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Johann Sebastian BACH (1685-1750)
Bach Edition
Complete works on 160 CDs
FULL DETAILS AT FOOT OF REVIEW
BRILLIANT CLASSICS 99697 [approx. 160 hours]

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(This article is an essay/review of the second "version" of the Brilliant Classics complete Bach set. The first release was in a series of 23 boxes, each of which contained CDs in standard jewel boxes. This new release is in one large box (about 45 centimetres long), with all 160 CDs in slipcases, together with all of the notes in one 500-page CD-sized book. The main advantage of this set over the first release is the space it takes up. Imagine having all of Bach's music in just 45 cm. of shelf space!)

Brilliant Classics embarked on a daring project in the year 2000, the year of the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death: this budget label decided to release a complete set of Bach's works. They were not the only label to do so - Teldec and Haenssler both did as well - but the Brilliant Classics set stands out for several reasons. First, they attempted (though did not fully succeed) to create a complete set entirely recorded on period instruments, using historically informed performances. As their web site states, "The new recordings follow scrupulously the newest developments and insights offered by the leading Early Music scholars as regards the performance practice of Baroque music in general and the music of Bach in particular." Well, not all the instruments are truly period instruments, and one cannot say the that performances are 100% historically informed, but this is not much of a problem, and there is no reason for this to be seen as essentially negative.

This set stands out for one very important reason: some 65% of the 160 CDs in this set were newly recorded (the remainder was licensed from other labels), including Bach's almost 200 sacred cantatas. The scale of this project is such that one could call it folly. Recording 200 cantatas - or about 60 hours of music - in 15 months is as mad as building a cathedral or digging a tunnel across the English Channel. In fact, one could think that any conductor who would be willing to attempt such a feat is simple crazy.

Not at all. In fact, if one thing stands out in this set, it is the 60 CDs of sacred cantatas, recorded in unique conditions, by a man who had never recorded any such quantity of music before.

The Cantatas

In October 1999, the first boxes of these cantatas, each containing 5 CDs, appeared on the shelves of the Krudivat drug store chain in the Netherlands. Some 500 stores started selling Bach cantatas next to aspirin and film; on the surface, this can seem ridiculous. But, at the unprecedented price of DFL 14.95 per box - roughly $1.25 per CD - Dutch people became fans of Bach's cantatas. More than 100,000 copies of each box were sold in two years in the Netherlands alone, far more than most classical discs sell in the entire world. An amazing feat for such "obscure" music.

Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor of Holland Boys Choir and Netherlands Bach Collegium and artistic director of the Cantatas project, managed somehow, against all odds, to create a true best-seller out of what is arguably some of the finest music in the western world, but music which is generally considered to be "difficult".

The two other labels who released complete sets of Bach's works, Teldec and Haenssler, did indeed record new discs for their sets, but each of them already had the cantatas in the box. Teldec had the groundbreaking first complete recording of the cantatas by Gustav Leonhardt and Nicolas Harnoncourt, and Haenssler had the later set by Helmut Rilling. Yet the Brilliant Classics set is, oddly enough, the first complete digital recording of the cantatas. (It should be noted that two other complete sets are ongoing: one by Maasaki Suzuki, for Bis, and another by Ton Koopman, for Erato.)

The cantatas were initially panned by critics outside of the Netherlands, and some within, on their release. Of course, one just naturally assumes that such a quick recording schedule must lead to poor-quality work. In fact, I remember when I first heard about the set, on the Internet, and people were basically dismissing it as second-rate. But as time went on, more people discovered this set and found it to be not so bad; in fact, it really is quite good. Naturally, it has its weaknesses, but these weaknesses are no more apparent than in the other two complete sets, those by Rilling and Leonhardt/Harnoncourt. The former can be criticized for his hybrid approach between baroque music and modern forces and instruments; the latter is often criticized for the choice of boys to sing all the solo voices, leading to some very poor performances by boys whose voices are not up to the emotional intensity of the music.

