Piano Solo * = required. Share. gave us in the 70s and 80s. (In a way the ultimate in historically informed orchestras, seeing that they have performed Bach every Sunday for the last two centuries in the Thomaskirche â together with the Thomaner Choir who sang under Bach himself.). The times of sewing machine baroque recordings â Vivaldi suffered notoriously â has long ended, and with each new recording the element of dance becomes more overt. Most likely composed as pedagogical exercises for keyboard players, the two books of the Well-Tempered Clavier contain a prelude and fugue written in all 24 major and minor keys of the chromatic scale. Gramophone Magazine is the only English language magazine that combines serious CD-reviewing with the glossy, popular magazine approach. RenÃ© Jacobsâ 2013 recording (Harmonia Mundi) shows the trend of recent HIP recordings in not trying to further push the envelope with regards to speed or explosiveness. Forty (!) The Keyboard Music of JS Bach, by David Schulenberg-- is a good descriptive index of all of keyboard music (keyboard viz. And among the more old-fashioned, big-boned crowd, I would be most likely to pick Karl Richter â slow and lush and glorious and above all: musical (Archiv or Profil) â from the shelves. The popular "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring" comes from his cantata Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben [Heart and mind and deed and life] using hymn text about having a close, personal relationship with Jesus. The whole discography with alternative picks is also presented on ionarts. Six Cello Suites. We'll instantly send an email containing product info and a link to it. Release Date: 01 Oct 2005. No-nonsense, no-picture publications like the American Record Guide or Fanfare Magazine (both American), which exude the charm of telephone books, are total geek literature, arcane, loved by the few dedicated readers, and more or less published out of the basements of their respective, dedicated publishersâ¦ private ventures and labors of love that, like the lamented International Record Review, wonât likely survive their founders. Johann Sebastian Bach is considered one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. This combination has been making very fine recordings of Bachâs large choral works. Artist: Oistrakh / Richter / Walcha / Goossens. Nikolaus Harnoncourtâs third recording of the St. Matthew Passion is a towering achievement with wonderful singers and, when it first came out in 2001, in a gorgeous book-like packaging. Amazon mp3: $22 | Amazon 2 CDs: ~$20 | ArkivMusic: $30 | Qobuz download Â£16-24 | iTunes mp3: NA, Gramophoneâs Choice: Trevor Pinnock (English, HÃ¤nssler), My Choice: AndrÃ¡s Schiff (Hungarian, ECM). 2104. And diversity, after all â not the historicist idea of authenticity â is what makes it so much fun to have different recordings of the same great works. Bach's most treasured compositions in accessible arrangements for budding instrumentalists with online demo and backing tracks for download or streaming with our popular Playback + features allowing the player to adjust pitch, change keys, slow down audio, and more. 1. GENRE: Classical. Most importantly, this enhances the dancing character of the music which is, after all, (stylized) dance music. You may opt-out by. For an essay on the late-romantic composer Hans Rott in Listen Magazine I won a 2012 ASCAP Deems Taylor Award. Find top songs and albums by Best of Bach including Bach: Invention 1 (Inventio I), Bach: Invention 13 (Inventio XIII) and more. I fail pitifully at describing exactly what she does so well, but I feel it every time upon listening. For jazzed-up Brandenburgs, Jacques Loussier (Telarc) is the foot-tappinâ choice. Style: Baroque. Spunky and swift, it chooses the lower French baroque pitch (~392 Hz) common to Weimar and CÃ¶then of Bachâs time. It was an 1829 performance of the St Matthew Passion organised by musicians including a young Felix Mendelssohn that helped revive interest in Bach's music. Listen to The Best of Bach by Various Artists on Apple Music. Iâll consider any recording that includes at least BWV 1041 & 1042 and I can think of many recordings Iâd give a more eager spin than Hopeâs, though in fairness: His account is absolutely listenable compared to the dated, sentimentalized mess that the likes of Itzhak Perlman, Pinchas Zukerman et al. While itâs easy enough for the keyboard to stand alone, string instruments have a â¦ Style: Baroque. LABEL: Eloquence. Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Bach* - Best Of Bach at Discogs. Discover more music, concerts, videos, and pictures with the largest catalogue online at Last.fm. Indeed, his is a musical interpretation of the gospel of St. Matthew, and it makes for one of the great Matthew Passion recordings. Karl Richter I & II (Archiv, both) and Helmut Rilling (HÃ¤nssler) would be far up my list, as would be a recent recording with Riccardo Chailly and the brawny Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra (Decca). If 18-Year-Olds Can Fight For Their Country, They Should Be Able To Smoke A Cigarette, Spotify List: Top Ten Bach Recordings, Forbes, âHistorically Most Informedâ St. John Passion, âAlmost Listâ of Best Recordings in 2008, the ultimate in historically informed orchestras. Glenn Gouldâs performances are eccentric and awesome, historic and important in taking the Goldberg Variations from the realm of specialists to a greater classical audience and beyond. Here are some of his best. et al. Bach's most treasured compositions in accessible arrangements for budding instrumentalists with online demo and backing tracks for download or streaming with our popular Playback + features allowing the player to adjust pitch, change keys, slow down audio, and more. seconds so intense, so heartfelt, so earnestly passionate, that absolutely without fail I tear up every time I hear it. Elon Musk announces Bach's Toccata and Fugue set to deter thieves in Tesla's new alarm system. Much of it purls along with gentle ease while Egarrâs finely spun harpsichord interjections make Pinnock sound comparatively earthbound. Your information is handled in accordance with the ABC Privacy Collection Statement. Their âHistorically Most Informedâ St. John Passion is a favorite. 1, Bach had been composing for 20 years. Johann Sebastian Bach (31 March 1685 â 28 July 1750) was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. It was my favorite recording of 2009â¦ and apart from Tzimon Bartoâs new disc (Capriccio, riffing liberally off the Busoni adaptation), thereâs no other recording, conventional or oddball, that brings me quite as much easy joy. EY & Citi On The Importance Of Resilience And Innovation, Impact 50: Investors Seeking Profit â And Pushing For Change, Michigan Economic Development Corporation With Forbes Insights. No.9 Mass in B minor Netherlands Bach Society / Jos van Veldhoven (Dutch, Channel Classics), Amazon mp3: NA | Amazon 2 SACDs: ~$33-45 | ArkivMusic: NA | Qobuz download NA | iTunes mp3: NA, Gramophoneâs Choice: Dunedin Consort and Players / John Butt (English, Linn), My Choice: Netherlands Bach Society / Jos van Veldhoven (Dutch, Channel Classics). The Best Of Bach. Many in his family were composers and musicians. Badinerie" and more. All other works are either adaptations or reconstructions of concertos written either for different instruments or adapted for other instruments from subsequently lost originals for the violin or concertos for more than one violin (BWV 1043 for two violins is a common disc-mate) or violin and another instrument (like the reconstruction of BWV 1060 for violin and oboe instead of two harpsichords)â¦ You get the point. A more detailed review can be read here. Glenn Gould is admittedly Canadian, not English (or even British), but for one he is the canât-get-around-figure when it comes to the Goldberg Variations (at least where a conventional recommendation is concerned) and at least Canada is a member of the Commonwealth. I also love the Herreweghe recordings, both the 1984 and even more so the one from 1999 (both Harmonia Mundi), which catches counter-tenor Andreas Scholl at his ethereal best. Still, Iâve no hesitations when it comes to a âbestâ, which is to say favorite, version: Jos van Veldhoven and the Netherlands Bach Society on Channel Classics! As with Richard Egarrâs Brandenburg Concertos (mentioned below), this gives a relaxed, flexible buoyancy to the music, especially in the Third and Fourth Suites that use trumpets. But there are other recordings possessing other qualities that are every bit as good, and the most exciting of those might well be that of Russian (London-living) Victoria Mullova. If I opted for a HIP recording, it would be Peter Wispelweyâs Second (Channel Classics). I used to read it religiously and got many of my first hints, tastes, and opinions from its pages. 