Bach: The Essentials

Bach: The Essentials

     
 

Harmonia Mundi's two-disc set called The Essential Bach does indeed provide a clear view of the essential Bach in a compact package even if it cannot hope to represent the fullness of the composer's output. Starting with a suitably sparkling performance of the opening movement of the "Fifth Brandenburg Concerto" by the …  See more details below

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Harmonia Mundi's two-disc set called The Essential Bach does indeed provide a clear view of the essential Bach in a compact package even if it cannot hope to represent the fullness of the composer's output. Starting with a suitably sparkling performance of the opening movement of the "Fifth Brandenburg Concerto" by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is a good move, and following that with an appropriately gloomy performance of the closing movements of the "St. Matthew Passion" by the Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale Ghent is a brilliant countermove. From there on, things get a bit dodgy: a moody performance of the Prelude from the "C minor Cello Suite" by Jean-Guihen Queyas followed by a meditative performance of the first Prelude and Fugue from the "First Book of the Well-Tempered Clavier" by harpsichordist Richard Egarr, then followed by a wild and wooly performance of the "Toccata and Fuge in D minor" arranged for solo violin with daredevil aplomb by Andrew Manze. And that's only halfway through the first disc with many more delights and surprises to come. Some may question a few of the choices. Why all of the "Cantata Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen"? Why just the sixteenth variation from the "Goldberg Variations"? Why, after all period instruments performances, close with the "Pastorale in C minor" played on a Steinway grand? These questions are unanswerable to the listener. But to the question "does this two-disc set provide a view of the essential Bach?" The answer is yes. The Bach who emerges here piece by piece and performance by performance is the essential Bach: a virtuoso, a man, a mystic, and a composer of profound greatness.

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/10/2009
Label:
Harmonia Mundi Fr.
UPC:
0794881909025
catalogNumber:
2968096

Tracks

  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 1. Allegro  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  2. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus, & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. 66a. Und Joseph nahm den Leib. 66b. Chorus  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Ian Bostridge  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Dietrich Henschel  - Philippe Herreweghe
  3. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus, & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. 68. Chorus. Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nied  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe
  4. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: 1. Prélude  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Jean-Guihen Queyras
  5. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major (WTC I/1), BWV 846 (BC L80)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Richard Egarr
  6. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Andrew Manze
  7. Cantata No. 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 (BC A106): 1. Aria. Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Freiburger Barockorchester  - Bernarda Fink  - Petra Müllejans
  8. Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium: "Kommt, eilet und laufet"), BWV 249 (BC D8): Chorus. Preis und Dank  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe
  9. O Gott, du frommer Gott, chorale partita for organ, BWV 767 (BC K95)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Andreas Staier
  10. Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 1 à 4 voix: thème rectus  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Fretwork
  11. Cantata No. 122, "Das neugeborne Kindelein," BWV 122 (BC A19): 4. Aria. Ist Gott versöhnt  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe  - Mark Padmore  - Sarah Connolly  - Vasiljka Jezovsek
  12. Cantata No. 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis," BWV 21 (BC A99): Choeur. Ich hatte vile Bekümmernis  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe  - La Chapelle Royale
  13. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  14. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin
  15. Cantata No. 12 "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen", BWV 12 (BC A68)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Cantus Cölln  - Konrad Junghanel
  16. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 1. Vivace  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Juan Manuel Quintana  - Céline Frisch
  17. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Kenneth Gilbert
  18. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Variation 16. Ouverture à 1 clavier  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Kenneth Gilbert
  19. Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede sei mit dir," BWV 158 (BC A61): Aria con Chorale. Welt, ade  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Philippe Herreweghe  - La Chapelle Royale  - Peter Kooij
  20. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Choeur. Magnificat anima mea Dominum  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe  - La Chapelle Royale  - Barbara Schlick
  21. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Aria & Choeur. Omnes generationes  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe  - La Chapelle Royale  - Barbara Schlick
  22. The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Prélude  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Paul O'Dette
  23. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Am ersten Weihnachtstag: Choeur d'ouverture. Jauch  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin  -  RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin  - René Jacobs
  24. Komm, Jesu, komm, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 229 (BC C3): Chor. Aria. Komm, Jesu, komm  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  RIAS-Kammerchor Berlin  - René Jacobs  - Sibylla Rubens
  25. Nun danket alle Gott, chorale prelude for organ (Achtzehn Choräle No. 6), BWV 657 (BC K80)  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Lionel Rogg
  26. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus, & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Sanctus  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe
  27. Pastorale for organ in F major, BWV 590 (BC J81): Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Alexandre Tharaud

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