But Leusink is not as dogmatic as Leonhardt/Harnoncourt, nor is he as free in his choices as Rilling. He manages to maintain a rare level of emotion and energy throughout the almost 200 cantatas; he used basically the same musicians, choir and soloists for each cantata. On the other hand, Leonhardt and Harnoncourt were unable to do so, because it took them nearly 20 years to record their set. While Leusink's cantatas may have some weaknesses due to the way they were recorded - they were not recorded in their entirety, for reasons of time; on certain days, only choral movements were recorded, on others arias, in order to not have the musicians sit around doing nothing. So, not one of the cantatas was actually performed completely for this set. There are occasional cantatas where this seems evident, where there is a lack of coherence among the different movements. Nevertheless, listening to the entire set, rather than focusing on individual cantatas, one is truly amazed by the quality of the music.

To choose just one cantata to look at more closely, I have selected one of the most moving cantatas, the Actus Tragicus (Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit - God’s Time is the Best Time) BWV 106. This cantata opens with a slow, haunting sonatina, an instrumental movement played on two recorders against a lush background of viols and organ continuo. This is one of Bach’s most memorable instrumental movements among his cantatas, and is played well - the balance of the instruments is fine, though a bit rough. The second section of the cantata is a long vocal section opening with four soloists (soprano, alto, tenor and bass) singing together. Many recordings of this cantata use a choir for this section, but recent recordings have featured a one-voice-per-part strategy here, as does this one. The texture of this is excellent, although the balance between the voices wavers a bit. The tenor, bass and soprano each have ariosos within this section. Tenor Knut Schock enters a bit heavily, but his voice is quite appropriate for the melancholy tone of his section. Bass Bas Ramselarr has a slightly dark, yet clear voice. His section features a delightful accompaniment by the two recorders - in an interesting counterpoint with such a deep voice - and, again, the balance is slightly off, his voice sometimes drowning out the recorders just a bit. Soprano Marjon Strijk has an interesting voice - slightly airy, a bit weak, but very attractive in its naiveté. She sounds almost like a boy soprano, with a wispy voice that is nevertheless pure and even. While her tone wavers at times, she is very enjoyable. The third section uses the viols to their fullest, giving the unique texture this instrument brings to vocal music. Alto Syste Buwalda is a conundrum - at times excellent, at others weak, his diction is a problem. His voice does not always sound clear, although his tone is excellent. The final section of this cantata is a coro, with a lively, optimistic tone. Again, it is sung here in one-voice-per-part, giving a beautiful texture. All in all, this cantata is indicative of the entire series - with high points and low points, some singers are fine, others weak, it is a mixed bag, yet still maintains an excellent overall tone and feeling.

The secular cantatas included are a recording made by Peter Schreier in the 1970s. Schreier is perhaps the finest evangelist in Bach's sacred vocal works, and has proved to be a very competent conductor of these works as well. His secular cantatas are very well-performed, and feature excellent soloists, such as Schreier, sopranos Edith Mathis and Arleen Augér, bass Theo Adam among others. The choirs on these recordings is not, perhaps, the best, but the overall sound is quite good.

Sacred Vocal Works

Here, again, Brilliant Classics has licensed recordings of the passions, masses and other works. The St. Matthew and St. John passions are good recordings by the Brandenburg Consort and the King's College Choir; I find these two passions to be a bit weak, and this is a shame.

The B Minor Mass is a fine performance by The Sixteen and Harry Christophers, which is subtle and well-sung. The choir, which is fairly large at 26 singers (whereas some recordings in recent years have used much smaller groups) is nevertheless of a size that allows the individual voices to stand out in the choral melange. The instrumentalists also play in perfect balance with the choir - the obbligato instruments fit perfectly with the vocal texture, and the overall sound of the orchestra is excellent.

Among the other vocal works - a total of 37 CDs - are some interesting works which are not recorded often: a collection of chorales, based on hymns, and Bach's "sacred songs". Most Bach lovers are unfamiliar with these works, which, while not being masterpieces, are fine music.