1 CD . : Orchestral Suite No. Bach* ââ The Best Of Bach Label: Telmak ââ CS2-E Format: Vinyl, LP, Compilation Country: Australia Released: 1985 Genre: Classical. Give me instead Jean-Guihen Queyras. In the best moments he shows Ã©lan and a refreshing, athletic stride â but all too often it just sounds wimpy. Gain deeper insights into the world of classical music. My enjoyment isnât confined to the most recent in recording technology and performance ideology. Like a lot of Bach's work, it includes music from some of his earlier compositions, including three secular cantatas. Air, Bach, JS: Brandenburg Concerto No. Could A âMorality Pillâ Help Stop The Covid-19 Pandemic? Sound choices, all; Iâll go with a spiritual one: With Enoch zu Guttenbergâs and his âSound Administration Orchestraâ (Farao). Listen to Best Of Bach by Various Artists on Deezer. And the whiplash of the continuo string instruments and the frenzied violins in the recitative âErbarm es Gott!â depicts the beating of Christ about as vividly as the Mel Gibson film. It is an extended, surprisingly slow and devastatingly disturbing cry that tears through the fabric of the music. Tracklist . Johann Sebastian Bach composed over 1000 pieces of music. If I went conventional-yet-non-Gould, Perahiaâs very good, very pianistic, romantic recording would be it, or those of Zhu Xiao-Mei (Mirare). The once dissonant chord which, to our ears no longer so shriekingly dissonant, is played out so harrowingly that the dissonance is again audible. (pxhere) Johann Sebastian Bach came from a distinguished musical lineage in Germany. Blood Type May Have Minimal Effect On Covid-19 Health Risk, Delayed Cancer Care Due To Covid-19 Could Cost Thousands Of Lives, 9 More Bizarre Consequences Of The Covid-19 Coronavirus Pandemic. Daniel Hope is a decent violinist who is good at playing his instrument and better still at playing audiences. Heâs had a long recording career and benefits from his association with the excellent Hyperion label, which oozes quality on sheer reputation. Label: Naxos - 8.552103-04 â¢ Series: The Very Best Of (6) â¢ Format: 2x, CD Compilation â¢ Country: Europe â¢ Genre: Classical â¢ Style: Baroque Little performed until they were revived by Pablo Casals in the early 20th century, today Bach's Cello Suites are among the most well-known pieces of music for solo cello. Some scholars estimate Bach was writing as much as a cantata a week at times during his years composing for the church. The gold standard for the Cello Suites used to be the first cellist to record (and for all practical purposes re-discover) these works: Pablo Casals (EMI/Warner). No quibbles here: Canterbury-born Trevor Pinnockâs second recording of the Brandenburg Concertos (Avie) is terrific: Historically informed playing (which has really become the standard in this repertoire) at a very high level. Orchestral Suites. No.10 St. Matthew Passion Klangverwaltung Orchester / Enoch zu Guttenberg (Farao), Amazon mp3: NA | Amazon 3 CDs: ~$27-30 | ArkivMusic: NA | Qobuz download NA | iTunes mp3: $25, Gramophoneâs Choice: Concentus Musicus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir / Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Austrian, Teldec/Warner), My Choice: Klangverwaltung Orchester / Enoch zu Guttenberg (German, Farao). Yes, âGreat!â, but neither playing nor the recorded sound are anywhere remotely what we are used to and should expect. Add to Bag. His works are pillars of mankindâs culture, and his music constitute the first tracks etched onto the golden record on the space probe Voyager that sails toward hypothetical distant galactic civilizations. Today they are considered among the best music from the Baroque era. There is something about the music of Johann Sebastian Bach that puts it in a category of its own. And indeed, when they published a â10 Best Bach Recordingsâ list early last year, they topped it in such a ridiculous way that it needed soft rebutting which I hope to provide hereby. Spotify playlist with the most popular tracks of J.S Bach. Is Your Doctor Making Mistakes Because He Or She Is Too Tired? Their list, 90% Anglocentric, reads almost as if the Italians, the