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Life And Works - Johann Sebastian Bach


Release Date: 07/16/2002 
Label:  Naxos   Catalog #: 8558051-54   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachGottfried H. Stölzel
Number of Discs: 4 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 4 Hours 35 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This selection contains narration about Bach's life and works by Jeremy
Siepmann, John Shrapnel and others. It contains a 106 page companion booklet with the complete spoken text, a detailed historical background and graded listening plan.
This selection contains narration about Bach's life and works by Jeremy
Siepmann, John Shrapnel and others. It contains a 106 page companion booklet with the complete spoken text, a detailed historical background and graded listening plan. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Capriccio in B flat major on the Departure of his Most Beloved Brother, BWV 992 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1704; Arnstadt, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 32 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Family background and early years." 
2.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 54 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach in trouble." 
3.
Concerto for 4 Harpsichords in A minor, BWV 1065: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 58 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach the husband and father." 
4.
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 543 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 12 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach the young composer." 
5.
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 8 in E flat minor, BWV 853 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 19 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach in Weimar (and in jail)." 
6.
Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major, BWV 1042: 3rd Movement, Allegro assai by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 39 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach leaves
Weimar." 
7.
Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 47 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach at Cöthen." 
8.
Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720-1721; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 9 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narration entitled "Bach and the Brandenburgs." 
9.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Et resurrexit by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 38 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "From grief to
joy through faith." 
10.
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "New beginnings: Bach remarries and his family grows." 
11.
Magnificat in D major, BWV 243: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1728-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 15 Secs. 
Language: Latin 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Domestic happiness and the move to Leipzig." 
12.
Ein feste Burg ist unser Gott, BWV 80: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1744; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 44 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach's duties
at Leipzig." 
13.
Three-Part Invention no 5 in E flat major, BWV 791 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 46 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach the teacher." 
14.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971: 3rd movement, Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 28 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The great keyboard works with an educational agenda." 
15.
Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147: Herz und Mund... by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "A letter to
the King." 
16.
Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825: Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 1 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach takes up
the poet's pen." 
17.
Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied, BWV 225: Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1727; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 50 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach's frustration at Leipzig." 
18.
Saint John Passion, BWV 245: no 1, Herr, unser Herrscher by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 8 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Frustrations
intensify." 
19.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 18 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The King of Poland's jubilee." 
20.
Prelude and Fugue in D major, BWV 532: Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1717; ?Weimar, Germany 
Length: 5 Minutes 30 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The Ernesti
affair." 
21.
Concerto for 3 Harpsichords in C major, BWV 1064: 3rd movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1738-1739; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 4 Minutes 26 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Adolf Scheibe's scathing views on Bach." 
22.
Schweigt stille, plaudert nicht, BWV 211 "Coffee Cantata": Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734-1735; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 7 Minutes 40 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach and opera." 
23.
Mer Hahn en neue Oberkeet, BWV 212 "Peasant Cantata": Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1742; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 15 Minutes 42 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is interspersed with narrated selections. 
24.
The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1745-1750; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 0 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "The twilight
years." 
25.
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 6 Minutes 7 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach's visit
to Frederick the Great." 
26.
Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Excerpt(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747-1749; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 2 Minutes 21 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Decline and
death." 
27.
Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 25 Secs. 
Language: German 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Goldberg Variations and 'Anna Magdalena's Notebook.'"
This work, formerly attributed to J.S. Bach, is currently believed to have
been composed by Gottfried Heinrich Stölzel. 
28.
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1708; Germany 
Length: 10 Minutes 4 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach and the organ." 
29.
Brandenburg Concerto no 1 in F major, BWV 1046: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717; ?Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 3 Minutes 52 Secs. 
Notes: This selection is preceded by a narrated selection entitled "Bach's efforts to leave Leipzig." 

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