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Essential Bach


Release Date: 06/13/2000 
Label:  London/Decca Double Decker Catalog #: 466465   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thurston DartMarisa RoblesJosé Luis GarciaJohn Turner,   ... 
Conductor:  Sir Neville MarrinerRaymond LeppardSalvatore AccardoSir Georg Solti,   ... 
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the FieldsEnglish Chamber OrchestraChamber Orchestra of Europe,   ... 
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The Decca label has assembled a notable sampling of the output of J.S. Bach that ranges through orchestral, chamber, and vocal works. And while space necessitates the omission of works that may be considered essential, this two-CD set includes many well-known selections expertly performed throughout.
The collection opens with the familiar strains of the Toccata in D minor, heard here in a transcription by Leopold Stokowski and in a vigorous performance by Seiji Ozawa and the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Bach's standing as the paragon of Baroque music is well supported by the brilliance of the works offered here. Excerpts from masterworks such as the Brandenburg Concertos, the Cello Suites, the St. Matthew Passion, and the Goldberg
Read more Variations serve as a testament to the composer's genius. Outstanding performances by artists such as Neville Marriner, András Schiff, and János Starker contribute to making ESSENTIAL BACH a fine introduction to a musical titan. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Thurston Dart (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 12 Secs. 
2.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Marisa Robles (Harp)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 16 Secs. 
3.
Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  José Luis Garcia (Violin), John Turner (Recorder), David Munrow (Recorder)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
5.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1st movement, Allegro moderato by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Salvatore Accardo (Violin), Christopher Middleton (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
6.
Suite for Cello solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1009: 5th movement, Bourée by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Pepe Romero (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Celedonio Romero. 
7.
Concerto for Oboe and Violin in C minor, BWV 1060: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Carmel Kaine (Violin), Tess Miller (Oboe)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 5 Minutes 15 Secs. 
8.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Crucifixus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
9.
Suite for Cello solo no 1 in G major, BWV 1007: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  János Starker (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 26 Secs. 
10.
French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816: no 7, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722 
Length: 3 Minutes 29 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
11.
Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
12.
Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 78, Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Sir Georg Solti
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chicago Symphony Orchestra,  Chicago Symphony Chorus
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 27 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
13.
Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Michael Copley (Recorder), Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Pina Carmirelli (Violin),
Antonio Perez (Violin), Italo Colandrea (Violin), Guy Touvron (Trumpet)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  I Musici
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1718; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
14.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maurice Hasson (Violin), Henryk Szeryng (Violin)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 28 Secs. 
15.
Partita for Lute in E major, BWV 1006a: 1st movement, Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: after 1720; Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
16.
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!, BWV 208 "Hunt Cantata": Schafe können sicher weiden by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1713; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 30 Secs. 
17.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  György Sebok (Piano), János Starker (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 12 Secs. 
18.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 53 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
19.
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: no 10, Sinfonia in G major by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 37 Secs. 
20.
Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2nd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Salvatore Accardo (Violin), Christopher Middleton (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
21.
Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825: Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 33 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
22.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 14 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
23.
Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  William Bennett (Flute)
Conductor:  Sir Neville Marriner
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Written: Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 1 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Notes: Composition written: Leipzig, Germany (1738 - 1739). 
24.
Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053: Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor:  Iona Brown
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Academy of St. Martin in the Fields
Period: Baroque 
Length: 4 Minutes 17 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
25.
Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major, BWV 1048: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1711-1713; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 34 Secs. 
26.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 1st movement, Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 11 Secs. 
27.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 4th movement, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Kyung-Wha Chung (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 6 Secs. 
28.
Concerto for Organ solo in A minor, BWV 593 (after Vivaldi): 1st movement, Ohne bezeichnung by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wolfgang Rübsam (Organ)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; Weimar, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 34 Secs. 
29.
Concerto for Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1055: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  András Schiff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is a DDD recording. 
30.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Jesu bleibet meine Freude "Jesu, joy of man's desiring" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Karl Münchinger
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Karl Münchinger. 
31.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 3rd movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Richard Adeney (Flute), José Luis Garcia (Violin), Raymond Leppard (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 11 Secs. 
32.
Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe, BWV 22: no 5, Ertöt uns durch dein Güte, erweck uns durch dein Gnad by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Alicia De Larrocha (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 11 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Harriet Cohen. 
33.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565: Toccata by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Seiji Ozawa
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Boston Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Arnstadt, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Leopold Stokowski. 
34.
Concerto for Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1053: Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Conductor:  András Schiff
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is presented in excerpted form. 
35.
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 140: no 1, Wachet auf ruft uns die Stimme by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Raymond Agoult
Orchestra/Ensemble:  New Symphony Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: Arranger: Granville Bantock. 
36.
Concerto for Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1056: 2nd movement, Largo-Arioso by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Raymond Leppard (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble:  English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 54 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Toccata (from Toccata & Fugue in D minor), BWV 565 - Transcription: Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977)
Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068: 2. Air
Prelude and Fugue in C (WTK, Book I, No.1), BWV 846: Prelude
Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049: 1. Allegro
Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations": Aria
Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 ('Sleepers, awake')
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1. (Allegro moderato)
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147: Jesu, joy of man's desiring
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.4 in A, BWV 1055 - piano performance: 1. (Allegro)
Suite for Cello Solo No.3 in C, BWV 1009 - Guitar Transcription by Pepe Romero (1944-): 5. Bourrée I/II
Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1060 - performing edition by C. Hogwood for violin, oboe and strings: 2. Adagio
Mass in B minor / Credo: Crucifixus
Suite for Cello Solo No.1 in G, BWV 1007: 1. Prélude
French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816: 7. Gigue
Prelude for Lute in C Minor, BWV 999
Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050: 3. Allegro
St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two: Chorus: "Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder"
Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047: 1. (Allegro)
Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043: 2. Largo ma non tanto
Suite in E for Lute, BWV 1006a/1000: 1. Praeludium
Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, Cantata BWV 208: Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze)
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - Arr. Cello & Piano: 2. Adagio
Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971: 1. (Allegro)
Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For the second Day of Christmas: No.10 Sinfonia
Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2. Andante
Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - Arr. Guitar (D major): 6. Gigue
Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 6. Menuet
Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 7. Badinerie
Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in F, BWV 1053 - reconstruction after Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in E, BWV 1053: 2. Siciliano
Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048: 1. (Allegro)
Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 1. Allemande
Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 4. Giga
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in E, BWV 1053: 1. (Allegro)
Cantata No.22 "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe", BWV 22: Sanctify us
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056: 2. Largo
Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 after Vivaldi's Concerto Op.3 No. 8: 1. Allegro

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 lovely November 26, 2014 By Barbara P D. (Old Saybrook, CT) See All My Reviews "A wonderful companion. Mr Bach still amazes us with his brilliance. It is a great CD." Report Abuse
 Nice collection April 1, 2014 By N. Low See All My Reviews "Bought to obtain just one of the tracks, but found this to be a lovely sampling of the wonderful JS Bach's work. Various pieces played by excellent groups and soloists." Report Abuse
 nonessential Bach August 7, 2013 By Maurice Chacron (Kingston, ON) See All My Reviews "This record will make J.S. Bach turn over in his tomb! While the chosen pieces performed seriously are poignant and moving the chosen style a la Andre Rieux make them sound ridiculous so, surely not essential pieces." Report Abuse
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