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. 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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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1992 Joy to the World: A Baroque Christmas Various Artists 1
1992 Kerman Listen: Second Brief Edition Joseph Kerman & Gary Tomlinson 1
1992 Klassische Weihnacht Various Artists 1
1992 La Grande Sarabande de Haendel Various Artists 1
1992 Les 100 chefs d'œuvre de la musique classique, Volume 2 : Musique de détente Various Artists 1
1992 Les 100 chefs d'œuvre de la musique classique, Volume 3 : Classique de charme 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 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
1992 Smooth Classics: Violin Concertos Various Artists 1
1992 Synthesizer Sequences: Great classical themes Various Artists 1
1992 The Bells of St. Genevieve and Other Baroque Delights Various Artists 1
1992 The Best of Choir Music Various Artists 1
1992 The Classics Various Artists 1
1992 The Great Flute Concertos Jean‐Pierre Rampal 1
1992 The Greatest Hits of the Classics, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1992 The HMV Collection Sampler Various Artists 4
1992 The Magic of the Violin Various Artists 1
1992 The Naxos Collection: 52 Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Various Artists 1
1992 The World of Wedding Music Various Artists 2
1992 The World’s Greatest Masterpieces Various Artists 1
1992 Trumpet & Organ Spectacular at Sorø Church Håkan Hardenberger, Simon Preston 1
1992 Vivaldi - Handel - Bach - Gluck The Brandenburg Orchestra, Paul Dyer 1
1992 Weihnachtsträume: Das große Wunschkonzert zum Fest Various Artists 1
1992 Zeit für Romantik Various Artists 1
1993 The Art of Itzhak Perlman Itzhak Perlman 1
1993 The Art of the Disc Various Artists 1
1993 Julian Bream Edition, Volume 19: Elizabethan Lute Songs Sir Peter Pears & Julian Bream 16
1993 Basic 100 Sampler Various Artists 1
1993 The Still Waters of Silence Simon Reece 1
1993 Essential Keyboard Repertoire, Vol. 2 Kim O'Reilly 1
1993 Highlights from the Julian Bream Edition Julian Bream 1
1993 Mad About Baroque Various Artists 2
1993 Mad About Guitars: The Greatest Stars, The Greatest Music Mad About Guitars 1
1993 Classic for You Various Artists 1
1993 Woody Allen Classics Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of Jean-Pierre Rampal Jean‐Pierre Rampal 1
1993 Guitar Virtuoso: Baroque Guitar Eliot Fisk 2
1993 Parents: The Lullaby Album Various Artists 1
1993 Discover the Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 3
1993 20 Gramophone All-Time Greats Various Artists 1
1993 A Classical Christmas Various Artists 1
1993 A Festival of Classics Various Artists 1
1993 A Thousand Pearls Eastman Brass, James Johnson 1
1993 Allegri: Miserere and Other Choral Masterpieces Various Artists 1
1993 Ave Maria - Geistliche Lieder Various Artists 2
1993 Baroque Favorites Various Artists 1
1993 Baroque Favourites Various Artists 1
1993 Best of Baroque Various Artists 1
1993 Breaking the Historical Sound Barrier Various Artists 1
1993 Bride’s Guide to Wedding Music Various Artists 2
1993 Carmina Burana et autres choeurs célèbres Various Artists 1
1993 Cinema Classics: Classical Music Made Famous in Films Various Artists 1
1993 Classic Ads Various Artists 1
1993 Classical Music for the Reader Various Artists 1
1993 Classical Treasures: A Festival of Baroque Various Artists 1
1993 Classics for All Seasons: Sampler of the Year Various Artists 1
1993 Classics for Relaxation, Volume Two Various Artists 1
1993 Classics Meet Hollywood, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Compact Collection Classica Various Artists 1
1993 De muziek van half zeven Various Artists 1
1993 Estraderm Estracomb Various Artists 1
1993 Glenn Gould - Bach Glenn Gould 1
1993 Harp Favourites Marisa Robles 1
1993 Klassische Entdeckungen Various Artists 1
1993 Les Voix de cristal ou l'Art des hautes-contre Various Artists 1
1993 Live Collection Chantal 1
1993 Living Stereo Audiophile Sampler Various Artists 1
1993 Mad About the Classics Various Artists 1
1993 Masterpieces of the Baroque Various Artists 1
1993 Musiques Nuptiales Various Artists 1
1993 Nimbus Sampler Various Artists 1
1993 Romantic Evening Music, CD 4: For Violin, Vol. 2 Various Artists 1
1993 Romantic Evening Music, CD 5: For Flute, Vol. 1 Various Artists 1
1993 Romantic Evening Music, CD 7: For Oboe Various Artists 1
1993 Romantic Evening Music, CD 9: For Guitar Various Artists 1
1993 Romantic Evening Music, CD 10: For Harp Various Artists 1
1993 Serenata: Academy Favourites Academy of St Martin in the Fields, Neville Marriner 1
1993 Splendeurs du baroque Various Artists 2
1993 Synthesizer Greatest, Volume 3: Beyond Imagination Various Artists 1
1993 Telarc Collection, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of Donau 3 Various Artists 1
1993 The Best of Naxos 9 Various Artists 1
1993 The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Volume 3: The Historic Return: Carnegie Hall 1965 / The 1966 Concerts Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
1993 The Complete Masterworks Recordings, Volume 5: A Baroque and Classical Recital Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
1993 The Four Seasons / Air on a G String / Entry of the Queen of Sheba Vivaldi; Scottish Chamber Orchestra, Jaime Laredo 2
1993 The Great Composers Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky 1
1993 The HMV Collection: Sampler no. 4 Various Artists 1
1993 The Legend Glenn Gould 1
1993 The Naxos Collection 11: Classical Music for Meditation and Dreaming Various Artists 1
1993 The Naxos Collection 13: The World of Digital Classics, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1993 The Naxos Collection 14: Baroque Collection 2 Various Artists 1

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