French, the Dutch, the Germans, Czech, or Japanese etc. But that doesnât make her very solid Well-Tempered Clavier the top choice for me. No.2 Brandenburg Concertos Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi), Amazon mp3: $18 | Amazon 2 CDs: ~$27 | ArkivMusic: $29 | Qobuz download Â£15-19 | iTunes mp3: $18, Gramophoneâs Choice: European Brandenburg Ensemble / Trevor Pinnock (English, Avie), My Choice: Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (English, Harmonia Mundi). On harpsichord, I would probably be least willing to part with Richard Egarr (Harmonia Mundi). I should think that potential aliens might rather get too sanguine an impression of us* â¦ but there we go: Bach is the beeâs knees, and anyone who knows Bach but doesnât love his music is going to be suspect to me, lest I learn a exculpatory reason for their lamentable deficiency. Steven Isserlis is a very charming, gregarious man, a fine cellist, and a savvy artist. (* Carl Sagan, asked if the disc might not have included only Bach, quipped: âThat would be bragging!â). The best recordings of JS Bachâs The Well-Tempered Clavier; Six Partitas. 2 in B Minor, BWV 1067: VII. These six keyboard suites of dance movements were first published in 1726. But there is rhyme and reason to all he does. Â© 2020 Forbes Media LLC. For years this was the recording (or one of them) I recommended as a top choice and it will remain one of several magnificent bequeathals by the 87-year old Harnoncourt, who is in ill health. No.6 The Cello Suites Jean-Guihen Queyras (Harmonia Mundi), Amazon mp3: $18 | Amazon 2 CDs: ~$30 | ArkivMusic: $29 | Qobuz download Â£14 | iTunes mp3: $20, Gramophoneâs Choice: Steven Isserlis (English, Hyperion), My Choice: Jean-Guihen Queyras (French, Harmonia Mundi). I occasionally work with musicians, orchestras, and record labels on questions of repertoire and I am particularly interested in how to retain classical music as a living art form, not mere museum art. Since Iâm not trying to deliberately make a list devoid of English performers (who have, after all, dominated the early music and historically informed scene for years and for good reason), Iâll go with Englishman Egarr directing the equally English Academy of Ancient Music: Itâs a superb performance in a subtle way. have not made meaningful contributions to the genre of Bach recordings at all. BBC Music Magazine gets close; Classic FM Magazine lasted nearly twenty years but wasnât taken seriously by the cogniscenti. SKU â 00028946115923 . His touch on the harpsichord is soft and ever-deft. I know someone else has coined the term for a different work, but with Queyras the Suites become the apotheosis of dance. He is the only composer on whom I cannot overdose, and while his music seemed dated to his own, slightly embarrassed sons, it strikes us as perfectly timeless now. For sheer rhythm and pluck, I would go with Friedrich Guldaâs recording (Decca / MPS), for wallowing in beauty and a hint of nostalgia with Tatyana Nikolayevaâs 1984 live, but out-of-print recordings from Japan (Victor). Register now to continue reading Thank you for visiting Gramophone and making use of our archive of more than 50,000 expert reviews, features, awards and blog articles. But this is nearly a dud. Best of Bach By Brilliant Classics "When the Angels sing for themselves they play Mozart, but when they sing for God, they play Bach." 12 tracks (74:18). Fortunately, studies of the dance-forms on which these âsuites of âmixed styleââ are based, their origins and tempos, are increasingly taken into account by todayâs performers, whether part of the officially HIP crowd or not. 3 For Orchestra In D Major : A2: Brandenburg Concerto No. Marketplace 0 2 For Sale from $9.99. Bach's Concerto for Two Violins is one of his most famous works. According to an early biography of Bach, the Goldberg Variations were composed to help ease the nights of an insomniac Count and were named after harpsichord virtuoso Johann Gottlieb Goldberg who played outside the Count's bedroom at night. Add to Collection Add to Wantlist Remove from Wantlist. Brandenburg Concerto No. âClavierÃ¼bung Part Iâ) are, like Bachâs Suites and Overtures, stylized dance music. Witnessing the gruesome death of Jesus and the ensuing earthquake, the heathen Roman executioners and their captain (of all people) are the first non-disciples