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Home » Composers » German Composers » JS Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

"In his last years he [JSB] esteemed highly: Fux, Caldara, Handel, Keiser, Hasse, both Grauns, Telemann, Zelenka, [Franz] Benda, and in general everything that was particularly esteemed in Berlin and Dresden." The Letters of C.P.E. Bach, letter dated 13 January 1775.

Links

NewOlde.com - Sigiswald Kuijken's Bach Project

Expedition Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach's Tuning by Dr. Bradley P. Lehman -  worked out from the border decoration in Bach's main copy of the Well-Tempered Clavier. [Outline with links to 7 pdf files][Recordings] Summary:

  • 1/6 comma fifths F-C-G-D-A-E
  • pure fifths E-B-F#-C#
  • 1/12 comma fifths C#-G#-D#-A#
  • 1/12 comma wide fifth resulting at A#-F

Bach Bibliography

J.S. Bach

American Bach Society - recent newsletters are online

Bach Network UK

Bach Portal

Bach 101 - from the Bach Choir of Bethlehem website

Bach-Archiv Leipzig

Bach Cantatas - includes discographies for all the Bach cantatas and the complete BGA edition of Bach cantata scores in pdf.

The Cantatas of Johann Sebastian Bach - A listener & student guide by Julian Mincham

Johann Sebastian Bach Catalogue BWV

Diskographie der Werke Johann Sebastian Bach & der Bach-Familie - with news of recently discovered or identified works.

J.S. Bach's Ornament Table

J.S. Bach on Shoulder-violoncello by Dmitry Badiarov. Bach's six suites for violoncello probably were composed for the violoncello da spalla and intended for the person who performed the sonatas and partitas for solo violin. Mr. Badiarov built the first modern violoncello da spalla for Sigiswald Kuijken (photo with instrument), who will be performing the Bach suites in Dorking, UK (and perhaps elsewhere) in 2007. Sigiswald Kuijken discusses the violoncello da spalla in an interview with Brian Robins for Goldberg.

Tip for OVPP fans: If you want to hear great OVPP choral singing, get Gotthold Schwarz's recording of Telemann's Der Tag des Gerichts on Rondeau.

Latest from Andrew Parrott: "Vocal ripienists and J.S. Bach's Mass in B Minor." Eighteenth-Century Music 7:9-34 (2010)(Issue 1). Abstract.

