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E. Power Biggs organ CD on Sony
Brandenburg Concertos by Marriner on Philips
Art of the Fuge by Marriner
Complete Liturgical Year cantata box by La Petit Bande
B minor mass, and St John Passion by Jochum
St Matthew Passion on Naxos

I bought all the keyboard works by Gould but I haven't had time to listen to them in depth. If I had to buy them again I'd choose some different pianists. My latest Bach CD is the Motets by Rene Jacobs. I don't think the recording sounds all that great with the volume turned up so I need to try some other versions. Maybe Koopman, or the Naxos recording.
 
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Brandenburg concertos & Musicalisches Opfer by Linde Consort
Kunst der Fuge by Helmut Walcha
WTC I & WTC II by Colin Booth
Complete organ works by Wolfgang Stockmeier
Violin/harpsichord sonatas by Luis Otavio Santos and Pieter-Jan Belder
Cello suites by Morten Zeuthen
B minor mass by Thomas Hengelbrock

But there are many others.
 

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I'm looking for another ensemble recording of The Art of the Fugue. Preferably something with some winds and not overly string dominated. I came across a great recording like this a few years ago but I've forgotten the ensemble. It had some great sounding bassoons.
 
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Mandryka, I found that one on YouTube. Not the same recording I had in mind but it sounds good. I actually uploaded an excerpt of the other recording in a long thread here that I can't seem to locate with the search engine. Maybe it got deleted in one of the crashes? It was a more recent and rather pricey recording.
 
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I'm looking for another ensemble recording of The Art of the Fugue. Preferably something with some winds and not overly string dominated. I came across a great recording like this a few years ago but I've forgotten the ensemble. It had some great sounding bassoons.
There was an orchestral version of the Art of Fugue many years ago by Karl Ristenpart with the Chamber Orchestra of the Saar (Nonesuch Records - OOP, I think) which was pretty good. Just as an aside, the recording of the Brandenburg Concertos by the same orchestra and conductor is still one of best, to my mind. Done with a lot of top-notch soloists.
 

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I suppose I could just say Glenn Gould, but that would be rather boring. So I offer ...
  • Goldberg Variations, Glenn Gould (the 1955 mono version, by a hair)
  • the Cantatas, John Eliot Gardiner. Yes, all of them. At the other end of the period instrument spectrum is a wonderful recording of cantata arias for soprano and violin obbligato with Kathleen Battle and Itzhak Perlman with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. (titled simply The Bach Album on DGG)
  • Trio Sonatas, John Butt, organ. But a close second is the E. Power Biggs, pedal-harpsichord, version.
  • the Lute Suites, Julian Bream. Esp. the e minor BWV 996.
  • the Viola da Gamba sonatas, Anner Byslma. on Sony/Vivarte. This recording gets a good deal of negative reviews, but it's a real standout for me. But just listen to the BWV 1029 Vivace. How could you not listen to that on repeat for the rest of your life?
  • a bit of an oddball, but the album of keyboard selections titled Aufs Lautenwerk, with Kim Hendel playing the lute-harpsichord (on Dorian records). Great sound for Bach and really good performance.
The above selections are not meant to be the "best" or exclude the thousands of other absolutely fabulous recordings of Bach's music which have been made. Just a few personal favorites which come to mind but there are many, many more.
 
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