Essential Bach

Release Date: 6/13/2000
Label: Decca
Catalog Number: 466465
Number of Discs: 2

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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 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.
Works on This Recording
1. Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Thurston Dart (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1729-1731 ; Leipzig, Germany
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
3. Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major, BWV 1049: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: José Luis Garcia (Violin), John [recorder] Turner (Recorder), David Munrow (Recorder)
Conductor: Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; ?Cöthen, Germany
4. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1741-1742 ; Nuremberg, Germany
5. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 1st movement, Allegro moderato by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Christopher [hpsch] Middleton (Harpsichord), Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Conductor: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
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
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)
Period: Baroque
8. Mass in B minor, BWV 232: Crucifixus by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque
Written: 1747-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
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
10. French Suite no 5 in G major, BWV 816: no 7, Gigue by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1724 ; Leipzig, Germany
11. Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Eduardo Fernandez (Guitar)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
12. Saint Matthew Passion, BWV 244: no 78, Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Sir Georg Solti
Period: Baroque
Written: ?1727 ; Leipzig, Germany
13. Brandenburg Concerto no 2 in F major, BWV 1047: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Italo Colandrea (Violin), Antonio Perez (Violin), Guy Touvron (Trumpet), Heinz Holliger (Oboe), Pina Carmirelli (Violin), Michael Copley (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble: I Musici
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1718 ; ?Cöthen, Germany
14. Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor, BWV 1043: 2nd movement, Largo ma non tanto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Henryk Szeryng (Violin), Maurice Hasson (Violin)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
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
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
17. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2nd movement, Adagio by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: János Starker (Cello), György Sebok (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1720 ; Cöthen, Germany
18. Italian Concerto, BWV 971: 1st movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque
Written: 1735 ; Leipzig, Germany
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
20. Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: 2nd movement, Andante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Christopher [hpsch] Middleton (Harpsichord), Salvatore Accardo (Violin)
Conductor: Salvatore Accardo
Orchestra/Ensemble: Chamber Orchestra of Europe
Period: Baroque
Written: 1717-1723 ; Cöthen, Germany
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
22. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Minuet by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: William [flute] Bennett (Flute)
Period: Baroque
23. Suite for Orchestra no 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: William [flute] Bennett (Flute)
Period: Baroque
24. Concerto for Oboe in F major, BWV 1053: Siciliano by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Heinz Holliger (Oboe)
Conductor: Iona Brown
Period: Baroque
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
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
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
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
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
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
31. Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 3rd movement, Allegro by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: José Luis Garcia (Violin), Richard Adeney (Flute), Raymond Leppard (Harpsichord)
Conductor: Raymond Leppard
Orchestra/Ensemble: English Chamber Orchestra
Period: Baroque
Written: 1720-1721 ; ?Cöthen, Germany
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
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
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
35. 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
36. Chorale Preludes (6) BWV 645-650 "Schübler": no 1, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor: Raymond Agoult
Orchestra/Ensemble: New Symphony Orchestra of London
Period: Baroque
Written: circa 1748-1749 ; Leipzig, Germany
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