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listen  1. J.S. Bach: Toccata (from Toccata & Fugue in D minor), BWV 565 - Transcription: Leopold Stokowski (1882-1977)Boston Symphony Orchestra and Seiji Ozawa 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Suite No.3 in D, BWV 1068 - 2. AirAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner and Thurston Dart 6:24$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Prelude and Fugue in C (WTK, Book I, No.1), BWV 846 - PreludeMarisa Robles 3:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.4 in G, BWV 1049 - 1. AllegroDavid Munrow and English Chamber Orchestra and John Turner and José Luis Garcia and Raymond Leppard 8:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Aria mit 30 Veränderungen, BWV 988 "Goldberg Variations" - AriaAndrás Schiff 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, BWV 645 ('Sleepers, awake')Raymond Agoult and The New Symphony Orchestra Of London 6:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - 1. (Allegro moderato)Chamber Orchestra of Europe and Christopher Middleton and Salvatore Accardo 4:58$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, Cantata BWV 147 - Jesu, Joy Of Man's DesiringKarl Münchinger and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester 3:26$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.4 in A, BWV 1055 - piano performance - 1. (Allegro)András Schiff and Chamber Orchestra of Europe 4:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Suite for Cello Solo No.3 in C, BWV 1009 - Guitar Transcription by Pepe Romero (1944-) - 5. Bourrée I/IIPepe Romero 3:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Harpsichords, Strings, and Continuo in C minor, BWV 1060 - performing edition by C. Hogwood for violin, oboe and strings - 2. AdagioAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Carmel Kaine and Sir Neville Marriner and Tess Miller 5:20$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor, BWV 232 / Credo - CrucifixusAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Academy of St. Martin in the Fields Chorus and Sir Neville Marriner 4:20$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: Suite for Cello Solo No.1 in G, BWV 1007 - 1. PréludeJános Starker 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: French Suite No.5 in G, BWV 816 - 7. GigueAndrás Schiff 2:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: Prelude for Lute in C Minor, BWV 999Eduardo Fernandez 1:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.5 in D, BWV 1050 - 3. AllegroEnglish Chamber Orchestra and José Luis Garcia and Raymond Leppard and Richard Adeney 6:46$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244 / Part Two - Chorus: "Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder"Chicago Symphony Chorus and Chicago Symphony Orchestra and Sir Georg Solti 7:55$1.29  Buy MP3 


Disc 2:

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.2 in F, BWV 1047 - 1. (Allegro)Antonio Perez and Guy Touvron and Heinz Holliger and I Musici and Italo Colandrea and Michael Copley and Pina Carmirelli 6:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. J.S. Bach: Concerto for 2 Violins, Strings, and Continuo in D minor, BWV 1043 - 2. Largo ma non tantoAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Henryk Szeryng and Maurice Hasson and Sir Neville Marriner 7:59$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. J.S. Bach: Suite in E for Lute, BWV 1006a/1000 - 1. PraeludiumEduardo Fernandez 3:42$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. J.S. Bach: Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd, Cantata BWV 208 - Schafe können sicher weiden (Sheep May Safely Graze)Karl Münchinger and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester 4:56$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. J.S. Bach: Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029 - Arr. Cello & Piano - 2. AdagioGyörgy Sebök and János Starker 3:41$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. J.S. Bach: Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971 - 1. (Allegro)András Schiff 3:09$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248 / Part Two - For the second Day of Christmas - No.10 SinfoniaKarl Münchinger and Stuttgarter Kammerorchester 8:17$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. J.S. Bach: Violin Concerto No.1 in A minor, BWV 1041 - 2. AndanteChamber Orchestra of Europe and Christopher Middleton and Salvatore Accardo 7:05$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. J.S. Bach: Partita No.1 in B flat, BWV 825 - Arr. Guitar (D major) - 6. GigueEduardo Fernandez 2:32$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 6. MenuetAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner and William Bennett 1:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. J.S. Bach: Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067 - 7. BadinerieAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Sir Neville Marriner and William Bennett 1:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. J.S. Bach: Concerto for Oboe, Strings, and Continuo in F, BWV 1053 - 2. SicilianoAcademy of St. Martin in the Fields and Heinz Holliger and Iona Brown 4:45$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. J.S. Bach: Brandenburg Concerto No.3 in G, BWV 1048 - 1. (Allegro)English Chamber Orchestra and Raymond Leppard 7:18$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen14. J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 1. AllemandeKyung Wha Chung 4:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen15. J.S. Bach: Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 4. GigaKyung Wha Chung 3:31$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen16. J.S. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.2 in E, BWV 1053 - 1. (Allegro)András Schiff and Chamber Orchestra of Europe 3:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. J.S. Bach: Cantata No.22 "Jesus nahm zu sich die Zwölfe", BWV 22 - Sanctify usAlicia De Larrocha 2:54$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. J.S. Bach: Concerto for Harpsichord, Strings, and Continuo No.5 in F minor, BWV 1056 - 2. LargoEnglish Chamber Orchestra and Raymond Leppard 3:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen19. J.S. Bach: Organ Concerto in A minor, BWV 593 after Vivaldi's Concerto Op.3 No. 8 - 1. AllegroWolfgang Rübsam 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 13, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Decca
  • ASIN: B00004SPLF
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #54,887 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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It is not possible to fit 36 Bach masterpieces on two CDs, so what Essential Bach does is present individual movements from across a range of the composer's work. The anthology is clearly aimed at the newcomer, and the absence of booklet notes to put the music in context is disappointing. We are only given titles, performers, and what films the extracts have been featured in, from Rollerball to The English Patient.

