J.S. Bach

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Bach: Greatest Hits

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Individual Works:"Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"
Minuet in G, BWV Anh. 114
Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Air from Orchestral Suite in D Major, BWV 1068
Badinerie from Orchestral Suite in B minor, BWV 1067
"Sheep May Safely Graze"
Invention no. 1 in C Major, BWV 772
Magnificat in D Major, BWV 243: Magnificat
"Sleepers, Awake"
Invention no. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
Invention no. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Concerto for Two Violins, Strings and Basso continuo in D minor, BWV 1043: I. Allegro
The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I, BWV 846: Prelude in C Major
"Brandenburg" Concerto no. 2 in F Major, BWV 1047: III. Allegro assai
"A Mighty Fortress Is Our God," BWV 302
"Brandenburg" Concerto no. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: II. Allegro
Fugue in G minor, BWV 578, "Little"
Suite for Lute in E Major, BWV 1006a: Gavotte en Rondeau
Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings and Bsso continuo no. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: II. Largo
"In dulci jubilo," BWV 751
"Bist du bel mir" (If Thou Be Near)
Italian Concerto in F Major, BWV 951: III. Presto
Sinfonia from Cantata no. 29
"Goldberg" Variations, BWV 988: Aria da capo
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical
Catalog Number:MLK 64051
Year Released/Recorded:Compiled 1994
Total Playing Time:76'59"
Comments:Hieu Tran said:

I guess if anyone wants a compilation that shows Bach's range of mood, spirit, color, etc., this may be a good album. These twenty-five tracks do not include all of what many would consider Bach's greatest hits, but it does include selections from most of his great works. Four of the pieces are performed by Glenn Gould on piano--you can hear him hum through Invention nos. 4 (which for some odd reason is missing a trill), 8, Prelude in C from the Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I; and Aria da capo from the Goldberg Variations. Rosalyn Tureck plays Invention no. 1 on piano also. A few cantatas are selected, of which "Sleepers, Awake" is a transcription for orchestra only. The Air is very sweet, but the Badinerie is slow and rigid. The Minuet in G is also an orchestral transcription. The Toccata and Fugue in D minor, played by Nicholas Danby on organ, is divided into two tracks, so you're getting cheated a bit with the number of tracks on the disc. There's a nice lute Gavotte en Rondeau originally for solo violin. Performers include Isaac Stern, Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra, Mormon Tabernacle Choir, Pablo Casals, and E. Power Biggs.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Hieu Tran
Date First Submitted:02/20/1999