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The Complete Works of Johann Sebastian Bach - Bachakademie 10th Anniversary Special Collection Box set
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CLASSIC's Complete Works of Bach, produced in
cooperation with the International Bach Academy.
172 CDs - recorded under the direction of Professor
Helmuth Rilling from 1975 to 2000!
Helmuth Rilling was awarded the Grand Prix du
Disque for his landmark recordings of cantatas and
they now enjoy benchmark status. They feature the
great names of the singing world: including Arleen
Augér, Julia Hamari, Aldo Baldin, Dietrich Fischer-
Dieskau, Wolfgang Schöne, Peter Schreier, Andreas
Schmidt accompanied by Gächinger Kantorei, Bach
Collegium Stuttgart, Helmuth Rilling and others.
172 CDs - over 175 hours
1 CD-ROM with 5000 page eBook
(includes all song texts, introductions,
and biographical notes)
2 books with BWV- (288 pages) and
CD- (144 pages) number listing and
includes the complete:
Chamber Music, Cantatas,
Passions & Oratorios,
Chorales & more.
Top Customer Reviews
That said, it has been ten years since the hänssler/Rilling edition saw the light of day. At that time, the folks at hänssler and Warner were engaged in a war of words over whose "Complete Bach" was MOST complete. The hänssler/Rilling edition DID have more discs when completed - but this additional material, not presented in the Warner Bach 2000 consisted primarily of 12 discs of chorales. Lovely? Yes. A legitimate part of Bach's oeuvre? Yes. Yet 12 discs of hymn tunes was not a major incentive for this collector, at least.
Caveat lector! I personally prefer period instrument performances, and while boy sopranos and male falsettists may bother some listeners, the fact IS that this was the sound world that Bach dealt with; these were the musicians he wrote for. It is fighting the straw man to argue that had Bach ACCESS to female singers and modern orchestral instruments, he would have used them. To carry that line of reasoning to its logical extreme, Bach's music should simply just be performed on digital synthesizers.
At the heart of this massive collection are Bach's immortal works for the Lutheran Church - 60 discs of sacred cantatas and about 20 more worth or oratorios, Passions, Missae brevis (Lutheran masses, sans "Credo"), and a handful of smaller individual movements, all under the direction of Helmuth Rilling.Read more ›
My only comment of Rilling vs. more modern approaches is to moan the passage of time. There was a time when Klemperer's recordings rested supreme among Bach sacred works. Now he is considered sluggish and overblown. But then, tastes change.
A note on the packaging. I am a little disappointed that Hassler falls short in the disc sleeves. Where Brilliant provided studry heavy paper sleeves, color coded by type of music, and provided detailed recording information on teh back of each sleeve, Hassler is satisfied to provide thin, black paper sleeves with a clear front to view the disc (of course, Hassler also provides much more documentation elsewhere than does Brilliant).
One recommendation: given 172 discs and black sleeves with no information on them, I suggest you purchase a pack of white sleeves, also with clear fronts, so that you can replace sleeves, black for white, as you listen to the CDs. Doing this offeres a visual record at a glace as to your progress throughout the set.
After listening to multiple interpretations of the cantatas, and coming back to Rilling after quite a few years, I find his realizations interesting, valid and good. Naturally,one has to bear in mind that they are far from the authentic style.
The other groups were also sampled, and the instrumental and orchestral music is excellently performed, again remembering that the orchestra does not play on authentic instruments. The keybord works are interpreted, for sure, in line with the best.
The only serious drawback is poor hard-copy documentation, and to get the names of the soloists in individual cantatas one has to go to the cd-rom.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Well, maybe that's kind of like the title of Lynyrd Skynyrd's first album. Or one scene in the old sitcom/ spy spoof "Get Smart", where the bad guy named "The Claw"... Read morePublished 13 months ago by R. L. MILLER
I bought this collection, looking forward to finally having the full body of work by this great composer. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Rick Hanley
Packaging can be improved. breaks in transporting. great sound.Published 16 months ago by Devaraj Gounden
My sister gave me John Eliot Gardiner's book on Bach, 'Music In the Castle of Heaven' and while reading it, I decided that I had to get a complete set of Bach's music. Read morePublished 18 months ago by John L Frigo
This set may not be the "greatest" in some people's ears, but for me it is pure joy. The price is so wonderful. Read morePublished 20 months ago by J.S. Bach Fan
I bought this set in its original version in 2006. According to Amazon, which keeps all customer invoices forever it seems, I paid $1,115. Read morePublished 23 months ago by Austin Reader
Glad the price came down. Though even at $2k, it would have been worth it. I am more into the music than the booklets so the re-release is just what I wantedPublished on May 18, 2014 by John Evans
It's what I say: Wonderful, just wonderful. Bach is the one I love forever and this box does it justice.Published on March 14, 2014 by Dukes
This set is above all else THOUGHTFUL. The organization of the entirety of Bach's corpus of work and presentation for listening is a huge task, and it has been accomplished here... Read morePublished on October 31, 2013 by brad bassler