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100 Best Bach

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Bach 100 Best is a broad survey of the music of J.S. Bach, drawn from the master's choral works, concertos, keyboard pieces, and other compositions that are regarded as his greatest music. Bearing in mind that these selections date from the late decades of the 20th century, there is some reason to be concerned over the age of the recordings and the slight variability of sound quality, which is inevitable in a six-disc collection. However, the preponderance of historically informed performances by leaders in the field of early music and the extremely high quality of the playing make other considerations small. The list of works sampled here include the Mass in B minor, the cantatas, the St. John Passion, the St. Matthew Passion, the Brandenburg Concertos, the violin concertos, the orchestral suites, the Goldberg Variations, the cello suites, and other pieces that have long been the most popular of Bach's oeuvre. EMI's roster of artists includes Jordi Savall, Ton Koopman, Gustav Leonhardt, Fabio Biondi, Monica Huggett, Christian Tetzlaff, Lionel Rogg, Elizabeth Wallfisch, Andrew Parrott, Jonathan Rees, Ralph Kirshbaum, Bob van Asperen, and several other distinguished performers, so this is a fine introduction to both Bach's music and the excellent musicians represented here.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1)
1 07:02 Amazon
2 04:24 Amazon
3 03:07 Amazon
4 05:28 Amazon
5 02:37 Amazon
Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174)
6 02:15 Amazon
Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134)
7 04:18 Amazon
Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169)
8 07:45 Amazon
Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14)
9 03:00 Amazon
10 02:04 Amazon
Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7)
11 01:18 Amazon
12 04:22 Amazon
St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2)
13 01:33 Amazon
14 05:09 Amazon
15 08:05 Amazon
Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130)
16 05:14 Amazon
Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18)
17 02:14 Amazon
18 08:58 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b)
1 06:22 Amazon
2 02:30 Amazon
3 06:05 Amazon
4 07:20 Amazon
Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium: "Kommt, eilet und laufet"), BWV 249 (BC D8)
5 05:13 Amazon
Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt," (Hunt Cantata), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3)
6 04:19 Amazon
Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166)
7 08:11 Amazon
8 04:24 Amazon
Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
9 02:26 Amazon
10 05:49 Amazon
Concerto for solo organ No. 2 in A minor (after Vivaldi Op. 3/8, RV 522), BWV 593 (BC J86)
11 04:08 Amazon
12 03:30 Amazon
13 03:57 Amazon
14 13:29 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 5

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Partita for solo flute in A minor, BWV 1013
1 05:02 Amazon
Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
2 05:30 Amazon
3 05:59 Amazon
4 03:59 Amazon
Italian Concerto, for solo keyboard in F major (Clavier-Übung II/1), BWV 971 (BC L7)
5 04:15 Amazon
6 04:50 Amazon
7 04:08 Amazon
Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
8 12:53 Amazon
Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007
9 02:35 Amazon
Suite for solo cello No. 3 in C major, BWV 1009
10 03:21 Amazon
11 03:09 Amazon
Suite for lute in E minor, BWV 996 (BC L166)
12 03:56 Amazon
13 00:59 Amazon
14 02:38 Amazon
Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1)
15 02:01 Amazon
16 02:24 Amazon
17 01:30 Amazon
18 02:37 Amazon
19 02:21 Amazon
20 01:35 Amazon
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