JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

Contents

1. Life
2. Selected Discography

LIFE

Johann Sebastian BachJohann Sebastian Bach (Eisenbach, 31 March 1685 – Leipzig 28 July 1750), German composer and organist. The major representative of a family of musicians which continued to flourish also after his death (especially but not exclusively with his sons), Bach is regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time after the Bach Revival in the 19th century. He was admired in his own time mainly for his skills as a keyboard virtuoso, while now he is highly praised for works as the St Matthew Passion, the Mass in B minor and the Brandenburg Concertos.

With the exception of opera, Bach’s catalogue includes works of every kind, remarkable for their straightforward invention and for their melodic breath and richness. Bach’s compositional activity was not limited to mere contributions, but he also widened the possibilities of every genre with his innovative and original approach. Several of his outputs remained matchless for a long time after his death. In his inexhaustible creativity, Bach can be compared only to Mozart.

The duties of Bach’s employment in different cities influenced his compositional choices, so that he privileged organ while he was in Weimer, chamber music when he worked in Köthen, and vocal music while he lived in Leipzig. Although for some works, especially the early ones, the date of composition cannot be established with certainty, Bach’s production can be considered as a logical and coherent progression determined not only by the needs of the moment, but also by his personal aims or preferences. He composed Lutheran as well Latin church music, a huge variety of sacred works including oratorios, Passions, cantatas and motets and devoted a significant number of compositions to keyboard (The Well-Tempered Clavier) and organ. Moreover, he wrote works for violin and harpsichord, as well as chamber and orchestral music.

SELECTED DISCOGRAPHY

Kathleen Battle Itzhak Perlman The Bach Album

The Bach Album

Kathleen Battle, soprano; Itzhak Perlman, violin
Orchestra of St. Luke’s – John Nelson, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 1992
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St John Passion (Johannes Passion)

Georg Poplutz, Yorck Felix Speer
Julia Kleiter, Gerhild Romberger, Daniel Sans, Matthias Winckhler
Bachchor Mainz, Bachorchester Mainz
Ralf Otto, conductor
Naxos, 2018
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Julia Fischer Johann Sebastian Bach Concertos

Julia Fischer – Bach Concertos

Academy of St Martin in the Fields
with Alexander Sitkovetsky, violin
and Andrey Rubtsov, oboe
Decca, 2009
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Johann Sebastian Bach Tombeau de Sa Majesté la Reine de PologneTombeau de Sa Majesté la Reine de Pologne

Katharine Fuge, Carlos Mena, Jan Kobow, Stephan MacLeod
Francis Jacob, organ
Ricercar Consort
Philippe Pierlot, conductor
Mirare, 2007
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Johann Sebastian Bach Matthaus Passion Karajan Janowitz Ludwig Schreier Fischer-DieskauMatthäus Passion

Peter Schreier, Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau, Gundula Janowitz, Christa Ludwig, Horst R. Laubenthal, Walter Berry, Anton Diakov
Wiener Singverein, Berliner Philharmoniker
Herbert von Karajan, conductor
Deutsche Grammophon, 1973 (1987)
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Carolyn Sampson Bach Cantatas for soprano

Cantatas for soprano

Carolyn Sampson, soprano; Andreas Wolf, bass-baritone
Freiburger Barockorchester
Petra Müllejans, conductor
Harmonia Mundi, 2017
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Johann Sebastian Bach Lutheran Masses vol 2 Johann Sebastian Bach Lutheran Masses vol 1Lutheran Masses. Vol. 1 & 2

Hana Blažìková, Joanne Lunn, Robin Blaze, Gerd Türk, Peter Kooij
Collegium Japan
Masaaki Suzuki, conductor
BIS, 2015
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Johann Sebastian Bach Cantatas Barbara Hendricks Peter SchreierBach. Kantaten

Barbara Hendricks, soprano
Håkan Hardenberger, trumpet
Kammerorchester C. P. E. Bach
Peter Schreier, conductor
EMI, 1989
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Johann Sebastian Bach Mass in B minor John Eliot GardinerMass in B minor

Hannah Morrison, Esther Brazil, Meg Bragle, Kate Symonds-Joy:, Peter Davoren, Alex Ashworth, David Shipley
Monteverdi Choir
English Baroque Orchestra
John Eliot Gardiner, conductor
SDG, 2015
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