Notes and Editorial Reviews
NOTE: This is not a collection of CDs; this is the Hänssler Complete Bach Edition in the form of digital music files pre-loaded onto an Apple iPod classic.
Also available as a
standard 172-CD boxed set.
Helmuth Rilling's legendary Bach Edition is now available on a 160 GB Apple iPod classic®
On the occasion of Helmuth Rilling's 75th birthday, Hänssler Classic has released the Bach iPod on a 160 GB iPod classic, the classic version of the world's most popular portable music player. This perfect gift for the musical connoisseur contains more than 170 hours of music, with plenty of room left to spare to fill up your iPod
with more classical favorites.
The iPod is compatible with both Macintosh and Windows PCs.
We pre-loaded the Digital Bach Edition for you on the iPod classic. The 160 GB iPod classic has the capacity for up to 40.000 songs or several hundred hours of video content, thousands of your favorite pictures, podcasts, and much more.
Includes black 160 GB iPod classic and standard accessories with the complete Bach Edition pre-loaded, plus 3 backup DVDs containing all of the music in files playable in iTunes and on the iPod. The Bach Edition takes up less than half of the iPod's 160 GB capacity.
As time goes on, Helmuth Rilling and the Bach-Collegium Stuttgart's achievement only grows in stature, especially now that Teldec's Bach Edition has vanished into Warner's heedless maw. In particular, Rilling's unaffectedly musical, period-performance-influenced but undogmatic approach seems designed to sustain long-term listener satisfaction. He's so strong in the basic qualities that matter most. For example, he has the best soloists of any major series of Bach vocal works--names like Arlene Auger, Juliane Banse, Matthias Goerne, Christophe Prégardien, Christine Schäfer--the list reads like a "who's who" of major late-20th-century singers. The choral singing also is uniformly superb.
Instrumental soloists are no less distinguished: Trevor Pinnock, Robert Levin, Evgeni Koroliev, Dmitry Sitkovetsky, and many others. As an instrumental conductor, Rilling isn't as overtly flashy as you'll find with some of the trendier period-instrument groups, but his mastery of Bach's idiom is never in doubt, and while you can perhaps do better in individual works (including Rilling's own last version of the B minor Mass), I can say with complete conviction that nothing here is less than very good as either performance or sound. In terms of sheer consistency the quality here is astonishing, and in terms of value for dollar this is unbeatable.
The 172 CDs come packaged with a CD-ROM containing all notes and texts (more than 5,000 pages). Certainly this is one of the great achievements in the history of recordings, and it's very satisfying to see that the Hänssler team understands the value of what it has done, and takes pride in the accomplishment. If you want the complete Bach, this is the obvious choice.
– David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com, reviewing the CD edition
Works on This Recording
Work(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Thomas Quasthoff (Baritone),
Arleen Augér (Soprano),
Ingeborg Danz (Alto),
Christine Schäfer (Soprano),
Juliane Banse (Soprano),
Yevgeny Koroliov (Piano)
Stuttgart Bach Collegium,
Gächinger Kantorei Stuttgart
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