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All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Best Bach 50 is an intelligently laid out collection of examples of J.S. Bach's most famous works, and its three CDs are filled with historic performances drawn from the vaults of EMI. The first disc, "The Sacred Genius of Bach," presents extracts from Bach's major choral religious works, the "Mass in B minor," the "St. John Passion," the "Christmas Oratorio," the "Magnificat," and a handful of the best-loved cantatas. The second and third CDs, "Bach the Impresario" and "The Dazzling Concertos of Bach," feature his concert works, in whole or in part, such as the "Orchestral Suites"; the "Brandenburg Concertos No. 2," "No. 3," "No. 4," and "No. 5"; the "Ricercare à 6" ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Blair Sanderson
Best Bach 50 is an intelligently laid out collection of examples of J.S. Bach's most famous works, and its three CDs are filled with historic performances drawn from the vaults of EMI. The first disc, "The Sacred Genius of Bach," presents extracts from Bach's major choral religious works, the "Mass in B minor," the "St. John Passion," the "Christmas Oratorio," the "Magnificat," and a handful of the best-loved cantatas. The second and third CDs, "Bach the Impresario" and "The Dazzling Concertos of Bach," feature his concert works, in whole or in part, such as the "Orchestral Suites"; the "Brandenburg Concertos No. 2," "No. 3," "No. 4," and "No. 5"; the "Ricercare à 6" from the "Musical Offering"; and the concertos for various instruments. The performances have a date range from 1965 to 2000, so the series' usual problematic mix of ADD and DDD recordings should be expected, though because the majority of the tracks come from the 1990s, most listeners will enjoy the sound. Also, because of the vintage of most of the performances, the musicians play the music with a strong sympathy for historically informed performance practice, so there are few examples of traditional interpretations. Because this set is really intended as a basic foundation for beginners and as a jumping-off point to help listeners get acquainted with the riches of Bach, they are encouraged to go beyond these excerpts to find full performances, whether by the artists included in the set or elsewhere.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/29/2010
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • EAN: 5099945749629
  • Catalog Number: 57496
  • Sales rank: 113,242

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Gloria in excelsis Deo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Collegium Vocale Ghent (7:02)
  2. 2 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Laudamus te - Johann Sebastian Bach & Charles Brett (4:24)
  3. 3 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Et incarnatus est - Johann Sebastian Bach & Collegium Vocale Ghent (3:07)
  4. 4 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Agnus Dei - Johann Sebastian Bach & Charles Brett (5:28)
  5. 5 Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Osanna in excelsis - Johann Sebastian Bach & Collegium Vocale Ghent (2:37)
  6. 6 Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desi - Johann Sebastian Bach & Andrew Parrott (2:15)
  7. 7 Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134): Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Nancy Argenta (4:18)
  8. 8 Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169): Ich habe genug, Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Fabio Biondi (7:45)
  9. 9 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (3:00)
  10. 10 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Deposuit potentes - Johann Sebastian Bach & La Petite Bande (2:04)
  11. 11 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Cantata for the first day of the Feast of Christma - Johann Sebastian Bach & Collegium Vocale Ghent (1:18)
  12. 12 Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Cantata for the Sunday after the New Year. Erleuch - Johann Sebastian Bach & Philippe Herreweghe (4:22)
  13. 13 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ach, großer König, Chorale - Johann Sebastian Bach & Richard Boothby (1:33)
  14. 14 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es is vollbracht, Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Richard Boothby (5:09)
  15. 15 St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine - Johann Sebastian Bach & Richard Boothby (8:05)
  16. 16 Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130): Wir eilen mit Schwachen, Duetto - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (5:14)
  17. 17 Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina: Molto adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (2:14)
  18. 18 Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Chorus - Johann Sebastian Bach & Consortium Musicum (8:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Ouverture - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (7:29)
  2. 2 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (4:47)
  3. 3 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Gavotte - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (4:07)
  4. 4–6 Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Jonathan Rees (15:23)
  5. 5 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 1. Rondeau 2. Sarabande 3. Bourrées 1 & 2 - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (6:50)
  6. 6 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 4. Polonaise 5. Menuet 6. Badinerie - Johann Sebastian Bach & English Chamber Orchestra (6:00)
  7. 9–11 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049 - Johann Sebastian Bach & William Lyons (16:07)
  8. 12–14 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Melante Amsterdam (9:14)
  9. 13 The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Ricercare a 6 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Sonnerie (7:11)
Disc 3
  1. 1–3 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Rachel Beckett (11:33)
  2. 4–6 Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo in C minor, BWV 1060 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Alfredo Bernardini (13:14)
  3. 7–9 Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor (after Vivaldi, RV 580), BWV 1065 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Bernhard Klapprott (10:10)
  4. 10–11 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Alison Bury (10:29)
  5. 12–14 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (13:12)
  6. 15–17 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050 - Johann Sebastian Bach & John Holloway (20:23)
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