Bach for Breakfast: The Leisurely Way to Start Your Day

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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Released in 1995, Bach for Breakfast is part of an affordable line of Philips compilations designed to introduce classical music as background listening for the day's activities. At first blush, the album appears to be a routine greatest-hits collection, for many of Bach's most popular pieces are represented here. However, the program also includes a few movements from larger works, which, while well-known, are not over-anthologized or excessively played. Certainly, the famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and the Air on the G string need no introduction, and the majority of tracks will ring a bell with many casual classical listeners, including movements from the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Released in 1995, Bach for Breakfast is part of an affordable line of Philips compilations designed to introduce classical music as background listening for the day's activities. At first blush, the album appears to be a routine greatest-hits collection, for many of Bach's most popular pieces are represented here. However, the program also includes a few movements from larger works, which, while well-known, are not over-anthologized or excessively played. Certainly, the famous "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" and the Air on the G string need no introduction, and the majority of tracks will ring a bell with many casual classical listeners, including movements from the "Brandenburg Concertos" and the "Christmas Oratorio," as well as various concertos and suites. What may surprise, though, is the inclusion of arrangements, for as familiar as the music may be, the instrumentation is in many cases fresh and a welcome change from the expected. One seldom hears Bach on the harp or the panpipes, for example, yet the adaptation is well-suited to Bach, who regularly recycled his pieces for different instruments. On the whole, this is a bright and cheerful album that will give a pleasant start to the day, and the evenly balanced volume levels make it suitable for home listening.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/13/1995
  • Label: Philips
  • UPC: 028944663020
  • Catalog Number: 446630
  • Sales rank: 6,801

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:25)
  2. 2 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (5:37)
  3. 3 Concerto for oboe, strings & continuo in D minor (reconstruction), BWV 1059R: Sicilliano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Heinz Holliger (3:13)
  4. 4 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Bourrée 1 & 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:45)
  5. 5 Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Siciliano - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:17)
  6. 6 Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Allegro moderato - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:22)
  7. 7 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: Adagio, ma non tanto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (4:11)
  8. 8 Sonata for violin & keyboard in G minor, H. 542.5 (also attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 1020): Allegro - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Penny Bennett (3:59)
  9. 9 Sonata for violin & keyboard in G minor, H. 542.5 (also attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 1020): Adagio - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Penny Bennett (3:10)
  10. 10 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Sinfonia - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (2:26)
  11. 11 Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066: Forlane - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (1:42)
  12. 12 Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033: Andante - Presto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (1:36)
  13. 13 Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033: Menuetto 1 & 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:40)
  14. 14 English Suite, for keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 808 (BC L15): Allemande - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:07)
  15. 15 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Heinz Holliger (3:39)
  16. 16 French Suite, for keyboard No. 4 in E flat major, BWV 815 (BC L22): Gavotte en rondeau - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:17)
  17. 17 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052: Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Gheorghe Zamfir (5:38)
  18. 18 Concerto for oboe d'amore, strings & continuo in A major (reconstruction), BWV 1055R: Allegro moderato - Johann Sebastian Bach & Heinz Holliger (4:36)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Neville Marriner Primary Artist
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    Love it!

    Bach for Breakfast is the perfect way to wake up and start my day gently.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gorgeous

    This is absolutely one of my favorate albums that I own. When I was younger my mom used to play it for my brother and I in the mornings and now that I'm away a college (and have learned to appreciate classical music a little more) it's very comforting. It also makes a great compainion to studying or reading or just about anything!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant

    When I first heard this album I was so touched by the mood...the sound...the warmth..the joy...the rhapsody...and the feeling of it all. This album surely does shine the first shed of light in the wee small hours of the morning.

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