991 Complete Works, opp. 1-31 Webern; Pierre Boulez 1
1991 Discover the Classics: Power and Glory Various Artists 1
1991 Discover the Classics: Sound and Vision Various Artists 1
1991 Dreams of Classics, Volume 2 Various Artists 2
1991 Essential Classics - Highlights From the Series Various Artists 2
1991 Feeling Classic Various Artists 2
1991 Festliche Barockmusik Academy Of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Neville Marriner / I Musici 1
1991 Grammy Champion Sir Georg Solti 1
1991 Great Love Themes Various Artists 2
1991 Guitar Player Presents: Legends Of Guitar: Classical Various Artists 1
1991 Klassiska mästerverk, volym II Various Artists 1
1991 Laser Test: Musique Baroque Various Artists 1
1991 Le Violon du Siècle Yehudi Menuhin 1
1991 Les Introuvables de Christa Ludwig Christa Ludwig 1
1991 Meditation: Classical Relaxation, Volume 9 Various Artists 2
1991 Music for Relaxation Various Artists 1
1991 Night Music 6 Various Artists 2
1991 Night Music 9 Various Artists 1
1991 Orgelwerke: Meisterwerke Zum Kennenlernen Various Artists 1
1991 Sacred Choruses - Hear My Prayer Various Artists 1
1991 Salute to Disney Arthur Fiedler & Boston Pops Orchestra 2
1991 Synthesizer Greatest - Classical Masterpieces 2 Ed Starink 1
1991 Synthétiseur 6 : Les plus grands thèmes classiques Ed Starink 1
1991 The Classic Experience III Various Artists 1
1991 The Classical Collection, Volume 1: 50 of the World's Musical Masterpieces Various Artists 1
1991 The Complete Classical Collection Various Artists 2
1991 The Disc Drive Disc Various Artists 1
1991 The Essential Classics Various Artists 1
1991 The Essential Classics Collection Various Artists 4
1991 The Haunting Sound of the Pipes of Pan [unknown] 1
1991 The King of Instruments Marcel Dupré, Robert Hauptmann 1
1991 The Top 100 Masterpieces Of Classical Music: 1685-1928 Various Artists 1 1
1991 The World's Most Beloved Melodies Various Artists 1
1991 Traumklassik 1 "Ein klassisches Hörvergnügen" Various Artists 1
1991 Vienna Master Series Sampler Various Artists 1
1992 Cartoon Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 22 Various Artists 1
1992 The Greatest Classical Collection Various Artists 1
1992 25 Golden Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 24 Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 24 Various Artists 1
1992 Spring Releases 1992 Various Artists 1
1992 Greatest Classical Melodies Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 25 Various Artists 1
1992 The Telarc Collection, Volume 3 Various Artists 1
1992 Telarc Collection Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 26 Various Artists 1
1992 Night Music 11: Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 27 Various Artists 1
1992 Classics From the Crypt Various Artists 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 28 Various Artists 1
1992 World's Greatest Choruses Various Artists 1
1992 The Complete Recordings Sergei Rachmaninoff 2
1992 Trumpet Concertos Maurice André 2
1992 Classic CD, Volume 29 Various Artists 1
1992 Discovered Treasures Vladimir Horowitz 1
1992 The Best of Naxos 5 Various Artists 2
1992 Largo Various Artists 1
1992 Baroque Splendor Various Artists 1
1992 The Top Hits of 1750 Various Artists 1
1992 Kazuhito Yamashita Plays J.S.Bach 山下和仁 1
1992 Classic CD, Volume 32 Various Artists 1
1992 100 chefs‐d’œuvre de la musique classique Various Artists 7
1992 Arabesque Various Artists 1
1992 Baroque Collection Various Artists 1
1992 Breakfast Classics: Selected by ABC FM’s Colin Fox Various Artists 1
1992 Classic Interludes Various Artists 1
1992 Classical Collection, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1992 Classics à la Carte Various Artists 1
1992 Classics for Lovers Various Artists 1
1992 Die schönsten Melodien großer Meister Various Artists 1
1992 Die Silbermann-Orgel in der Kathedrale zu Dresden Hansjürgen Scholze 1
1992 Dream ClassiX Various Artists 1
1992 Dream Melodies, Volume 1: Baroque Various Artists 1
1992 Esquire: Classical Music Sampler Various Artists 1
1992 Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Classical Music Various Artists 1
1992 Favourite TV Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Grandes Toccatas Pour Orgue Various Artists 1
1992 Great Melodies of the Classics Various Artists 1
1992 Guitar Passion Various Artists 1
1992 Joy to the World: A Baroque Christmas Various Artists 1
1992 Kerman Listen: Second Brief Edition Various Artists 1
1992 Klassische Weihnacht Various Artists 1
1992 La Grande Sarabande de Haendel Various Artists 1
1992 Les immortels du baroque Various Artists 1
1992 Lullaby Various Artists 1
1992 Meridian Sampler Various Artists 1
1992 Muzyka na Boże Narodzenie: Albinoni / Bach / Bayer / Corelli / Gounod / Mozart / koledy Various Artists 2
1992 Night Music 12: Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Various Artists 1
1992 Olympic Experience Various Artists 1
1992 Piano Concerti Beethoven, Schumann, Chopin; Guiomar Novaes, Otto Klemperer 1
1992 Portrait d'un Artiste Philippe Herreweghe 1
1992 Reader's Digest: 250 Years of Great Music Various Artists 1
1992 Savor the Sounds of Cedille Records Various Artists 1
1992 Schroeder's Greatest Hits Nelly Kokinos 1
1992 Sensual Classics: Over 75 Minutes of Musical Passion Various Artists 1

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