Orchestral Works

Many of the works in this set were licensed from other labels; a total of about 35% of the 160 CDs were obtained in this manner. Naturally, Brilliant Classics could not afford to get the best baroque performers - this is a super budget set - but one thing that the listener discovers in this set is that there are many fine, even excellent "second tier" performers of Bach's music. Many of the instrumental ensembles whose recordings are in this set are excellent. The Consort of London, for example, is a pleasant surprise. They perform the Brandenburg Concertos and the Orchestral Suites. Their Brandenburg set is an excellent performance of these concertos; the tempi are excellent; this is no staid, boring performance, as is too often the case, where the concertos are played far too slowly as though they are monuments rather than living music. The musicians here have found the right rhythms and give these pieces energy and emotion. The Orchestral Suites come across with the same vigor and energy, and these two sets of orchestral music are, in my opinion, among the best available on disc.

Chamber Music

Bach's "chamber music" includes a variety of works, from sonatas for violin and harpsichord to trio sonatas, from flute pieces to sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord. One disc that stands out is the Trio Sonnerie’s recording of the violin sonatas BWV 1021 and 1023, on a CD that also includes trio sonatas BWV 1038 and 1039 performed by two other ensembles. The performance of the violin sonatas sparkles, with the musicians, Monica Huggett on violin, Sarah Cunningham on viol, and Mitze Meyerson on harpsichord, clearly enjoying every second of this music. The two trio sonatas on the same CD, played by the Ensemble Il Quadrifoglio and the Bach Ensemble Heidelberg, are good recordings, but nothing special.

Solo Instrumental Works

Some of Bach's finest music is for solo instruments (other than the keyboard). His suites for solo cello, his sonatas and partitas for solo violin, and his lute works are among the most poignant and moving music he wrote.

The recording of the cello suits, by Robert Cohen, is a magnificent version of these amazing works. He these suites at relatively slow tempi, and plays all repeats. His reading of these works is highly personal, and his flexibility concerning tempi can be a bit disturbing at first - in some movements he plays the repeats much slower than the first expositions. Nevertheless, this gives this version a unique individuality that many other cellists lack. Cohen plays the music without showing off; it is clear that he is interested in the inner music that lies under the surface of these works.

The lute works are an excellent recording by Jakob Lindberg, recorded for Bis. He is a fine performer, and his playing is crystal-clear, though occasionally lacking in emotion; at times, his playing is a bit hesitant - something often heard on this instrument - but this does not mar the overall tone of these recordings.

The solo violin works are one of the major weak points in this set. It is quite a shame, because these are some of Bach's finest compositions. Mark Lubotsky suffers from an overuse of vibrato, making some of the movements sound like Gypsy music, and from a very poor rhythmic feel for the pieces. In some of the faster movements, it sounds as if he is rushing so much that he totally loses the flow.

Organ Works

The 17 CDs of organ music included in this set are by Hans Fagius, a set that was originally released by Bis records in Sweden. This is a fine set, indeed one of the best complete recordings of Bach's organ music. Fagius demonstrates a magnificent understanding of Bach's organ music, and the instruments used are excellent. One work, however, is lacking: the Art of Fugue played on the organ. It is included here only in a harpsichord version, although it is often played on the organ. (There is also no orchestral version of the work, either; but, you can't have everything!)

One work that stands out is the huge Partite diverse sopra "Sei gugrüsset, Jesu gütig", BWV 768. This long work, at over 19 minutes, is a series of variations of a choral prelude. After an initial presentation of the chorale, Bach takes off in his most brilliant set of variations for the organ. Using every resource available for the organ, he displays an incredible variety of styles, from simple two-part sections to elaborate counterpoint. Fagius’ performance of this piece is excellent, and he uses a wide range of registrations.

Keyboard Works

One of the advantages and disadvantages of this set as compared to the Teldec and Haenssler sets is that all the keyboard music is recorded on the harpsichord. This is an advantage because Bach wrote most of his keyboard music for the harpsichord - the piano was only invented near the end of his life. Not that there is anything wrong with playing Bach's music on the piano; I am instrument-agnostic. But there is a certain coherence here that arises from the constant use of the harpsichord.

