J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Orchestral Works

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Karl Munchinger
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra
Soloists:Aurele Nicolet, flute
Igor Kipnis, harpsichord
Individual Works:Disc 1:
Concerto No. 1 in F major, BWV 1046
Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049

Disc 2:

Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
Concerto No. 6 in B-flat major, BWV 1051
Fugue BWV 542
Fugue BWV 947
Sinfonia from Chrismas Oratorio BWV 248
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring BWV 147
Sheep May Safely Graze BWV 208

Disc 3:

Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069

Disc 4:

The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080

Disc 5:

Conclusion - The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080
Musical Offering BWV 1079

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:London
Catalog Number:458 319-2
Year Released/Recorded:Recorded: 1965 1966 1972 1976 1985
This release: 1998
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 62.20
cd 2: 63.05
cd 3: 78.17
cd 4: 71.04
cd 5: 74.11
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Comments:Jan Hanford said:

This particular 5-cd set is either out of print or not available in the U.S., which is a shame. It is extraordinary.

I enjoy the lush sound of a non-HIP orchestra. Their tempos are so reasonable that I fell in love with this music all over again. Sensitive slow movements, warm and elegant fast movements; this has become one of my favorite sets. I know it's old-fashioned but I don't care, I love it.

Disc 2 includes Munchinger's own arrangements of two fugues and the famous chorales indicated above. They are delicious, I played this cd over and over.

Thankfully the Art of Fugue/Musical Offering set is easily available and gets my highest recommendation.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/15/2002