to grasp the meaning of what has happened before them, and thus the beginning of Christendom. He offered them âto music lovers in order to refresh their spiritsâ. Johann Sebastian Bach composed over 1000 pieces of music. Tracklist . Bach's music fell mostly into obscurity following his death. The category of violin concertos is tricky with Bach, as there are only two (BWV 1041 & 1042) that are straightforward surviving concertos for one solo violin. Bach* ââ Best Of Bach Label: Belart ââ 461 159-2 Format: CD, Compilation Country: Europe Released: 25 Aug 1995 Genre: Classical. But their Mass in B minor is the least convincing of the bunch amid extreme competition. Gramophoneâs Choice: Ensemble Sonnerie / Monica Huggett (English, Avie) My â¦ And speaking of Isserlis: Of all the Gramophone Bach-choices, I find this (and Hope) the most obviously biased one. Format: CD. The mass includes sections not usually part of regular church services during Bach's time, and some have speculated about the irregular format that Bach saw the Mass in B minor as a summation of his art. Bach's Christmas Oratorio â which recording is best? Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Very Best of Bach [Virgin Classics] - on AllMusic - 2006 Edit Release All Versions of this Release New Submission . Another Commonwealth-non-deviation from the pro-British bias, Angela Hewitt has long been a favorite in the Gramophone Magazine pages. Johann Sebastian Bach came from a distinguished musical lineage in Germany. A compilation that offers unbeatable value-for-money, in great performances from the Deutsche Grammophon and Archiv catalogues of Bach favourites - orchestral, â¦ In six parts, Bach's Christmas Oratorio tells the story of the birth of Jesus. Gramophone picks the differently eccentric, second performance from 1981; I would recommend the edition that combines both, this and the groundbreaking one from 1955, when and if it has to be Gould. He is known for instrumental compositions such as the Brandenburg Concertos and the Goldberg Variations, and vocal music such as the St Matthew Passion and the Mass in B minor. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the 2005 CD release of The Very Best Of Bach on Discogs. The 1996 recording of the Academy for Ancient Music Berlin (AAMB) has been my standard (and among my âBest of 2013â, in its re-issue). I actually agree with the Gramophone choice of Rachel Podger (Channel Classics). Wodehouse and the Shakespeare of the musical score rolled into one. [The entire list on Amazon (on CDs) can be found here and, alas incomplete/patched, as MP3s here. For its Ninth-out-of-Nine Anglo-centric recordings, Gramophone nods to the Scots and the Edinburgh-based HIP Dunedin Consort led by Englishman John Butt. FireFox NVDA users - To access the following content, press 'M' to enter the iFrame. Listen to Bach's best arias and choruses read about their place in music history. Listen free to Johann Sebastian Bach â The Very Best of Bach (Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 645 "Sleepers Awake" and more). Play on Spotify. Sku: 468295. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. Bach to scare off thieves in Teslaâs new alarm system, Cantata BWV 140, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme. By emotional coin-toss, I will go with the former, perhaps slightly safer choice for the recommendation. All Rights Reserved, This is a BETA experience. My hard-won top pick is the performance of the Concerto KÃ¶ln, though. In some ways, Queyras, without copying the old master, could be thought of as a modern Fournier. Brandenburg Concerto No. Just three examples: The cry âBarabasâ â when the crowd opts to free the murderer over Jesus â is not a short punctuated staccato interruption. Recordings of Bachâs Brandenburg Concertos are ample; deducting for duplications and compilations, ArkivMusic lists about 50 available complete versionsâ¦ and âPinnock IIâ is among a bunch of favorites, but it wouldnât quite be my top choice. The Partitas (a.k.a. With a biography to match, versatile interests and talents, heâs someone every violinist should study for PR utilization, if not technique. Really? Curiously, these works are the ones of Bach where I care least about which performance I am listening to, so long as it is one of the many good ones. The manuscripts for the Brandenburg