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    I'm a huge J.S. Bach fan and I'd like to recommend what I consider classic recordings .

    Keith Jarrrett for Well Tempered Clavier ( book 1 as well as book 2 ) and The French Suites .
    It seems that a lot of people consider Jarrett just a jazz pianist, but that's not true at all.
    To me he plays these pieces as if he wrote them . Really wonderful !

    Next is Andras Schiff's recording of The Goldberg Variations . The 1983 "Penguin Classics" recording . It is perfection !
    By the way, I've heard a snippet from the latest rerecording he did, and I just did'nt care for it .

    Next is Paul Galbraith . This guy plays an 8 string acoustic guitar which he holds upright like a cello . I have The Lute Suites as well as The Sonatas & Partitas for unaccompanied violin . The tone of his guitar is rich and voluptuous , and his playing is consistently elegant , and gorgeous !

    I've got more, but then I could go on and on forever about Bach .
    Good listening !
    Any comments or recommendations ?

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    Ah, thanks. I definately want to get my hands on a recording of the Well Tempered Clavier soon - I'll look out for that performer.

    I hardly listen to anything other than Bach nowadays. This didn't go down very well at my Conservatorium audition though. lol.

    Other than the 48, what are Bach's most important works? I currently have the Art of Fugue (for strings), and some beautiful arias/vocal works, mainly soprano solos with instrumental accompaniment. Oh, and some piano concertos. If you could recommend some others, I would be very grateful.

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    Thumbs up Reply to Phatic

    Well Phatic, while I am a huge fan and have quite a few recordings, I could'nt even begin to consider that I were any type of authority on Bach . The man was just too prolific, and my collection is small, relative to his output .
    As far as important ? What I like is very important to me .
    And I'm very opinionated .

    I do, however, have a few more recommendations .

    Toccatas, BWV 910-916 recorded by Edward Parmentier ( harpsichord ) .
    I'm still kind of warming up to this one, but I like it so far .

    The Two-Part Inventions BWV 772a-786
    The Three-Part Inventions BWV 787-801
    This is all on one cd recorded by Andras Schiff on piano. Very nice stuff .

    The Complete Brandenburg Concertos & Overtures 1 & 2 .
    Recorded by Deutshe Bachsolisten
    Helmut Winschermann conducting
    I can't believe that I got this two disc set for 5.99 U.S dollars ! Also very nice .

    I don't have any vocal works of Bach's, so any recommendations you could offer would be appreciated .

    Well there you are . Enjoy .
    Last edited by CML; Oct-03-2006 at 06:49. Reason: I was'nt finished and depressed the wrong key

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    Ah thanks very much, I will look into all of those. I've heard some parts of the Brandenburg Concertos, and like them a lot too.

    The vocal CDs are called Heavenly Voices - it's just a compilation of lots of Bach's vocal music, for solo soprano. It's very beautiful.

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    I'm glad I could help you out.
    I'll check out Heavenly Voices.

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    Cello Suites, Pierre Fournier, 1960 versions are my favorite

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    Highlights from my collection would be:

    Andras Schiff - Goldberg Variations (newer ECM Recording)
    Angela Hewitt - English Suites (Hyperion)
    Rostropovich - Cello Suites (EMI)
    Sviatoslav Richter - Well-Tempered Clavier (not the best recording available by far, but my adoration of Richter gives it a special place)
    John Williams - Lute Suites (on Guitar) (Sony)

    And a couple oddities for when I want something different:
    Kurt Rodarmer - Goldberg Variations Transcribed for Guitar (Sony)
    Goldberg Variations Transcribed for Strings by Dmitry Sitkovetsky/NES Chamber Orchestra (Nonesuch)

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    I recently purchased a recording of ’Goldberg Variations’ by Rosalyn Tureck and it just astounded me, it is the best one that I have heard, she was an outstanding interpreter and performer of Bach.
    Also the Six Partitas BWV 825-830, played by Angela Hewitt, is a great performance, but any Bach from Tureck is good.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andante View Post
    I recently purchased a recording of ’Goldberg Variations’ by Rosalyn Tureck and it just astounded me, it is the best one that I have heard, she was an outstanding interpreter and performer of Bach.
    Also the Six Partitas BWV 825-830, played by Angela Hewitt, is a great performance, but any Bach from Tureck is good.
    Yes, Tureck's Bach is great. Especially in a market where there is the heavy competition of Gould, Hewitt, etc. I have Tureck's Goldberg Variations (the earlier recording) as well as her BBC Legends performance of Well-Tempered Clavier Book I. Both are easily recommendable.

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    Best recordings from my collection:

    Reinhard Goebel & Musica Antiqua Köln - Brandenburg concertos and Orchestral Suites no. 1 & 4 (Archiv)

    John Holloway, baroque violin - The sonatas and partitas for violin solo (ECM)

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    Im not a real fan of the Baroque period( I hope I didn't offend anybody=()..Though I have a Cd of some of Bach's works(Actually my only cd of Bach,lol):
    SOLO & DOUBLE VIOLIN CONCERTOS:
    ~Concerto in D minor for two violins(BWV 1043)
    ~Concerto in A minor for violin(BWV 1041)
    ~Concerto in E Major for violin(BWV 1042)
    ~Concerto in D minor for two violins(BWV 1060)
    This cd is from "harmonia mundi(france)" its made in Germany..
    Hope this helps!=)
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    As a Bach fanatic I can recommend the following:

    Glen Gould- The Goldberg Variations (both the 1955 version and the one from the mid-80s)
    Angela Hewitt- The Well-Tempered Clavier
    Ralph Kirkpatrick- The Well-Tempered Clavier (on clavichord)
    Angela Hewitt- Two and Three Part Inventions
    Yehudi Menuhin- Violin Concertos
    Pierre Fournier- Cello Suites
    Nathan Milstein- Partitas and Sonatas for Unaccompanied Violin
    Neville Mariner and the Acdemy of St. Martin in the Fields- Art of the Fugue (although I
    also like the Emerson quartet vesrion)
    Hans Hotter- Cantata 80
    John Elliott Gardiner- St. Matthew Passion
    John Elliott- cantatas

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    Ref above, what about additionally:

    • Mass in B minor
    • Cantata No. 140, Wachet Auf
    • Magnificat in D major
    • St. John Passion
    • Cantata No. 147, Herz und Mund
    • Toccata and Fugue in D minor
    • Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor
    • Fantasia and Fugue in G minor
    • Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 2 and 5
    • Concerto for 2 Violins in D minor
    • Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor
    • Orchestral Suite Nos 2 and 3
    • Art of the Fugue
    • Harpsichord Concerto No. 1 in D minor


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    Has anyone heard Yo-Yo Mah playing Bach's cello suites? They're quite good!
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    I like Yo Yo Ma's first recording of the Cello Suites. It was actually the first I owned. Right now, however, I prefer the Fournier recording.

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