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. 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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Discography

Album + Compilation

Year Title Artist RatingReleases
1997 The Wonderful World of Hyperion Various Artists 1
1997 The Yellow Guide: Classical Music Various Artists 1
1997 Unforgettable Classics: Relaxation Various Artists 1
1997 Valentine Classics Various Artists 1
1997 Vladimir Horowitz: The complete solo European recordings Владимир Самойлович Горовиц 1
1997 Wie is er bang van klassiek? Various Artists 1
1998 Gute Laune Klassik Various Artists 1
1998 Le charme de la flûte à bec Frans Brüggen 1
1998 Humoresque Nadja Salerno-Sonnenberg 1
1998 The Wedding Album Various Artists 1
1998 Toccata - Orgel Spektakulär Various Artists 1
1998 Magic of the Guitar Various Artists 6
1998 Centenary Edition 1897-1997 Various Artists 1
1998 Violin Greatest Hits Jascha Heifetz 1
1998 The Greatest Classical Show on Earth Various Artists 4
1998 Music for Summer Evenings Various Artists 1
1998 Ten Tenors in Prayer Various Artists 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 2: Martha Argerich I Martha Argerich 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 4: Claudio Arrau I Claudio Arrau 1
1998 Classic CD, Volume 103: The All-Time Greatest Pianists Various Artists 1
1998 In dulci jubilo: Lieder und Chöre zur Weihnachtszeit Various Artists 4 1
1998 20 Golden Classics Various Artists 1
1998 100 Classical Masterpieces Various Artists 1
1998 100% Classics Various Artists 1
1998 A Classical Portrait Various Artists 1
1998 A Royal Occasion Various Artists 1
1998 Aangenaam Klassiek Editie 1998 Various Artists 1
1998 Agnus Dei II The Choir of New College, Oxford, Edward Higginbottom 2
1998 Angelic Voices: The Best of the Vienna Boys' Choir Wiener Sängerknaben 1
1998 Bach Air & Baroque Favorites Various Artists 1
1998 Baroque Blend: A Starbucks Coffee Classical Holiday Collection Various Artists 1
1998 Baroque for Beauty Sleep Various Artists 1
1998 Canon in D and Other Baroque Favorites Johann Pachelbel 1
1998 Classic Emotions: Melancholy Various Artists 1
1998 Classic Wynton Wynton Marsalis 1
1998 Classica D’Oro, Volume 2 Various Artists 1
1998 Classical Music Library: The Essential Collection Various Artists 1
1998 Classical Themes and Dreams Various Artists 1
1998 Classics for Brass hr brass 1
1998 Classics in Hollywood Various Artists 1
1998 Coffee Break: Music to Perk Up To Various Artists 1
1998 Ein Kleines Konzert Various Artists 1
1998 Encore! Les Violons du Roy 1
1998 Essential Baroque Various Artists 1
1998 Forever Classics Various Artists 1
1998 Für Elise: My First Recital Various Artists 1
1998 furioso (Audiophile Sound Collection) Various Artists 1
1998 Gloria! Music of Praise and Inspiration Robert Shaw;Atlanta Symphony Orchestra;Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus;Robert Shaw Chamber Singers;Robert Shaw Festival Singers 1
1998 Great Baroque Classics Various Artists 1
1998 Great Baroque Classics City of London Sinfonia 1
1998 Great Choral Classics From King’s Various Artists 1
1998 Great Dream Classics Various Artists 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, v. 65 - Dinu Lipatti Dinu Lipatti 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 10: Jorge Bolet I Jorge Bolet 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 34: Emil Gilels I Emil Gilels 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century, Volume 56: Wilhelm Kempff II Wilhelm Kempff 1
1998 Great Pianists of the 20th Century: Sampler Various Artists 1
1998 Great Romantic Classics Various Artists 2
1998 Growing Minds With Music Various Artists 1
1998 Guido Agosti Plays Various Artists 1
1998 High Fidelity Reference CD No. 34 Various Artists 1
1998 High Fidelity Reference CD No. 35 Various Artists 1
1998 High Fidelity Reference CD No. 37 Various Artists 1
1998 In Classical Mood: Morning Mists Various Artists 1
1998 In Classical Mood: Pastoral Scenes Various Artists 2
1998 In Praise Various Artists 1
1998 In the Wee Hours Various Artists 1
1998 Kuschelklassik 3 Various Artists 1
1998 Les Chefs-d'Oeuvre du Violon Various Artists 1
1998 Les classiques de la pub Various Artists 1
1998 Les plus grandes émotions de la musique Various Artists 1
1998 Les voix de lumière Various Artists 1
1998 Meditation: Musik zum Entspannen und Träumen Various Artists 1
1998 Musique au volant: Conduite en embouteillage Various Artists 1
1998 Myth & Magic Various Artists 1
1998 Piano Favourites Various Artists 1
1998 Proms 98 Various Artists 1
1998 Recordings 1948: Schumann: Piano Concerto (The American Debut) / Bach: Chaconne / Brahms: Paganini Variations Arturo Benedetti Michelangeli 1
1998 Requiem: Musik der Trauer Various Artists 1
1998 Silence 4 Various Artists 1
1998 Simply the Best Classical Anthems Various Artists 3
1998 Smart Babies: Build Your Baby's Brain Through the Power of Music Various Artists 1
1998 Styles Pieter Wispelwey 1
1998 Teldec Classics 98/99 Various Artists 1
1998 The Best Ever Brass Classics Various Artists 1
1998 The Best of the Mantovani Orchestra The Mantovani Orchestra 1
1998 The Bicentennial Collection: Celebrating the 200th Anniversary of “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band “The President’s Own” United States Marine Band 2
1998 The Linn Collection 1998 Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: A Little Night Music Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: Ave Maria Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: Evening Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: Morning Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: Romance Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: The Four Seasons Various Artists 1
1998 The Most Beautiful Melodies of Classical Music: Winter Dreams Various Artists 1
1998 The Times: Great Composers Collection: Selected Works by Ten Classical Masters Various Artists 1
1998 There Is Love: The Complete Wedding Album Various Artists 1
1998 Together Forever Various Artists 1
1998 Träumerei Various Artists 1
1998 Trésors de la voix Various Artists 1

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