Best Bach 50

Best Bach 50

     
 

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,"…  See more details below

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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:
06/29/2010
Label:
Warner Classics
UPC:
5099945749629
catalogNumber:
57496

Tracks

  1. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment  - Elizabeth Wallfisch
  2. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Alison Bury  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  3. Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor (after Vivaldi, RV 580), BWV 1065  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Bernhard Klapprott  - Carsten Lohff  - Melante Amsterdam  - Bob van Asperen  - Bob van Asperen  - Marcello Busi
  4. Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo in C minor, BWV 1060  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Alfredo Bernardini  - Fabio Biondi  - Fabio Biondi  -  Europa Galante
  5. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Rachel Beckett  - Mark Bennett  - Paul Goodwin  - Monica Huggett  -  Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment
  6. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  John Holloway  - Andrew Parrott  - Janet See  - John Toll  -  Taverner Players
  7. The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Ricercare a 6  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Sonnerie
  8. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Melante Amsterdam  - Bob van Asperen
  9. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - William Lyons  - Jonathan Rees  - Jonathan Rees  -  Scottish Ensemble
  10. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 1. Rondeau 2. Sarabande 3. Bourrées 1 & 2  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  11. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Jonathan Rees  - Jonathan Rees  - Jane Murdoch  -  Scottish Ensemble
  12. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Ouverture  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  13. Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina: Molto adagio  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Consortium Musicum  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein
  14. Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130): Wir eilen mit Schwachen, Duetto  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Consortium Musicum  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  - Edith Mathis  - Sibyl Michelow
  15. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ach, großer König, Chorale  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Richard Boothby  - Andrew Parrott  -  Taverner Consort  -  Taverner Players
  16. 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  - Philippe Herreweghe
  17. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Petite Bande  - Sigiswald Kuijken  -  Netherlands Chamber Choir  - Christoph Prégardien
  18. Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169): Ich habe genug, Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Fabio Biondi  - Ian Bostridge  -  Europa Galante
  19. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134): Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Nancy Argenta  -  Sonnerie  - Crispian Steele-Perkins
  20. 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  -  Taverner Consort  -  Taverner Players
  21. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Gloria in excelsis Deo  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe
  22. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 4. Polonaise 5. Menuet 6. Badinerie  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  23. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Gavotte  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  24. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  English Chamber Orchestra  - Philip Ledger
  25. 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  - Wolfgang Gonnenwein  - Süddeutsche Madrigalchor
  26. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Richard Boothby  - Andrew Parrott  -  Taverner Consort  -  Taverner Players
  27. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es is vollbracht, Aria  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Richard Boothby  - Andrew Parrott  - Caroline Trevor  -  Taverner Players
  28. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Cantata for the Sunday after the New Year. Erleuch  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Philippe Herreweghe  - Peter Kooij
  29. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Deposuit potentes  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Petite Bande  - Sigiswald Kuijken  -  Netherlands Chamber Choir  - Christoph Prégardien
  30. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Osanna in excelsis  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe
  31. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Agnus Dei  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Charles Brett  - Philippe Herreweghe  - Catherine Patriasz
  32. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Et incarnatus est  - Johann Sebastian Bach  -  Collegium Vocale Ghent  - Philippe Herreweghe
  33. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Laudamus te  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Charles Brett  - Philippe Herreweghe  - Catherine Patriasz

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