Concertos weren't published until 1849 and were almost lost in World War II. The coup of Guttenbergâs interpretation of the Matthew Passion is that he elevatesâor rather: uncovers and restoresâthe climax of Matthewâs gospel as the highpoint of Bachâs work. It is at Matthew 27:54 and part 63b (NBA) in Bach, at the end of the crucifixion scene. Itâs very HIP and consequently employs a small chorus (with three ripienists to a part on the large size for HIP, if you are into that sort of arcane detail), but the choral parts that we love in the Kyrie, the Sanctus, or the Gloria come through with real opulence and splendor, in audiophile sound. Best of Bach. None of that makes this the go-to recording of the Bach Violin concertos. Their Matthew Passion made my own âAlmost Listâ of Best Recordings in 2008. Complete your Bach* collection. (pxhere). Description . Look! Listen to music by Best of Bach on Apple Music. RELEASE DATE: 24/11/2020. Uninitiated listening might suggest that when Guttenberg passes the chalice, he hands it over with a cup of crazy. Bach* The Very Best of Bach â (CD, Comp) VOX (6) FCA1014: Australia: 1993: Sell This Version: Reviews Add Review [r6824525] Release. Series: Instrumental Play-Along Format: Softcover Audio Online Trombone Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach 15 selections of some of J.S. A1: Air From Suite No. Instead, Jacobs hones in on subtlety and gentle nuance and employs the two choruses and orchestras in the most dramatically effective, stereophonic way. Upon much-anticipated arrival, it won the 2007 Gramophone Award and the magazine is sticking to its guns. My pool of potential choices includes Giuliano Carmignola and Concerto KÃ¶ln (Archiv), Amandine Beyer and Gli Incogniti (Zig Zag), the Freiburg Barockorchester with Petra MÃ¼llejans and Gottfried von der Goltz, Andrew Manze with the Academy of Ancient Music (Harmonia Mundi) among the historically informed performance (HIP) crowd; Julia Fischer or Janine Jansen (both Decca) or Thomas Zehetmair with the Amsterdam Bach Soloists (Berlin Classics, holding up very nicely against otherwise all new recordings) with modern instruments. Catalogue No: 4611592. Various Artists. Sticking among interpretations on the piano, Iâll go with Zhu Xiao-Mei, a pianistâs pianist (as the clichÃ© goes), whose understated and deeply felt Bach fascinates me to no end. Bach is the P.G. The chorale âWenn ich einmal soll scheidenâ isnât so much dour but displays an utter reluctance to part. The old-school standard, meanwhile, is Nathan Milsteinâs second recording (Deutsche Grammophon) which is still a standard bearer worth going back to. Tracklist Hide Credits. J.S. That makes the pianist Schiff my choice over the excellent harpsichord playing of Pinnockâs (in excellent sound on HÃ¤nssler), which was ahead of its time and remains glorious. At various times I have worked with the CATO Institute, written for the Washington Post, contributed to Washington's Public Radio Station, and sold classical music at Tower Records. âProximity biasâ or âmere exposure effectâ might be the appropriate euphemism for them being unabashed homers. They are, all gratitude and nostalgia aside, merely of historical interest. A detailed discography to accompany this list, including alternative choices, can be found on ionarts. He doesnât set out to shock (not even peripherally), or primarily excite, but to delight. $9.95. Rightly so; her Bach is delightful, I have enjoyed her recitals over the years, been turned on by her Bach Concertos (Hyperion) and turned off by her lecturing. Well, thatâs silly, so here is â acknowledging the still inherently subjective nature of such lists â a âTop Tenâ that tries to avoid that bias and (probably) substitute it with some other, perhaps more subtle bias. Product Code: 00028946115923. ], No.1 Orchestral Suites Concerto KÃ¶ln (Berlin Classics), Amazon mp3: $16 | Amazon 2 CDs: ~$30 | ArkivMusic: $30 | Qobuz download Â£11 | iTunes mp3: $14, Gramophoneâs Choice: Ensemble Sonnerie / Monica Huggett (English, Avie), My Choice: Concerto KÃ¶ln (German, Berlin Classics). 3 in D Major, BWV 1068: II. I contribute to Listen Magazine and Auditorium and mostly live in Vienna, Austria. 