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
1994 Les Introuvables de Jacqueline du Pré Jacqueline du Pré 1
1994 Virtuoso Flute Various Artists 1
1994 Emma Kirkby - A Portrait Emma Kirkby 1
1994 Cinema Classics 9 Various Artists 1
1994 Classic CD, Volume 50: Kiri at 50 Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music Various Artists 1
1994 The Only Classical CD You'll Ever Need Various Artists 1
1994 25 TV Commercial Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Best of the Classics: Great Classical Composers Various Artists 3 1
1994 Selections from the Heifetz Collection Jascha Heifetz 1
1994 Mad About Mad About Various Artists 1
1994 The World's Most Beautiful Melodies, Vol. 5: The Golden Cornet of Phillip McCann Philip McCann, Sellers Engineering Band, Huddersfield Choral Society Youth Choir, Simon Lindley & Major Peter Parkes 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 A Centenary Celebration Andrés Segovia 2
1994 Famous Adagios Various Artists 1
1994 100 Fiedler Favorites Boston Pops Orchestra, Arthur Fiedler 1
1994 Leichte Klassik: Film-Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 4 Various Artists 1
1994 Classics at the Movies Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da Música, Volume 5 Various Artists 1
1994 Jóias da música, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1994 Classic CD, Volume 54: Bizarre - But it Works! Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Favourites Various Artists 3
1994 Greatest Hits John Williams 4
1994 Greatest Hits: Marches Various Artists 1
1994 Classic CD, Volume 56: Christmas Classics Various Artists 1
1994 New Release Sampler August - Deccember 1994 Various Artists 1
1994 100 Golden Classics: The World's Greatest Classical Works Various Artists 1
1994 100% Classics Various Artists 1
1994 A Baroque Festival (1600-1750) Various Artists 1
1994 A Celebration of Light - Classical Favorites Various Artists 1
1994 A Treasury of All-Time Classics Various Artists 1
1994 ABC Classics: 1994 Catalogue Sampler Various Artists 1
1994 Aral MusicCollection No. 6: Rhapsody in Blue Various Artists 1
1994 Baroque Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Baroque Times Various Artists 1
1994 BaroqueEsprit 10: The Very Best of Baroque Music - Sampler Various Artists 1
1994 Berlin Classics Gala Sampler 94|95 Various Artists 1
1994 Cinema Classics 6: Classical Music Made Famous in Films Various Artists 1
1994 Classic Creepies Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Gallery Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Moods: Tranquility Various Artists 1
1994 Classical Music for People Who Hate Classical Music Various Artists 1
1994 Das Cambridge Buch der Musik Various Artists 1
1994 Early Recordings 1925-1928 Pablo Casals 2 1
1994 Favorite Classics London Symphony Orchestra, Philip Gibson 2
1994 Favourite Wedding Classics Various Artists 2
1994 Gateway to Classical Music, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 Golden Age of the Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Greatest Hits: Brass Various Artists 1
1994 Greatest Hits: Trumpet Various Artists 1
1994 Hochzeitsträume: Treulich geführt… / Hochzeitsmarsch / Wir winden dir den Jungfernkranz / Hochzeitstag auf Troldhaugen Various Artists 1
1994 L'Univers du classique Various Artists 1
1994 Late Baroque Various Artists 1
1994 Mad About "Mad About" Various Artists 1
1994 Mega Classic Various Artists 1
1994 Monster Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Movie Classics: Berühmte klassische Filmmelodien aus Jenseits von Afrika · Apocalypse now · Der Pate 3 · Last Action Hero · Die Traumfrau · Tod in Venedig Various Artists 1
1994 Musica Mystica Various Artists 2
1994 Nature's Symphonies: Midnight Storm Various Artists 1
1994 Night Music 13 Various Artists 1
1994 Night Music 19: Classical Favourites for Relaxing and Dreaming Various Artists 2
1994 O Fortuna: Gesänge von Glück und Lebensfreude Various Artists 1
1994 Orgues en fête à Douai Various Artists 1
1994 Power Classics: Classical Music for Active Lifestyle Various Artists 1
1994 Power Classics! Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 Romantic Classic, Volume 6 Various Artists 1
1994 Romantic Classic, Volume 7 Various Artists 1
1994 Romantic Moments From the Violin Concerto Various Artists 1
1994 Simple Gifts Yvonne Kenny, Melbourne Symphony Orchestra, Vladimir Kamirski 1
1994 Synthesizer Greatest Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Tapestries - Classical: The Classics Hennie Bekker 3 2
1994 The Chaconne Collection, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1994 The Development of Western Music, an Anthology, Volume 1 Various Artists 1
1994 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 2: 1925-1934 Heifetz 1
1994 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 3: 1934-1937 Heifetz 1
1994 The Heifetz Collection, Volume 18: EMI Masters Heifetz 1
1994 The HMV Classics Collection Various Artists 1
1994 The Lesley Garrett Album Lesley Garrett 1
1994 The Magic of Classics Various Artists 1
1994 The Original Sound, Volume 2 Christopher Hogwood, The Academy of Ancient Music 1
1994 The Private Collection, Volume 1 Vladimir Horowitz 1
1994 The Virgin Classics Collection Various Artists 1
1994 Toronto Symphony Orchestra 1994/95 Season: Musically Speaking Toronto Symphony Orchestra 1
1994 Weekend Classics Various Artists 1
1994 Wilhelm Backhaus 1908-1935 From Acoustic to Electrical Recordings Wilhelm Backhaus 1
1994 You Are There! 22 Classic Hits Various Artists 1
1994 Your Hundred Best Tunes: The Top 20 Various Artists 1
1995 40 Greatest Classics Various Artists 1
1995 Your Favourite Classics Various Artists 1
1995 The Ultimate Wedding Album Various Artists 1
1995 300 Years of Classical Music Various Artists 1
1995 Classics for Relaxation and Meditation Various Artists 1
1995 125 All Time Classical Favorites Various Artists 1
1995 Largo Various Artists 1
1995 Cello Special Holst, Mozart, Orff, Mahler, Janáček, Schubert; Pablo Casals, Jacqueline du Pré, Mischa Maisky 1
1995 Söllscher Plays Guitar Pieces Göran Söllscher 1
1995 The Canadian Brass Go for Baroque! Canadian Brass 1
1995 Greatest Hits: Harpsichord Various Artists 1
1995 Stars singen und spielen die schönsten Weihnachtslieder Various Artists 1

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