Yet, this is also a disadvantage. The Haenssler set, in particular, features some unique, little-recorded instruments - there is a magnificent disc of music for the lautenwerk, or lute-harpsichord; there is a fair amount of music recorded on the clavichord; and, Robert Hill's masterful recording of the Well-Tempered Clavier - one of the finest on disc - is recorded on several instruments: harpsichord, clavichord, fortepiano and organ.

In any case, the keyboard box in this set is excellent. On 23 CDs, some wonderful performers are present. Joseph Payne's French Suites (originally recorded for Bis) are among the finest recordings of these popular works. Payne's approach to these suites is intimate and reserved, yet he does not hesitate to play somewhat more freely in the repetitions of the various movements. His interpretation is clear and unambiguous; firm in, say the first suite, more delicate, almost dainty in the sixth suite. Under Joseph Payne's fingers, these works take on a new feeling.

Pieter-Jan Belder's Partitas are sensitive and moving, though they do not approach the excellent recording by Trevor Pinnock, which is part of the Haenssler set. Belder has a judicious approach to the Partitas, though it could be considered a bit conservative.

The Well-Tempered Clavier is arguably Bach’s greatest collection of keyboard pieces. The recording here by Leon Berben is a mixed bag. The sound of his harpsichord has both good and bad points - it is an attractive instrument, but it suffers from a bit too much reverb. His playing is adequate, but his interpretation of the works ranges from inspired, in some of the pieces, to confused in others. It sometimes sounds as if he is right at home with the music, but, at other times, he seems to be unfamiliar with it, playing hesitantly.

Pieter-Jan Belder’s Goldberg Variations are quite good. He has a light, delicate touch in the opening aria, which starts this work out in a very attractive tone. His harpsichord, a Ruckers copy, sounds magnificent - just the right level of presence and strength. It sounds as though the instrument was miked very closely, giving a crisp sound, with each string’s plucking being heard very clearly. Often, such recording leads to a bad sound, but here it works very well. His playing is lively in the faster variations, and sensitive in the slower ones. This is indeed a fine performance.


How can one conclude such a review? With a simple yes or no recommendation? Well, if it were that simple, I would give a resounding "yes"; I do, indeed, highly recommend this set. I have recordings of all of Bach's works, and did before receiving this set - I have some 700 Bach CDs - yet I was delighted and surprised as I listened to the many pearls that I discovered in this set.

There are some drawbacks, though, mostly those inherent in buying any such complete set. While many of the recordings are excellent, there are some which are mediocre. Nevertheless, the good ones do outweigh the lemons, and, if you like Bach's music, you owe it to yourself to get this set - at its super-bargain price, even those recordings you don't like will not cause too much disappointment, but the quality of the excellent ones is such that you will certainly be delighted. (Note that the cost of some of the recordings in this set that have been licensed from other labels would far exceed the total cost of the entire set.) If only to have the 60 CDs of sacred cantatas, and to discover what is an incredible collection of moving and memorable music, this set is worth having. Treat yourself to 160 CDs of Bach, then, take a few weeks off to enjoy this music.
 
Kirk McElhearn



 
CONTENTS LIST

  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 1

Orchestral Works & Concertos
Orchesterwerke & Konzerte


Brandenburg Concertos
Orchestral Suites
Violin concertos
Harpsichord concertos
Concertos for 2, 3, & 4 cembalos & strings
Double Concertos
Performing artists:

Consort of London, Robert Haydon Clark;
Emmy Verhey, violin, Camerata Antonio Lucio,
Christine Schornsheim, harpsichord; Neues Bachisches Collegium Musicum, Burkhard Glaetzner
Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Krijn Koetsveld,
Anton Heiller, harpsichord; I Solisti di Zagreb, Antonio Janigro

  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 2

Vocal Works Vol. I
Vokalwerke Vol. I


Mass in B Minor
4 masses
Motets
Easter Oratorio
Schemellis Gesangbuch
Performing artists:

Catherine Dubosc, Catherine Denley, James Bowman, John Mark Ainsley, Michael George,
The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra, Harry Christophers,
Krahmer, Burmeister, Schreier, Adam,
Dresdner Kreuzchor, Dresdner Philharmonie, Martin Flämig
Ensemble Vocal de Lausanne, Michel Corboz
Motettenchor Pforzheim, Südwestdeutsches Kammerorchester, prof. Rolf Schweitzer
Georg Jelden, baritone; Heinz Schauffer, organ
Cristine Brenk, soprano; Anne Greiling, alto; Frank Bossert, tenor; Thomas Pfeiffer, bass;
Trompetenensemble Pfeiffer

  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 3

Keyboard Works Vol. I
Klavierwerke Vol. I


The Welltempered Clavier
Partitas
Goldberg variations
Italian Concerto, Chromatic Fantasy & Fugue, French Overture
Sonatas, Suites, Preludes & Fugues (works from the period 1700-1710)
Performing artists:

Léon Berben, Pieter-Jan Belder, Christiane Wuyts, harpsichord


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 4

Cantatas Vol. I
Kantaten Vol. I


First set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 80-82 & 61
BWV 16-170 & 133
BWV 97-132 & 72
BWV 113 & 42
BWV 33-56 & 37
Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink ,conductor
Recording: April - September 1999


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 5

Cantatas Vol. II
Kantaten Vol. II


Second set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 92-54 & 44
BWV 111, 159, 165 & 22
BWV 114-57 & 155
BWV 98-188 & 23
BWV 135-86-85 & 167
Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink ,conductor
Recording: April - September 1999


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 6

Organ Works Vol. 1
Orgelwerke Vol. I


Performing artist:
Hans Fagius, organ

  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 7

Secular Cantatas
Weltliche Kantaten


BWV 36c, 209 & 203
BWV 201, 202 & 210
BWV 204 & 208, 205 & 207
BWV 206 & 215, 211 & 212
BWV 213 & 214
Performing artists:

Edith Mathis, Arleen Augér, Lucia Popp, Soprano / Sopran
Carolyn Watkinson, Julia Hamari, Alto / Alt
Peter Schreier, Tenor
Theo Adam, Siegfried Lorenz, Bass
Berliner Solisten, Kammerorchester Berlin
Peter Schreier, Conductor / Dirigent


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 8

 

Cantatas Vol. III
Kantaten Vol. III


Third set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 172 & BWV 182 & BWV 90
BWV 106 & BWV 199 & BWV 161
BWV 99 & BWV 35 & BWV 17
BWV 123 & BWV 87 & BWV 173
BWV 117 & BWV 153 & BWV 168
Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink ,conductor
Recording: October - November 1999

  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 9

Cantatas Vol. IV
Kantaten Vol. IV


Fourth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 130 & BWV 138 & BWV 81
BWV 149 & BWV 69 & BWV 169
BWV 45 & BWV 150 & BWV 122
BWV 116 & BWV 13 & BWV 144
BWV 102 & BWV 7 & BWV 196
Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink ,conductor
Recording: October - November 1999  

BACH EDITION
VOLUME 10

Passions
Passionen


Matthæus Passion
Johannes Passion
Markus Passion
Lukas Passion

St. Matthew Passion BWV 244
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor (Evangelist)
Michael George, bass (Jesus)
Emma Kirkby, soprano
Michael Chance, alto
Martyn Hill, tenor
David Thomas, bass
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Choir of Jesus College, Cambridge (Soprano in ripieno)
The Brandenburg Consort (Leader: Roy Goodman)
Stephen Cleobury, conductor
Recording: 1994, King’s College Chapel, Cambridge, UK
Producer: Tini Mathot
Engineer: Adriaan Verstijnen, Erik Sikkema