19 songs. Why not register today and â¦ Since the 19th-century Bach Revival he has been generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of â¦ In stock. JS Bach's immense catalogue of sacred music is among the greatest musical achievements of the baroque period. A Spotify playlist can be found Spotify List: Top Ten Bach Recordings, Forbes, but since Spotify lacks numerous labels and good meta-data, it has been padded with second and third choices. Although they were his Op. Style: Baroque. Italian Concerto . I donât have to. I still love my very first recording: Gardinerâs on Erato. Qty. I like Monica Huggettâs full, rich-sounding recording a lot, and also the reconstructions it features, and have reviewed it positively. Label: Naxos ââ 8.552103-04 Gratitude is due; suggesting itâs the only or even best choice in the 21st century is either bold or very timid. Iâll go off that path and recommend the interpretation of the Piano Duo Tal and Groethuysen, who recorded the version for two pianos by Joseph Rheinberger and then adapted by Max Reger. Within a totally unruffled outwardly demeanor, she manages to evoke a wildly playful feeling in the music. Possibly one of the most famous pieces of classical music, Bach's Toccata and Fugue in D minor has made an appearance in some interesting formats, including car alarms and Walt Disney's Fantasia. Bach's Mass in B minor is made up of some of the best music he composed in the preceding decades. No.3 Violin Concertos Petra MÃ¼llejans, Gottfried von der Goltz / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra... [+] (Harmonia Mundi), Amazon mp3: $6 | Amazon CD: ~$16 | ArkivMusic: $19 | Qobuz download Â£9-14 | iTunes mp3: NA, Gramophoneâs Choice: Chamber Orchestra of Europe / Daniel Hope (English, Warner), My Choice: Petra MÃ¼llejans, Gottfried von der Goltz / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (German, Harmonia Mundi). Not so the next gold standard, which was set by Pierre Fournier (Deutsche Grammophon), a recording that still enlivens every room it is played in. I missed it on first exposure, but after repeat-listening I was blown away by the nuances, the details, the conscious (but not tiresome) phrasing of every note and the electric air. Re-listening to these and many others, I found the Freiburg recording the most delicate, vividly phrased, with perfect intonation and a light and lively understatement and Amandine Beyerâs the most exciting. Find many great new & used options and get the best deals for The Best of Bach - CD - ITEM at the best online prices at eBay! At various times I have worked with the CATO Institute, written for the Washington Post, contributed to Washington's Public Radio Station, and sold classical music atâ¦. After his death, his work almost faded into obscurity, but thanks renewed interest during the 19th century, today we remember him as one of the greatest composers in the history of Western music. Thatâs perhaps the one reason I choose him over the more extrovert but excellent recording of Gavriel Lipkind (a comparative review can be read here), or the surprise contender Arnau TomÃ s (Aglae, in almost artificially great sound) that swept the board in a recent blind-listening exercise I participated in. Bach*, E. Power Biggs ââ Best Of Bach Label: Columbia Masterworks ââ M 31840 Series: The Sound Of Genius Masterworks Library â Format: Vinyl, LP Country: US Released: 1973 Genre: Classical . In my time as a clerk at Tower Records, we would sometimes make fun of Gramophone Magazineâs rather obvious pro-English biases. Thereâs a litany of recordings I love for different reasons, Gould included: For example Konstantin Konstantin Lifschitz (Denon), Murray Perahia (Sony Classical), and Evgeni Koroliov (HÃ¤nssler) when it comes to version on the piano; Richard Egarr for flexibility (HMU), Pierre HantaÃ¯ for vividness (naÃ¯ve or Mirare), or Masaaki Suzuki for explosive fascination (BIS) on the harpsichord. Find album reviews, stream songs, credits and award information for The Best of Bach - John Eliot Gardiner on AllMusic - 2013 You may also enter a personal message. His lightness (a lightness of touch, not the speedy timidity of Isserlis) has the grace that makes it impossible to tire of his playing. Itâs speedy, lean, without much audible interpretive weight, and recorded with a thin sound in a very dry acoustic, despite the luxurious sound that his Stradivarius (Suites 1-4, 6) and Guadagnini (Suite 5) cellos usually produce in concert or on other recordings.