View Poll Results: What's your favourite and/or JSB work?

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  • Goldberg Variations

    13 12.04%
  • Musical Offering

    3 2.78%
  • Brandenburg Concertos

    24 22.22%
  • St.Matthew Passion

    12 11.11%
  • St.John Passion

    3 2.78%
  • Mass in B minor

    13 12.04%
  • Christmas Oratorio

    2 1.85%
  • The Well-Tempered Clavier (books 1 & 2)

    13 12.04%
  • Suites (Overtures) BWV 1066-1069

    3 2.78%
  • Other

    22 20.37%
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Thread: The Bach Poll

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    Default The Bach Poll

    Mostly intended to get some Bach talk going: What's your most favourite and/or the best work(s) from the great man?

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    Brandenburgisches Konzerte. One of greatest wonders of harmony.

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    I like The Art of The Fugue.
    I adore art...when I am alone with my notes, my heart pounds and the tears stream from my eyes, and my emotion and my joys are too much to bear.

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    It is impossible do say a single work of Bach, I would list my top t0, with the risk of forgetting several other most-loved works:

    Cantata "Ach Gott, vom Himmel sieh darein" BWV 2
    Cantata "Christus lag in Todes Banden" BWV 4
    Motet Singet dem Herrn ein neues Lied BWV 225
    Mass in B minor BWV 232
    St. Matthew's Passion BWV 244
    Toccata and Fugue in D (Dorian) BWV 538
    Passacaglia and fugue in C minor BWV 582
    Partita in C minor BWV 826
    Goldberg Variations BWV 988
    Sonata for violin and keyboard in C minor BWV 1017 (oh God, another piece in c minor!)

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    What are his best cantatas, and what are the best recordings of them?

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    Default Hard to choose

    It is a wonderful question, and my answer could very depending what mood I am in at the present.

    Partita No 1-3 BWV 1002-1006

    I have all the pieces on the list and love each one of them. I don't know why but the piano or violin is so emotional for me. I can't do anything but sit still and listen giving it my complete attention.

    Is it just because Bach is so good, the music is so emotional, but why oh why are we not the same after hearing it? We are changed or it has changed us imbued us and taken us to another realm. So much substance - After a piece I just can't listen to any more music for awhile, like after a meal I am full and have to digest it. Maybe I am just crazy?
    No, it's a Bb. It looks wrong and it sounds wrong, but it's right - Vaughan Williams.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    What are his best cantatas, and what are the best recordings of them?
    Even though I'm not a great Bach connaisseur, I'll list her my favorite cantatas:

    BWV 2, 4, 12, 19, 80, 82, 98, 106, 131, 140, 170, 199, 211, 214 (both secular).

    Of the aforementioned cantatas here are my favorite Cd's:



    (it has also the BWV 80)



    I know 3 complete sets of cantatas, Rilling's, Harnoncourt's and the one from the Brilliant box, happily, all three are great, I would recommend to buy brilliant's set due to its price. Never heard many cantatas with Masaaki Suzuki, but what I heard is very good, so I would also check his version as well.
    Last edited by bdelykleon; Jun-15-2009 at 22:39.

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    195 (or whatever) Bach cantatas is a bit too much of a good thing for me, so I'll probably never buy a complete set, but I'd like to have the most important of them and your recommendations will definitely help - thanks.

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    And don't miss his motets, Singet dem Herrn and Jesu, meine Freunde are among the greatest music ever composed.

    Take a look:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h4Q1ybnbQc

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    Quote Originally Posted by jhar26 View Post
    195 (or whatever) Bach cantatas is a bit too much of a good thing for me, so I'll probably never buy a complete set, but I'd like to have the most important of them and your recommendations will definitely help - thanks.
    Oh, this little (?) box is one of the wonders of my life:



    I recommend it to anyone capable of sparing 100 USD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bdelykleon View Post
    And don't miss his motets, Singet dem Herrn and Jesu, meine Freunde are among the greatest music ever composed.

    Take a look:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4h4Q1ybnbQc
    Yes, I have those on a Cantus Colln disc that I still haven't listened to.

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    BTW - my vote in the poll was for Mass in B minor, one of my favorite works by any composer.

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    WTC ftw.

    That bach box has a lot of crappy recordings in it, but granted it does give you "everything"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rasa View Post
    WTC ftw.

    That bach box has a lot of crappy recordings in it, but granted it does give you "everything"
    Yes, but all complete boxes do, even boulez's Webern doesn't have great recordings of all pieces.

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    Its hard to vote for one work as one day I will be into Sacred then move on to Cantata at the moment I am giving the Goldbergs a thrashing, regarding boxed sets, I never never go for them I prefer to go for the CD that is most highly recommended at the time as Rasa said too many poor recordings in boxes

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