On the plus side, most if not all of the music is instantly recognizable, by melody if not by name. Everything from the Brandenburg Concertos to "Air on a G String" to the B Minor Mass and St. Matthew Passion is represented. Performances range from 1960 to 1993, encompassing both early instrument and modern orchestra interpretations by a wide variety of forces, including Sir Neville Marriner with the Academy of St. Martin in the Fields and Raymond Leppard leading the English Chamber Orchestra. Given such diversity the result is unavoidably a patchwork, albeit one made from the finest materials, and as such is perhaps best treated as a sampler to aid exploration of the vast legacy of one of the very greatest composers who ever lived. --Gary S. Dalkin, Amazon.co.uk

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Great CD with lovely classical music!
Clare R. Rayburn
This is truly a splendid collection of works by J.S. Bach.
Todd Altman
Try it; I'm confident you will like it.
Angela T

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111 of 116 people found the following review helpful By Todd Altman on October 12, 2002
Format: Audio CD
This is truly a splendid collection of works by J.S. Bach. Covering a wide variety of sounds, tempos and textures, there's something here for everyone.
CD 1 begins with a dramatic orchestral version of Toccata in D minor, which is more commonly known as an organ piece. Then it shifts to the soft and soothing sound of Air (Orchestral Suite No. 3), followed by the heavenly melodies of Prelude in C major (a beautifully-played harp solo). Next comes the joyful-sounding Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 (1st movement), followed by a serene piano solo called Aria.
Other highlights on CD 1 include the cinematic-sounding Allegro moderato (Violin Concerto No. 1), the upbeat, richly textured Brandenberg Concerto No. 5 (3rd movement), and the exquisite guitar playing in Bourrees I & II (from Cello Suite No. 3) and Prelude in D minor.
Highlights on CD 2 include the respective 1st movements of Brandenburg Concerto Nos. 2 and 3, the brilliant, uplifting guitar melodies in both Prelude (Lute Suite No. 4) and Gigue (Partita No. 1), the cheerful piano solo in Allegro (Italian Concerto), the touchingly subtle harpsichord playing in Largo (Keyboard Concerto No. 5), and the mesmerizing Organ solo in Allegro (Concerto in A minor for organ).
For me, the only thing that prevents this album from being perfect is the omission of the 3rd movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 and the 1st movement of Brandenburg Concerto No. 5. But it is still well-deserving of a five-star rating.
Quite simply the best sampling of J.S. Bach available.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By rodboomboom HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on January 31, 2005
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Value and exquisite sampler of Bach on two CD's at an affordable price. Recorded by the likes primarily of Academy of the St. Martin-in-the-fields, Chicago Sympony, Boston Symphony, English Chamber Orchestra and with virtuoso performers as William Bennett, Heinz Hollinger, Pepe Romero, and Wolfgang Rubsam, one gets treated to wonderful Bach exerpts of all his fantastic breath and depth of chamber, symphony and choral works.

One will have to go to other places to find background on these marvelous compositions as the liner notes only list perfomer and date recorded.
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By R. Zadorozny on March 17, 2005
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LOVE LOVE LOVE this 2-CD set. I bought I a awhile back and have enjoyed it very much. My toddler likes it too. I think it's a great value for the money and may have to get another copy if this one wears out.
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By Valerie B. Lull on March 3, 2012
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I own several CD's of Bach's music, but this one is one of my favorites. It contains a good mix of the composers works and I play it often as background while I'm working in the kitchen or on the computer. I especially like the Tocatta in D, done by the orchestra. It holds me spellbound. I've heard it many times on the organ, but the orchestra adds something to it that is just wonderful. -- Val Lull
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No other composer has produced such glorious music as J.S. has. This summary of his work is fine introduction and review. My aged ears won't allow critical analysis of one professional performance over another, so I'm happy with all of them.
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Excellent compilation. The pieces
chosen for this album are so beautiful,
so calm and so harmonic that we simply
lost in the music. You can simply give
yourself a rest listen to the music.
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By Angela T on December 13, 2012
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Excellent introduction to the composers music. Highly recommend for anyone jsut getting introduced to this composer's music. Try it; I'm confident you will like it.
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By Editress on April 7, 2014
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Lost CD of a favorite LP from my childhood, Bach/Stokowski--which is now rare and financially out of reach. This CD is a most satisfactory replacement!
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