Video: La Petite Bande Live at Ambronay 2009

Recent Recordings

J.S. Bach. Das wohltemperierte Klavier. Linn CKD 463 (4 CDs, November 2014). Details. John Butt, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Funeral Music for the Prince of Cöthen BWV 244a (lost and reconstructed). Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, October 2014). Details. Raphaël Pichon, Ensemble Pygmalion. Sabine Devieilhe, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Christian Immler, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas 146, 103, 33 - Wir müssen durch viel Trübsal. Passacaille 987 (1 CDs, September 2014). Marcel Ponseele, Il Gardellino. Caroline Weynants, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Margot Oitzinger, mezzo-soprano; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Reinoud Van Mechelen, bass; Lieven Termont, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Recreations for the Soul - Cantatas BWV 150, 78 & 147. Channel Classics (1 CD, September 2014). Details. Peter Harvey, director & bass, Magdalena Consort. Elin Manahan Thomas, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; James Gilchrist, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Academic Cantatas - BWV 205 & 207. BIS (1 CD, May 2014). Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Robin Blaze, countertenor; Wolfram Lattke, tenor; Roderick Williams, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
J.S. Bach. Lutheran Masses 2. Coro (1 CD, March 2014). Harry Christopher, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Lutheran Masses 1. Coro (1 CD, October 2013). Harry Christopher, The Sixteen. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year vol. 18.  Accent 25318 (1 CD, February 2014). BWV 70, 9, 182. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. In Tempore Nativitatis - Christmas Cantatas BWV 110,  151 & 63. Mirare (1 CD, November 2013). Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Maria Keohane, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Julian Prégardien, tenor; Stephan Macleod, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. L'Épiphanie - Cantatas 81, 72, 156. Atma ACD 22404 (1 CD, November 2013). Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque. Monika Mauch, soprano; Franziska Gottwald, mezzo-soprano; Charles Daniels, tenor; Harry van der Kamp, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Das Wohltemperierte Klavier Book 2. Aparté (2 CD, October 2013). Christophe Rousset, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Solo Cantatas for Bass. Passacaille 997 (1 CD, September 2013). BWV 82, 158, 56 & 203. Dominik Wörner, bass. Ryo Terakado, Il Gardellino. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Matthäus Passion BWV 244. Harmonia Mundi HMC 802156/58 (3 CDs + 1 DVD, October 2013). René Jacobs, Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin, Staats-und Domchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor. Sunhae Im, soprano; Bernarda Fink, mezzo-soprano; Werner Güra, tenor; Topi Lehtipuu, tenor; Konstantin Wolff, bass; Johannes Weisser, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas - Complete SDG Set. Soli Deo Gloria SDG 186 (56 CDs, reissue, September 2013). Includes 4 CDs previously released by DG & 1 data CD. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. "Widerstehe doch der Sünde" - Cantatas for the Complete Liturgical Year vol. 17.  Accent 25317 (1 CD, September 2013). BWV 54, 134, 168 & 186. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Siri Thornhill, soprano; Elisabeth Hermans, soprano; Yeree Suh, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, mezzo-soprano; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. The Orchestral Suites BWV 1066-1069. Accent ACC 24279 (1 CD, September 2013). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Jean-François Madeuf, Jérôme Princé & Graham Nicholson, holeless natural trumpets; Marian Minnen & Ronan Kernoa, bass violin (no cellos or double bass). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Luther-Kantaten BWV 2, 7, 38. dhm 88725468032 (1 CD, August 2013). Details. Roland Wilson, Musica Fiata, La Capella Ducale. Monika Mauch, soprano; Kai Wessel, countertenor; Markus Brutscher, tenor; Wolf Matthias Friedrich, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas BWV 82, 84 & 199; Toccata & Fugue in d minor ("Dorian") BWV 538, arranged for strings & continuo by Breuer. Sony 91399 (1 CD, August 2013). Christine Schäfer, soprano. Bernhard Forck, Berliner Barock Solisten. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Secular Cantatas vol. 3. BIS (1 CD, May 2013). Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Hiroya Aoki, countertenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor. Wedding Cantata BWV 202, Quodlibet BWV 524, Durchlauchster Leopold BWV 173a, Schwingt freudig euch empor BWV 36c. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Der Ewigkeit saphirnes Haus - transcriptions for 2 harpsichords. Fra Bernardo fb 1205172 (1 CD, May 2013). Le Petit Concert Baroque: Chani & Nadja Lesaulnier, harpsichords. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Orgelbüchlein with alternating chorales BWV 599-644. Brilliant Classics 94639 (2 CDs, April 2013). Ionarts review. Francesco Cera, organ. Diego Fasolis, Coro della Radiotelevisione Svizzera. Antonella Balducci, soprano. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume 16 (of 20). Accent Accent 25316 (1 CD, April 2013). Cantatas BWV 34, 173, 184, 129. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, mezzo-soprano; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. Fine holeless natural trumpet playing by Jean-François Madeuf and his mates. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Johannes-Passion BWV 245. Linn CKD 419 (2 CDs, March 2013). Details. John Butt, Dunedin Consort. Joanne Lunn, soprano; Claire Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass; Robert Davies, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Suites No. 1, 2, 3. Naïve E 8937 (1 CD, February 2013). Hopkinson Smith, German theorbo. These are transcriptions by Smith of the cello suites BWV 1007, 1008 & 1009, performed on a theorbo after the instrument played by S.L. Weiss, which is quite different from French and Italian theorbos. Smith's fine recording of BWV 1010, 1012 & 995, performed on a baroque lute, was reissued simultaneously. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Ruhm und Glück - Cantatas BWV 66a and 36a (reconstructed). Rondeau (1 CD, February 2013). Alexander Ferdinand Grychtolik, Mitteldeutsche Hofmusik. Gudrun Sindonie Otto, soprano; Wiebke Lehmkuhl, contralto; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Carsten Krüger, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. English Suites BWV 806-811. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907591/92 (2 CDs, February 2013). Richard Egarr, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Complete Organ Works played on Silbermann Organs. Aeolus AE 10761 (19 CDs, October 2012). Details. Ewald Kooiman (Video), Ute Gremmel-Geuchen (Video), Gerhard Gnann (Video) & Bernhard Klapport (Video), organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume 15 (of 20) "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme". Accent 25315 (1 CD, October 2012). BWV 52, 60, 116 & 140. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Bach Contextueel - Bach & Luther. Etcetera (1 CD, September 2012). Details. Harry van der Kamp, bass & director, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam. Pieter-Jan Belder, Musica Amphion. Dorothee Mields, soprano; Nele Gramss, soprano (motet); Terry Wey, countertenor; Marnix De Cat, countertenor (motet); Charles Daniels, tenor; Harry van Berne, tenor (motet); Jelle Draijer, bass (motet). Cantatas BWV 80 & 4, organ works; Johann Christoph Bach, Motet. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Secular Cantatas vol. 2. BIS SACD-1971 (1 CD, June 2012). Masaaki Suzuki, Bach Collegium Japan. Hunt Cantata, BWV 208: Diana: Sophie Junker, soprano; Pales: Joanne Lunn, soprano; Endymion: Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Pan: Roderick Williams, baritone. Die Zeit, Die Tag und Jahre Macht, BWV 134a: Damien Guillion, countertenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Missa 1733. Alpha (1 CD, September 2012). Raphaël Pichon & Benajmin Alard, Ensemble Pygmalion. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J,.S. Bach. Secular Cantatas BWV 201, 205, 213. Ambronay (2 CDs + DVD, April 2012). Leonardo García Alarcón, Les Agrémens, Choeur de Chambre de Namur. Céline Scheen, soprano; Clint Van der Linde, countertenor; Fabio Trümpy, tenor; Makoto Sakurada, tenor; Christian Immler, bass; Alejandro Meerapfel, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas BWV 46 & 102; Zelenka. Lamentationes pro die Mercurii sancto. Passacaille (1 CD, April 2012). Marcel Ponseele, Il Gardellino. Damien Guillon, countertenor; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Lieven Termont, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Goldberg Variations. La Dolce Volta (1 CD, April 2012). Frédérick Haas, harpsichord. Upcoming performances in Norwich, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Sweden & France. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Johannes-Passion BWV 245. Challenge Classics CC 72545 (2 CDs, March 2012). Details. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cello Suites. Linn CKD 396 (2 CDs, March 2012). Details. Richard Tunnicliffe, cello. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas BWV 35 & 170, Trio Sonata BWV 527. Zig-Zag Territoires (1 CD, April 2012). Damien Guillon, countertenor & director. Le Banquet Céleste. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Alto Cantatas BWV 170, 54 & 35. Quintone (1 CD, February 2012). Maarten Engeltjes, countertenor. Klaas Stok, Concerto d'Amsterdam. Vincent van Laar, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord. Alpha (1 CD, February 2012). Lucile Boulanger, bass viol; Arnaud de Pasquale, harpsichord. Lucile Boulanger won first prize in the 2009 Bach-Abel viola da gamba competition chaired by Wieland Kuijken. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Jesu meine Freude. Etcetera KTC 1440 (1 CD, December 2011). Details. Musica Amphion, Gesualdo Consort Amsterdam. Amaryllis Dieltiens, soprano; Nele Gramss, soprano; Marnix De Cat, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Harry van der Kamp, bass. Cantatas BWV 64 & 81, Motet BWV 227 and organ works. Recorded in the Johann-Sebastien Bachkirche in Arnstadt using the historical Wender organ. Packed with 84-page book. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012 adapted for harpsichord by Ludger Rémy. Celestial Harmonies 14289-2 (2 CDs, November 2011). Details. Ludger Rémy, harpsichord. Rémy writes that his textbook and example were the harpsichord transcriptions by the younger Forqueray, which sound like works for harpsichord rather than transcriptions of pieces for viol. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
J.S. Bach. Johannes-Passion BWV 245. Avie (2 CDs, January 2012). Monica Huggett, Portland Baroque Orchestra, Les Voix Baroques, Cappella Romana. Evangelist: Charles Daniels, tenor; Shannon Mercer, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Jacques-Olivier Chartier, tenor; Joshua Hopkins, baritone; Tyler Duncan, baritone. Ripienists: Catherine van der Salm, soprano; Melanie Downie Zupan, soprano; Kerry McCarthy, bass; Stephanie Kramer, soprano; Cahen Taylor, tenor; David Stutz, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Johannes Passion BWV 245. ATMA (2 CDs, January 2012). Alexander Weimann, Arion Baroque Orchestra, Les Voix Baroques: Evangelist: Jan Kobow, tenor; Jesus: Stephan Macleod, bass; Petrus: Joshua Hopkins, bass; Pilatus: Nathaniel Watson, bass; Shannon Mercer, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Lawrence Wiliford, tenor. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Trauer-Music - Music to Mourn Prince Leopold BWV 244a. Avie AV2241 (1 CD, September 2011). Details. Andrew Parrott, Taverner Consort & Players. Emily Van Evera, soprano; Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano; Charles Daniels, tenor; Tom Meglioranza, baritone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Goldberg Variations. Zig Zag Territoires (2 CDs, October 2011). Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S Bach. Johannes-Passion BWV 245 (Version IV, 1749). Accent ACC 24251 (2 CDs, October 2011). Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln. Sabine Goetz, soprano; Amaryllis Dieltiens, soprano; Elisabeth Popien, contralto; Alexander Schneider, countertenor; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Georg Poplutz, tenor; Wolf Matthias Friedrich, bass; Markus Flaig, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume 14 (of 20). Accent 25314 (1 CD, October 2011). BWV 91, 57, 151 & 122. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Petrta Noskaoiová, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan Van Der Crabben, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Solo Cantatas BWV 82 & 169. Decca (1 CD, October 2011). Andreas Scholl, countertenor. Kammerorchester Basel. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cello Suites. Avie AV 2212 (2 CDs, April 2011). Details. Tanya Tomkins, cello. Performance of all 6 cello suites by Tanya Tomkins at the Library of Congress, Saturday, April 28, 2012, noon and 3 pm, with a lecture on the suites by Daniel Boomhower at 2 pm (free tickets -- standbys always get in in my experience). Details. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cello Suites. Aparté (2 CDs, April 2011). Ophelie Gaillard, cello. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume 13 (of 20) - Easter Oratorio BWV 249 / Cantata BWV 6. Accent 25313 (1 CD, March 2011). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Yeree Suh, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. De Profundis - Cantatas 131 & 177. Graupner. Cantata "Aus der Tiefen rufen wir" BWV 1113/23a. Passacaille (1 CD, March 2011). Details. Marcel Ponseele, Il Gardellino. Caroline Weynants, soprano; Damien Guillon, countertenor; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Lieven Termont, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. St Matthew Passion BWV 244. Channel Classics CCS SA 32511 (2 CDs, March 2011). Details. Jos Van Veldhoven, Netherlands Bach Society, Kampen Boys Choir. Amarylis Dieltiens, soprano; Siri Karoline Thornhill, soprano; Tim Mead, countertenor; Matthew White, countertenor; Evangelist: Gerd Türk, tenor; Julian Podger, tenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass; Sebastian Noack, bass. Veldhoven describes this performance as an "asymmetrical one-choir Passion." Coro I is a soloists' choir, and Coro II is a ripieno group. "Coro I always takes the lead in the Passion, while Coro II interrupts and offers commentary. When the two do sing and play together, Coro II mainly doubles Coro I, as in the final movement of the first part, O Mensch, bewein dein Sünde gross. At that moment, the singers and players of Coro II form a genuine ripieno. Nowhere in the Passion is the music introduced by Coro II." 8 ripieno singers were added to soloists in Coro I. Coro II consist of 4 singers. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Johannes Passion BWV 245. Mirare (2 CDs, March 2011). Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Maria Keohane, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor; Jan Kobow, tenor; Matthias Vieweg, bass; Stephan MacLeod, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Motets BWV 226-230. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, March 2011). Marcus Creed, Vocalconsort Berlin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Suites for Orchestra. Fuga Libera FUG 580 (2 CDs, February 2011). Paul Dombrecht, Il Fondamento. This apparently is the first OVPP recording of the Bach suites, hopefully with a tastefully ornamented "air". My favorite recording thus far is Monica Huggett's of a reconstruction of hypothetical orginal Köthen versions on Avie, with a bit more than OVPP, but no flute, trumpets or drums. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Concertos pour clavecin. Cyprès 1661 (1 CD, Feburary 2011). Béatrice Martin, harpsichord. Patrick Cohën-Akenine, Les Folies Françoises. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Orgelbüchlein with alternating Lutheran chorales on the organ. Syrius (2 CDs, February 2011). Pierre Bardon, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080. Glossa GCDP 31510 (1 CD, January 2011). Details. Fabio Bonizzoni, harpsichord; Mariko Uchimura, harpsichord. Fabio Bonizzoni writes: "Die Kunst der Fuge for me is a keyboard work, and therefore the harpsichord is the most appropriate instrument, I believe. The work presents several problems since no 'authentic' final stage of it exists. I have decided to record a version quite close to the first version of this work – as preserved in an autograph manuscript – with a few additions involving the presence of a second harpsichord which is playing in two of the contrapunti." US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080. Eloquentia (1 CD, March 2011). Consort Sit Fast - Atsushi Sakaï, Isabelle Saint-Yves, Thomas De Pierrefeu, & Joshua Cheatham, viols. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080. Harmonia Mundi 902064 (1 CD, January 2011). Details. Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080. Raumklang 3004 (1 CD, January 2011). Details. Peter Kofler, harpsichord by Karl August Gräbner, Dresden 1782, & organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas BWV 51 & 199 and Arias. Harmonia Mundi (1 CD, February 2011). Elizabeth Watts, soprano. Harry Bicket, The English Concert. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin. Linn CDK 366 (2 CDs, January 2011). Details. Pavlo Beznosiuk, violin. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Concerts avec plusiers instruments V. Alpha (1 CD, January 2011). Café Zimmermann. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Partiten BWV 835-830. Berlin Classics 0300039BC (2 CDs, November 2010). Francesco Corti, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume XII (of XX): "Warum betrübst du dich, mein Hertz". Accent ACC 25312 (1 CD, January 2011). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. BWV 138, 27, 47, 96. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord / Arias with obligato Viola da Gamba. Glossa GCD 920411 (1 CD, November 2010). Details. Paolo Pandolfo, bass viol; Markus Hünninger, harpsichord and organ. Michael Chance, countertenor; Harry van der Kamp, bass; François Joubert-Caillet, violone. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Bach Fantasy. Aparté AP-010 (1 CD, November 2010). Christophe Rousset, harpsichord. Fantasias BWV 901, 904, 922; Capriccio BWV 992, Preludes & Fugues BWV 894, 902, 968, 989, 998 & 999. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Die Kunst der Fuge BWV 1080. Ricercar RIC 303 (2 CDs, July 2010). Details. Bernard Foccroulle, Thomas organ at the Temple du Bouclier, Strasbourg. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Nun komm! French ouvertures by German composers. J.S. Bach, Cantatas 61 & 67; Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Ouverture; Heinrich Isaac, "Innsbruck, ich müss dich lassen", sung a capella & 2 instrumental settings. Hyphen Press Music 003 (1 CD, September 2010). Rachel Elliott, soprano; Sally Bruce-Payne, contralto; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass & Jonathan Gunthorpe, bass. The Bach Players. UK | FR | DE | JP
Every one a chaconne. J.S. Bach, Cantatas 78 & 150; Purcell, Chacony; Philipp Heinrich Erlebach, Ouverture. Hyphen Press Music 002 (1 CD, May 2010). Rachel Elliott, soprano; Clare Wilkinson, contralto; Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Matthew Brooks, bass. The Bach Players. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Desire - Cantatas 32, 49 & 154. Johann Christoph Bach. Ach, dass ich Wassers gnug hätte. Passacaille 956 (1 CD, May 2010). Details. Marcel Ponseele, Il Gardellino. Caroline Weynants, soprano; Patrick Van Goethem, countertenor; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Lieven Termont, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Magnificat BWV 243 / Cantata BWV 110: Unser Mund sei voll Lachens. Channel Classics CCS SA 32010 (1 CD, November 2010). Details (pdf). Jos van Veldhoven, Netherlands Bach Society. Dorothee Mields, soprano; Johannette Zomer, soprano; William Towers, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Stephan MacLeod, bass. This apparently is the first OVPP recording of BWV 110. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Das wohltemperierte Clavier Vol. 2. Harmonia Mundi 907433/34 (2 CDs, May 2010). Richard Egarr, harpsichord by Joel Katzman after Ruckers. An outstanding recording that I highly recommend. Richard Egarr writes: "To help contrast between my recording of WTC I and II, I chose to sue a higher pitch for the Second Book: a'= 415, as opposed to teh lower a' = 392 for Book One. For those who wish to compare such things, I also used a slightly heavier voicing of the quill to give the sound more strength. I also chose to apply Bradley Lehman's interpretation of Bach's tuning-diagram from WTC I in tuning the temperament for WTC II." US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Violin Concertos (BWV 1041, 1042, 1055, 1056). Channel Classics CCS SA 30910 (1 CD, September 2010). Details. Rachel Podger, violin. Brecon Baroque. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Brandenburg Concertos. Accent 24182 (2 CDs, September 2010). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. One of very few recordings of the second concerto using an historically-inspired (holeless) trumpet, played by Jean-François Madeuf. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. The Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012. Ramée (2 CDs, September 2010). Details. Dmitry Badiarov, Violoncello piccolo da spalla (Shoulder-cello). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume XI (of XX): "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen". Accent ACC 25311 (1 CD, June 2010). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Siri Thornhill, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. BWV 12, 67, 85. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Mass in B Minor BWV 232. Linn Records CKD 354 (2 CDs, May 2010). Details. John Butt, Dunedin Consort. Susan Hamilton, soprano 1; Cecilia Osmond, soprano 2; Margot Oitzinger, contralto; Thomas Hobbs, tenor; Matthew Brook, bass. The second wave of OVPP recordings continues. I have Junghänel's and haven't heard Veldhoven 2, Kuijken 2, Minkowski or Butt. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume X (of XX): "Himmelfahrts-Oratorium". Accent ACC 25310 (1 CD, April 2010). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Siri Thornhill, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. BWV 11, 44, 86, 108. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Passio Secundum Johannem. Zig-Zag Territoires 100301/2 (2 CDs, March 2010). Details. Benoît Haller, La Chapelle Rhénane. OVPP. Evangelist: Julian Prégardien, tenor; Jesus: Benoît Arnould, baritone; Peter & Pilate: Dominik Wörner, bass; Salomé Haller, soprano; Tanya Aspelmeier, soprano; Julien Freymuth, countertenor; Pascal Bertin, countertenor; Michael Feyfar, tenor (solos); Philippe Froeliger, tenor. This is my favorite recording of the St. John Passion, but I haven't heard the latest OVPP recordings. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Goldberg Variations. Raumklang RK 2807 (1 CD, January 2010). Details. Silke Strauf & Claas Harders, viola da gamba. "Basically, the part for the harpsichordist’s left hand is given to one of the viols, the part for the right hand to the other..." US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Matthäus Passion BWV 244. Challenge Classics CC 72357 (3 CDs, January 2010). Details / "A barefooted, vulnerable St Matthew Passion of sky-high perfection" -- Because of construction in Leuven, recording had to be done at night. "During the first night a full live recording was made. And during daytime [producer] Bert [van der Wolf] did his production work, so that the next three nights he knew exactly what parts still had to be done. It was a very intense and unique process." Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Choir I: Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, baritone. Choir II: Marie Kuijken, soprano; Patrizia Hardt, contralto; Bernhard Hunziger, tenor; Marcus Niedermeyr, bass. A fine performance and recording that I can recommend. I haven't heard John Butt's recording and thus have no basis for comparison. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Markus-Passion. Carus 83.244 (1 CD, February 2010). Performance review / Malcolm Bruno, Towards a Markus-Passion. Choir & Organ, Nov/Dec 2005 (pdf) / Review by Johan Van Veen. Michael Willens, Kölner Akademie. Anja Zügner, soprano; Dorothea Wagner, soprano; Clare Wilkinson, mezzo-soprano; Silvia Janak, mezzo-soprano; Ensemble Amarcord: Wolfram Lattke, tenor; Martin Lattke, tenor; Frank Ozimek, baritone; Daniel Knauft, bass; Holger Krause, bass. Dominique Horwitz, Speaker. Hellmann reconstruction revised by Andreas Glöckner (Carus 2001). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Magnificat BWV 243; Missa BWV 235. Mirare MIR 102 (1 CD, November 2009). Details. Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Maria Keohane, soprano; Anna Zander, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Hans-Jörg Mammel, tenor; Stephan MacLeod, bass. OVPP. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Das wohltemperirte Clavier BWV 846-893. Triton TRI 331164 (4 CDs, November 2009). Frédéric Désenclos, performing on four different organs: 1726 Garrels organ at Oud-Katholieke Kerk in The Hague; 1996 Felsberg-Aubertin organ at Église Notre-Dame Saint-Vincent in Lyon; 1999 Rémy Mahler organ at Saint-Étienne de Baïgorry; 1783 Wolfferts-Heyneman organ at Sint-Maartenskerk, Zaltbommel. UK | FR | DE | JP
Reissued on Alpha. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume IX: "Nun komm, der Heiden Heiland". Accent ACC 25309 (1 CD, October 2009). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. BWV 61, 36, 62, 132. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Complete Harpsichord Concertos on Antique Instruments. Plectra (3 CDs 2009). Details. Davitt Moroney, Karen Flint, Arthur Haas, JungHae Kim, Adam Pearl, harpsichords, Brandywine Baroque. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach Orchestral Suites for a Young Prince (Leopold of Anhalt-Köthen). Avie AV 2171 (1 CD, May 2009). Review by Johann van Veen. Original versions without trumpets, drums or transverse flute. Monica Huggett, Ensemble Sonnerie. Gonzalo X. Ruiz, oboe and reconstruction of the original version of suite no. 2. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume VIII: "Meine Seufzer, meine Tränen". Accent 25308 (1 CD, April 2009). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Siri Thornhill, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. BWV 13, 73, 144, 81. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Mass in B Minor BWV 232. Challenge Classics CC 72316 (2 CDs, March 2009). Details. Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Gerlinde Sämann, soprano; Elisabeth Hermans, soprano; Patrizia Hardt, contralto; Christoph Genz, tenor; Jan Van der Crabben, bass. Jean-François Madeuf, Philippe Genestier & Graham Nicholson, trumpets. Possibly the first recording with ventless natural trumpets, which were a highlight of the Bach Collegium Japan US tour in 2011. The latest in the second wave of OVPP recordings. I have the Parrott (first wave) and Junghänel recordings and haven't heard Kuijken's, Minkowski's, or Veldhoven's second (OVPP) recording. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Mass in B Minor BWV 232. Naïve V 5145 (2 CDs, January 2009). Interview with Marc Minkowski / Video. Marc Minkowski, Les Musiciens du Louvre. Lucy Crowe, Joanne Lunn, Julia Lezhneva & Blandine Staskiewicz, sopranos; Nathalie Stutzmann, contralto; Terry Way, countertenor; Colin Balzer & Markus Brutscher, tenors; Christian M. Immler & Luca Tittoto, bass. 2VPP -- the same vocal lineup as Cantus Cölln, with only 2 more vocalists than on Kuijken's new recording. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Sonatas BWV 1027-1029, Chorales & Trios. Alpha 139 (1 CD, February 2009). Details. Bruno Cocset, alto (an instrument built by Charles Riché described as "half-viola, half-violin"), tenor & bass violin "alla bastarda"; Bertrand Cuiller, harpsichord & organ; Richard Myron, double bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. The Cello Suites BWV 1007-1012. Accent ACC 24196 (2 CDs, January 2009). Sigiswald Kuijken, Violoncello da spalla (Shoulder-cello). US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Aus der Tiefe - Cantatas 4, 131, 182. Mirare MIR 057 (1 CD, January 2009). Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Katharine Fuge, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Hans Jörg Mammel, tenor; Stephan MacLeod, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Solo Cantatas BWV 35, 169 & 170. Harmonia Mundi HMC 902016 (1 CD, January 2009). Details. Bernarda Fink, contralto. Petra Müllejans, Freiburger Barockorchester. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas for the complete liturgical year, volume VII: O Ewigkeit du Donnerwort. Accent ACC 25307 (1 CD, September 2008). Sigiswald Kuijken, La Petite Bande. Siri Thornhill, soprano; Petra Noskaiová, contralto; Marcus Ullmann, tenor; Jan van der Crabben, bass. Cantatas BWV 20, 2 & 10. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas Vol. 4: La Nativité. Atma Classique SACD 22403 (1 CD, October 2008). Details. Cantatas BWV 61, 122, 123 & 182. Fourth volume in the slowly progressing Canadian OVPP complete Bach cantatas project. Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque. Monika Mauch, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Harry Van Der Kamp, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Early Cantatas, volume 3: Weimar Cantatas 2. Chandos CHAN 0752(2) (2 CDs, September 2008). Emma Kirkby, soprano; Michael Chance, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone. Purcell Quartet. BWV 172, 182 & 21. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Music for Lute-Harpsichord. Naxos 8.570470-71 (2 CDs, August 2008). Elizabeth Farr, lautenwerk by Keith Hill. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach et al. Jauchzet Gott in Allen Landen (BWV 51) - Cantatas for Soprano & Trumpet. Phoenix Edition 102 (1 CD, June 2008). Details. Ruth Ziesak, soprano; Reinhold Friedrich, trumpet. Berliner Barock Compagney. The same soloists recorded BWV 51 on modern instruments in 2000 on Capriccio. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Matthew Passion. Bach's last performing version c. 1742. Linn CKD313 (2 CDs, March 2008). Sleeve notes & downloadable studio master. John Butt, Dunedin Consort & Players. (Original vocal forces & isntrumentation.) Evangelist: Nicholas Mulroy, tenor; Jesus: Matthew Brook, bass; Susan Hamilton, soprano; Cecilia Osmond, soprano; Clare Wilkinson, contralto; Annie Gill, contralto; Malcom Bennett, tenor; Brian Bannatyne-Scott, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Latin Church Music Vol. 1. Challenge Classics CC 72188 (2 CDs, February 2008). Ton Koopman, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir. Missa in F BWV 233; Missa in G BWV 235; Magnificat BWV 243; Missa in A BWV 234; Gloria in excelcis Deo BWV 191; Missa in G BWV 236; Sanctus BWV 232. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Das Wohltemperierte Clavier Vol. 1. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907431/32 (2 CDs, October 2007). Richard Egarr, harpsichord by Joel Katzman after Ruckers 1638, tuned in the temperament worked out by Bradley Lehman from the border decoration on Bach's text. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas. Channel Classics CCS SA 23807 (1 CD, September 2007). Johannette Zomer, soprano; Florilegium. Contents: Mein Herz Schwimmt im Blut BWV 199; Ich habe genug BWV 82a; Sinfonia from BWV 146; Overture No. 2 in B minor BWV 1067. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Tombeau de Sa Majesté la Reine de Pologne. Mirare MIR 030 (1 CD, April 2007). Details. Philippe Pierlot, Ricercar Consort. Katherine Fuge, soprano; Carlos Mena, countertenor; Jan Kobow, tenor; Stephan MacLeod, bass; Francis Jacob, organ. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Suites for Lute, volume 1. Harmonia Mundi HMU907348 (1 CD, August 2007). Paul O'Dette, lute. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach, arranged by Robert Schumann. Johannes-Passion. cpo 777 091-2 (2 CDs, May 2007). Hermann Max, Rheinische Kantorei, Das Kleine Konzert. Veronika Winter, soprano; Elisabeth Scholl, soprano; Gerhild Romberger, contralto; Jan Kobow, tenor; Ekkehard Abele, bass; Clemens Heidrich, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Missae Breves BWV 233-236. Harmonia Mundi HMC 901939/40 (2 CDs, May 2007). Details. Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Mass in B Minor BWV 232. Channel Classics 25007 (2 CDs, March 2007). Details. Jos van Veldhoven, Netherlands Bach Society. Dorothee Mields, soprano; Johannette Zomer, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Peter Harvey, bass. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Clavier Sonaten mit obligater Violine. Ambronay (2 CDs, February 2007). Mira Glodeanu, violin; Frédéric Haas, harpsichord. UK | FR | DE | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas Vol. 3: Saint- Michel. Atma Classique SACD 22402 (1 CD, November 2006). Details. Cantatas BWV 147, 82 & 1. Third volume in the new OVPP complete Bach cantatas project expected to take 15 years. Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque. Monika Mauch, soprano; Matthew White, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Stephen MacLeod, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. Ambroisie AMB 109 (2 CDs, November 2006). Stefano Montanari, violin; Christophe Rousset, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Bach Edition: Complete Works. Brilliant Classics 93102 (155 CDs, August 2006). Track List | Review of the earlier 160-CD version. This is a predominantly HIP compilation of reissues that includes Leusink's cantatas on 60 CDs, complete harpsichord works by Belder, Dirksen, van Asperen, Wuyts, Payne, van Delft and Berben on 23 CDs, complete organ works by Fagius on 17 CDs, plus 23 CDs of orchestral and chamber music and 32 CDs of passion oratorios and other vocal works. 9 CDs from the earlier version have been replaced with recordings by Musica Amphion, La Stravaganza Köln, ter Linden, and others. Includes a CD-ROM with 388 pages of texts, notes and translations in pdf format. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Goldberg Variations BWV 988 & 14 Goldberg Canons BWV 1087. Harmonia Mundi HMU 907425/26 (2 CD, March 2006). Richard Egarr, harpsichord by Joel Katzman after Ruckers, Lehman temperament at a'=409. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