St. Mark Passion BWV 247
In a reconstruction by Dr. Simon Heighes
Rogers Covey-Crump, tenor (Evangelist)
Gordon Jones, baritone (Jesus)
Connor Burrowes, treble
David James, alto
Paul Agnew, tenor
Teppo Tolonen, baritone
The Ring Ensemble of Finland
European Union Baroque Orchestra, Roy Goodman
Recording: 25-30 March 1996, Chapel of New College,
University of Oxford, UK
Producer: T.A. Diehl
Engineer: Bert van der Wolf

St. John Passion BWV 245
John Mark Ainsley, tenor (Evangelist)
Stephen Richardson, bass (Jesus)
Catherine Bott, soprano
Michael Chance, alto
Paul Agnew, tenor
Stephen Varcoe, bass
The Choir of King’s College, Cambridge
The Brandenburg Consort (Leader: Roy Goodman)
Stephen Cleobury, conductor
Recording: 18-21 March 1996, King’s College Chapel,
Cambridge, UK
Producer: Tini Mathot
Engineer: Adriaan Verstijnen
 
St. Luke Passion BWV 246 </TD
Georg Jelden, tenor (Evangelist)
Ulrich Schaible, bass (Jesus)
Charlotte Lehmann, soprano
Gudrun Schmid, soprano
Elisabeth Künstler, alto
Graeme Nicolson, tenor
Wolfgang Herrlitz, bass
Balinger Kantorei
Kammerorchester Collegium Musicum Tübingen
Gerhard Rehm, conductor

Licensed from Bayer Records


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 11

Cantatas Vol. V
Kantaten Vol. V

Fifth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 46 & BWV 107 & BWV 179
BWV 6 & BWV 163 & BWV 96
BWV 178 & BWV 156 & BWV 27
BWV 115 & BWV 55 & BWV 94
BWV 26 & BWV 164 & BWV 139
Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: November - December 1999


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 12

Cantatas Vol. VI
Kantaten Vol. VI


Sixth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 103 & BWV 185 & BWV 2
BWV 60 & BWV 78 & BWV 151
BWV 128 & BWV 154 & BWV 62
BWV 192 & BWV 93 & BWV 145 & BWV 171
BWV 8 & BWV 186 & BWV 3
Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: November - December 1999


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 13

Keyboard Works Vol. II
Klavierwerke Vol. II


English Suites
Concerto Transcriptions
French Suites
Toccatas
Art of Fugue
Sonatas, Suites, Fantasias
Preludes & Fugues
Inventionen & Sinfonias

Performing artists:
Bob van Asperen,
Pieter Dirksen,
Joseph Payne,
Menno van Delft,
Pieter-Jan Belder,
harpsichord


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 14

Cantatas Vol. VII
Kantaten Vol. VII


Seventh set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 198 & BWV 110
BWV 73 & BWV 125 & BWV 157
BWV 9 & BWV 91 & BWV 47
BWV 152 & BWV 121 & BWV 166
BWV 36 & BWV 184 & BWV 129 Performing artists:

Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Nico van der Meel, tenor;
Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: January - February 2000


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 15

Cantatas Vol. VIII
Kantaten Vol. VIII


Eighth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 140 & BWV 88 & BWV 79
BWV 194 & BWV 176 & BWV 89
BWV 100 & BWV 108 & BWV 18
BWV 40 & BWV 84 & BWV 30
BWV 136 & BWV 187 & BWV 49

Performing artists:
Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Robert Getchell, tenor;
Nico van der Meel, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: January - February 2000


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 16

Chamber Music
Kammermusik


Sonate e partite per Violino Solo
Cello Suites 1 - 6
Flute Sonatas BWV 1030 - 1035
Partita BWV1013
Lute Works BWV 995 - 1000
Viola da Gamba Sonatas
A Musical Offering BWV 1079
Violin Sonatas BWV 1014 - 1019, 1021 - 1023
Notenbüchlein für Anna Magdalena Bach
Trio Sonatas BWV 1038, 1039 Performing artists:

Mark Lubotsky, violin; Robert Cohen, cello;
Stephen Preston, flute; Trevor Pinnock, harpsichord; Jordi Savall, Viola da gamba;
Jakob Lindberg, lute; John Dornenburg, Viola da gamba; Malcolm Proud, Harpsichord;
Nederlands Bach Ensemble; Luis Otavio Santos, violin; Pieter-Jan Belder, harpsichord;
Trio Sonnerie: Monica Hugget, violin; Sarah Cunningham, Viola da gamba; Mitzi Meyerson, harpsichord;
Ensemble Il Quadrilfoglio


BACH EDITION
VOLUME 17

Vocal Works Vol. II
Vokalwerke Vol. II


Weihnachtsoratorium BWV 248
Himmelfahrts-Oratorium BWV11
BWV 82a & BWV 238
Tilge, Höchster, meine Sünden BWV 1083
BWV 118 & BWV 200 & BWV 231
Magnificat BWV 243
Choräle Performing artists:

Arleen Augér; Annelies Burmeister; Peter Schreier; Theo Adam;
Dresdner Kreuzchor; Dresdner Philharmonie; Martin Fläming;
Marion Strijk; Systse Buwalda; Knut Schoch; Bas Ramselaar;
Holland Boys Choir; Nederlands Bach Collegium; Pieter Jan Leusink
The Sixteen Choir & Orchestra; Harry Christophers;
Nordic Chamber Choir; Soloists of the Freiburger Barockorchester; Nicol Matt


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 18

Cantatas Vol. IX
Kantaten Vol. IX


Ninth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 195, BWV 1 & BWV 63
BWV 51, BWV 32 & BWV 14
BWV 109, BWV 58 & BWV 162
BWV 104, BWV 83, BWV 50 & BWV 183
BWV 5, BWV 38 & BWV 20

Performing artists:
Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor; Robert Getchell, tenor;
Nico van der Meel, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: January - February 2000


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 19

Cantatas Vol. X
Kantaten Vol. X


Tenth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 146, BWV 28 & BWV 48
BWV 39, BWV 143, BWV 175 & BWV 65
BWV 180, BWV 197 & BWV 52
BWV 137, BWV 25, BWV 119 & BWV 43
BWV 75, BWV 59 & BWV 21

Performing artists:
Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor;
Nico van der Meel, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: June - July 2000


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 20

Cantatas Vol. XI
Kantaten Vol. XI


Eleventh set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 101, 127, 95 & 124
BWV 12, 74 & 177
BWV 71, 76 & 10
BWV 64, 134 & 105
BWV 4, 158, 131 & 70

Performing artists:
Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor;
Nico van der Meel, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: June - July 2000


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 21

Cantatas Vol. XII
Kantaten Vol. XII


Twelfth set of twelve (total 60 CD's)
of the complete Cantatas:
BWV 147, 181 & 66
BWV 148, 174, 112 & 68
BWV 77, 24, 126 & 67
BWV 34, 31 & 19
BWV 41, 29 & 120

Performing artists:
Holland Boys Choir; Netherlands Bach Collegium;
Ruth Holton, soprano; Marjon Strijk, soprano; Sytse Buwalda, alto; Marcel Beekman, tenor;
Nico van der Meel, tenor; Knut Schoch, tenor; Bas Ramselaar, bass;
Pieter Jan Leusink, conductor
Recording: June - July 2000  

BACH EDITION
VOLUME 22

Organ Works Vol. II
Orgelwerke Vol. II


Performing artist:
Hans Fagius, organ


  BACH EDITION
VOLUME 23

Choräle
Chorales


Chorales from the collection of four-part Chorales
BWV 253 - 483
and separate Cantata Chorales Performing artists:

Nordic Chamber Choir, Soloists of the Freiburger Barockorchester
Continuo:
Martina Rotbauer, Robert Sagasser: Viola da gamba 8’
Ute Petersilge, Baroque cello
Heike Hümmer, Violone
Jörg Halobek, Jens Wollenschläger, organ
Nicol Matt, conductor
(For complete track lists, performers and timings, see: http://www.joanrecords.com/classical/bach/bach-index.html)

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