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All Music Guide - James Manheim
A compilation of this kind is at its best when it passes three basic tests. It shouldn't scrawl on the Mona Lisa. It should offer skillful, exciting performances, not stuff that tanked when first released. And ideally, it should make musical sense as a whole. The #1 Bach Album easily passes the first two tests, but seems only dimly aware of the third. All the music on the album is played straight; many works are represented in single-movement excerpts, but there's even a complete "Italian Concerto" performed by the redoubtable Alfred Brendel. The performances included are perennials from the Universal-family catalog, with representation of both traditional and ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
A compilation of this kind is at its best when it passes three basic tests. It shouldn't scrawl on the Mona Lisa. It should offer skillful, exciting performances, not stuff that tanked when first released. And ideally, it should make musical sense as a whole. The #1 Bach Album easily passes the first two tests, but seems only dimly aware of the third. All the music on the album is played straight; many works are represented in single-movement excerpts, but there's even a complete "Italian Concerto" performed by the redoubtable Alfred Brendel. The performances included are perennials from the Universal-family catalog, with representation of both traditional and "historically informed" performance approaches. Performers include Trevor Pinnock, András Schiff, Narciso Yepes, and Karl Richter with his Munich Bach Orchestra. The name of German organist Helmut Walcha is misspelled as "Wacha" -- a sure sign of cursory attention. Most of the expected Bach greatest hits are indeed on hand, but they're in no particular order. The toccata from the "Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565" and the prelude from the "Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532" are followed not by their own fugues, but by the "Little Fugue in G minor, BWV 578." Sometimes successive works create a tritone clash or other sharp readjustment as the listener moves from one work to another. Nor is it clear why there are two discs, beyond the fact that by inserting both, buyers could increase Bach density in their CD changers. Nothing's objectionable about this release, but it leaves the impression that someone got on e-mail and ordered 150 minutes of Bach to be shipped out to the plant. Getting Bach into Wal-Mart is a good idea, but once listeners are hooked they could want more to chew on.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/14/2003
  • Label: Decca
  • UPC: 028947275824
  • Catalog Number: 472758
  • Sales rank: 24,391

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai - Heinz Holliger & Johann Sebastian Bach (3:15)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  2. 2 Goldberg Variations, for keyboard (Clavier-Übung IV), BWV 988 (BC L9): Aria - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:53)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  3. 3 Overture in the French Manner, partita for keyboard in B minor (Clavier-Übung II/2), BWV 831: Echo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:20)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  4. 4 Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Praeludium - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:08)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  5. 5 Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Preludio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (4:07)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  6. 6 Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air - Johann Sebastian Bach & Neville Marriner (5:18)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byNeville Marriner
    Performed byNeville Marriner, Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
  7. 7 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051: Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (4:56)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byReinhard Goebel
    Performed byReinhard Goebel, Musica Antiqua Köln
  8. 8 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 (7:29)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Performed byChoir of King's College, Cambridge, George Guest
  9. 9 Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (8:19)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  10. 10 Prelude and Fugue, for organ in D major ("Little"), BWV 532 (BC J13, 54, 70): Prelude - Helmut Walcha & Johann Sebastian Bach (4:41)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  11. 11 Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66) - Helmut Walcha & Johann Sebastian Bach (4:14)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  12. 12–14 Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (13:38)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 12 (Allegro)
    2. 13 Andante
    3. 14 Presto
  13. 15 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 1 in D minor, BWV 1052: Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (7:29)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byTrevor Pinnock
    Performed byTrevor Pinnock
  14. 16 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: Allegro - Johann Sebastian Bach & Benjamin Britten (5:27)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byBenjamin Britten
    Performed byBenjamin Britten, English Chamber Orchestra
Disc 2
  1. 1 Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prelude - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:45)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  2. 2 Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Academy of Ancient Music (1:28)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byChristopher Hogwood
    Performed byAcademy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood
  3. 3 Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996 (BC L166): Bourrée - Narciso Yepes & Johann Sebastian Bach (1:29)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  4. 4 Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep May Safely Graze - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (4:34)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byKarl Münchinger
    Performed byStuttgart Chamber Orchestra, Karl Münchinger
  5. 5 Two-Part Invention, for keyboard No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775 (BC L45) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (0:47)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  6. 6–7 Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 5 in D major (WTC I/5), BWV 850 (BC L84) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:49)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    1. 6Prelude
    2. 7Fugue
  7. 8 Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, for keyboard in D minor, BWV 903 (BC L34) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (10:38)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  8. 9 Bist du bei mir, aria arranged for voice & continuo (after Gottfried Stölzel), BWV 508 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:55)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byBarry Rose
    Performed bySt. Paul's Cathedral Choir, London, English Chamber Orchestra, Kiri Te Kanawa, Barry Rose
  9. 10 Jesu, meine Freude, motet for 5-part chorus, BWV 227 (BC C5): Jesu, Priceless Treasure - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (1:51)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Performed byDavid Willcocks, Choir of King's College, Cambridge
  10. 11 Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36): Fugue - David Willcocks & Johann Sebastian Bach (5:19)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Performed byDavid Willcocks, Choir of King's College, Cambridge
  11. 12 Komm, süsser Tod, for voice & continuo (Schemelli Gesangbuch No. 868), BWV 478 (BC F227) - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (3:20)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Performed byPeter Schreier
  12. 13 Cantata No. 156, "Ich steh mit einem Fuss im Grabe," BWV 156 (BC A38): Sinfonia - Heinz Holliger & Johann Sebastian Bach (2:32)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  13. 14 Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (6:07)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byArpad Gerecz
    Performed byArpad Gerecz
  14. 15 Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:55)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byTrevor Pinnock
    Performed byTrevor Pinnock
  15. 16 Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (9:46)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byKarl Richter
    Performed byMunich Bach Orchestra, Münchner Bach-Chor, Karl Richter
  16. 17 Suite for solo cello No. 6 in D major, BWV 1012: Gigue - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:41)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
  17. 18 The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Fugue ricercata à 6 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (7:34)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byRiccardo Chailly
    Performed byRiccardo Chailly, Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra Amsterdam
  18. 19 Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea - Johann Sebastian Bach & Penny Bennett (2:49)
    Composed byJohann Sebastian Bach
    Conducted byJohn Eliot Gardiner
    Performed byEnglish Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner
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