Emma Kirkby in Australia. ABC Classics 476 5255 (1 CD 2006). Details. J.S. Bach, Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen BWV 51; William Hayes, final aria and chorus from The Passions (Oxford c.1750); Handel, Laudate pueri Dominum HWV 237; Vivaldi, Magnificat RV 610. Emma Kirkby, soprano; Cantillation & Orchestra of the Antipodes, Antony Walker, director. US | UK | FR | DE | JP
J.S. Bach. Harpsichord Works. Decca (4 CDs). Christophe Rousset. Reissue of recordings from the 1990s. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Suites pour le Clavessin - The French Suites. Aeolus AE 10084 (1 CD, September 2005). Details. Bob van Asperen, Christian Vater harpsichord (1738) - first recording. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas Vol. 2: Saint- Michel. Atma Classique SACD 22401 (1 CD, September 2005). Details. Cantatas BWV 19, 130, 149. Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque. Monika Mauch, soprano; David D.Q. Lee, countertenor; Jan Kobow, tenor; Stephen MacLeod, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. 6 Suites a Violoncello Solo senza Basso. dhm 82876697672 (2 CDs, August 2005). Hidemi Suzuki, cello (Amati 1570). Details. This is a new recording. Suzuki's earlier recording was re-released on dhm's Splendeurs label in 2004. UK | DE | FR | JP
J.S. Bach. Cantatas Vol. 1: Saint-Jean-Baptiste. Atma Classique SACD 22400 (1 CD, June 2005). Details. Cantatas BWV 7, 30, 167. Eric Milnes, Montréal Baroque. Suzie LeBlanc, soprano; Daniel Taylor, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Stephen MacLeod, bass. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Klavierbüchlein für Wilhelm Friedemann. Ambroisie ABM 9977 (2 CDs, April 2005). Christophe Rousset, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Toccatas BWV 910-916. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT 050501 (1 CD, April 2005). Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. St. John Passion. Channel Classics CCS SA 22005 (2 CDs 2005). Jos van Veldhoven, The Netherlands Bach Society. Caroline Stam & Marjon Strijk, sopranos; Peter de Groot, countertenor; Marleene Goldstein & Elsbeth Gerritsen, contraltos; Evangelist: Gerd Türk, tenor; Simon Wall, tenor; Jesus: Stephen MacLeod, bass; Bas Ramselaar, bass. Favorable review by Johan Van Veen. This is a one-to-a-part recording of the original 1724 version, as reconstructed by Pieter Dirksen. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Early Cantatas, volume 1. Chandos CHAN 0715 (1 CD, February 2005). Emma Kirkby, soprano; Michael Chance, countertenor; Charles Daniels, tenor; Peter Harvey, baritone. Purcell Quartet. BWV 4, 106, 131 & 196. The first of a new one-to-a-part series. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Johann Sebastian Bach. Suites Françaises. Ambroisie AMB 9960 (2 CDs, September 2004). Christophe Rousset, harpsichord. US | UK | FR | DE | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. The Secret Bach - Works for Clavichord. Metronome MET CD 1056 (1 CD 2004). Track listing. Christopher Hogwood, clavichord. Reviewed by John Butt in Early Music Review 101:28 (June 2004). US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
J.S. Bach. Unaccompanied Cello Suites and Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord. Arcana A421 (3 CDs, March 2004). Wieland Kuijken, cello and viola da gamba; Piet Kuijken, harpsichord. FR | UK | DE
Johann Sebastian Bach. Suites Anglaises. Ambroisie AMB 9942 (2 CDs 2003). Christophe Rousset, Neuchâtel Ruckers harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Johann Sebastian Bach. Mass in b minor. Harmonia Mundi HMC 801813/14 (2 SACDs) & HMC 901813/14 (2 CDs 2003). Discussion on bach-cantatas.com. Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln. Johanna Koslowsky, Mechthild Bach, Monika Mauch & Susanne Rydén, sopranos; Elisabeth Popien, contralto; Henning Voss, countertenor; Hans-Jörg Mammel & Wilfried Jochens, tenors; Stephan Schreckenberger & Wolf-Matthias Friedrich, basses. Andrew Parrott's 1984 version, the benchmark for historic forces recordings, has finally been surpassed at least in some respects. While there is sure to be disagreement over voices and tempos, it is indisputable that the quality of early instrument performance has improved dramatically over 20 years, as a comparison of the two recordings will confirm. SACD: US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP || CD: US | FR | CA | JP
Johann Sebastian Bach. St. Matthew Passion. DG-Archiv 472 200-2 (2 CDs, April 2003). Paul McCreesh, Gabrieli Players. I: Deborah York, Magdalena Kožená, Mark Padmore, Peter Harvey; II: Julia Gooding, Susan Bickley, James Gilchrist, Stephan Loges; Ulla Munch, ripieno soprano. Landmark recording, using minimal vocal forces (9 singers) and proper organs -- two new instruments by Marcussen in Roskilde Cathedral. Favorably reviewed by Clifford Bartlett in Early Music Review 90:20-21 (May 2003)(online - scroll to bottom of page): "The most notable feature . . . is the relationship of voice and instruments in the arias: I'm not degrading the importance of the conductor by saying that they sound as if he isn't there and that the musicians are making chamber music." US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Christoph Bach, Johann Michael Bach, Georg Christoph Bach. Altbachisches Archiv. (Archive of the Elder Bachs.) Harmonia Mundi HMC 901783/4 (2 CDs, April 2003). Konrad Junghänel, Cantus Cölln, Concerto Palatino. Some overlap with the superb Cantus Cölln Bach family CD on dhm, ie the motet "Ich lasse dich nicht", now established to have been composed by JS Bach. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
J.S. Bach. Fantaisie chromatique, sonates & transcriptions. Alpha 027 (1 CD, 2002). Details. Yves Rechsteiner. Pedal harpsichord by Nicholas Macheret of Progens, Switzerland after Harass. 8'8'4' + 2x16'8' pedal. Article by Yves Rechstiner about his pedal harpsichord with photos. US | UK | DE | FR
Johann Sebastian Bach. Suites Anglaises. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT0304012 (2 CDs, April 2003). Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Johann Sebastian Bach. Suites Françaises. Zig-Zag Territoires ZZT0204012 (2 CDs 2002). Blandine Rannou, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
Johann Sebastian Bach. The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book I. Mirare 9930 (2 CDs 2002). Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord. US | UK | DE | FR | CA
J.S. Bach. The French Suites. Music & Arts CD-1124 (2 CDs, November 2000). Details. David Cates, harpsichord by Owen Daly after Vaudry. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP

Recommended Recordings

Johann Sebastian Bach. Goldberg Variations. Pierre Hantaï, harpsichord by Bruce Kennedy after Mietke. Opus 111 OPS 30-84 (1 CD 1993). US | UK | DE | FR

Reissued on OP 2024 (2000). US | UK | DE.

Reissued as the score to the film Stupeur et tremblements. Naïve K1616 (2003). US | UK | DE | FR | CA

J.S. Bach. Trauer-Ode, Motets. Andrew Parrott. Emily Van Evera, Bommer, Trevor, Daniels, Hilz. Sony SK 60155. Andrew Parrott and the record companies who have issued his recordings are to be commended for standing up to the dominant, vested interests who have for the most part successfully suppressed historically-inspired performances of Bach's choral music.

J.S. Bach. Aufs Lautenwerk. Dorian DIS-80126. Kim Heindel playing a Willard Martin lautenwerk (lute-harpsichord). No gut-strung harpsichords survived to the 20th Century, but J.S. Bach is known to have owned at least one.

J.S. Bach. Well-Tempered Clavier, Books 1: EMI Reflexe CDS 7 49568 2 (2 CDs). Book 2: EMI Reflexe CDS 7 49727 2 (2 CDs). Bob van Asperen. 1728 Zell harpsichord.

J.S. Bach. Cantatas BMV 51, 82a, 199. Virgin 7243 5 45038 2 5. Monica Hugett. Nancy Argenta, Steele-Perkins, Beznosiuk, Goodwin. (1994).

More will be added as time permits.

Books

Gregory G. Butler, George B. Stauffer & Mary Dalton Green (eds.) About Bach. Details. University of Illinois Press, August 2008. 200 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Gregory G. Butler (ed.) Bach Perspectives, volume 7: J.S. Bach's Concerted Ensemble Music, The Concerto. Details. University of Illinois Press, January 2008. 136 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Gregory G. Butler (ed.) Bach Perspectives, volume 6: J.S. Bach's Concerted Ensemble Music, The Ouverture. Details. University of Illinois Press 2007. 216 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Carol K. Baron. Bach's Changing World. 376 pages. Favorably reviewed by Clifford Barlett in Early Music Review 114: 20-21 (August 2006): "a marvelous account of the Leipzig ... in which Bach lived and worked". University of Rochester Press 2006. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Richard Jones. The Creative Development of Johann Sebastian Bach: Music to Delight the Spirit, 1695-1717. Volume 1. Details. Oxford University Press 2006. 400 pages. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Alfred Dürr. Translated by Richard Jones. The Cantatas of J.S. Bach. Oxford University Press (June 2005). 984 pages. Details. A work-by-work commentary on the Bach cantatas. It includes all the cantata librettos in German-English parallel text. The most recent (sixth) German edition appeared in 1995. For the English edition the text has been carefully revised to bring it up to date, taking account of Bach scholarship since that date. US | UK | DE | FR - lowest price as of 25 Aug | CA | JP
Ulrich Prinz. Das Instrumentarium von Johann Sebastian Bach. 701 pages. Bärenreiter 2005. Reviewed by Brian Clark in Early Music Review 107:28-29 (June 2005), who wrote: ". . . it works through every instrument ever used by the composer, attempting to give all the information one might ever want: the title (and BWV number) of the work, the movements in which the instrument jis used, what key the work is in, what transposition if any is used, the range of  the piece. It also lists Bach's players and instrument makers with whom they would have been familiar (and often gives information on surviving originals)." DE | FR | JP
Anne Leahy & Yo Tomita (eds.) Bach Studies from Dublin: Selected papers presented at the 9th biennial conference on Baroque music, held at Trinity College, Dublin from 12th to 16th July 2000. From Clifford Bartlett's review in EMR 103:23-24 (October 2004): "There are three items of specific interest to performers. The most specific is J. Drew Stephen on Bach's horn parts and how his players dealt with the 11th and 13th harmonics (F and A). Hand stopping seems not to have been introduced until the end of Bach's lifetime; similarly the use of nodal vents. Letting the notes sound at the 'natural' pitch (as in Britten's Serenade) is rejected, so we are left with the need to lip them into pitch." 270 pages. Four Courts Press, 2004. US | UK | DE | FR | CA | JP
Peter Williams. The Organ Music of J.S. Bach. 634 pages. Cambridge University Press. (2d ed. 2004). US | UK
Peter Williams. The Life of Bach. 228 pages. Cambridge University Press 2003. US | UK
Andrew Parrott. The Essential Bach Choir. Boydell & Brewer 2000. 240 pages. Parrott demonstrates convincingly that a historically-informed performance of a Bach cantata will use one performer per part. US | UK
David Ledbetter. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier: The 48 Preludes and Fugues. Yale University Press, 2002. 352 pages. US | UK
David G. Yearsley. Bach and the Meaning of Counterpoint. Cambridge University Press, 2002. 275 pages. US | UK
Meredith Little & Natalie Jenne. Dance and the Music of J.S. Bach: Expanded Edition. 288 pages. Indiana U. Press, 2002. US | UK
Mathew Dirst. Bach as Musical Icon. Cambridge University Press. Forthcoming 2004. US
Joel Speerstra. Bach and the Pedal Clavichord. University of Rochester Press. November 2003. 280 pages. ISBN: 1580461352.
Peter Williams (ed.) Bach Handel Scarlatti - Tercentenary Essays. 363 pages. Cambridge University Press 1985. Contents include: Aria and Ritornello: The Mietkes, the Margrave and Bach by Sheridan Germann; Did J.S. Bach Compose the f Minor Prelude and Fugue BWV 534? [No] by David Humphreys; In Search of Bach the Organist by Peter le Huray and John Butt; Tempo and Dynamic Indications in the Bach Sources: A Review of the Terminology by Robert Marshall; New Aspects of the Comparison Handel/Bach by Paul Brainard; Muzio Clemente as an Original Advocate, Collector and Performer, in Particular of J.S. Bach and D. Scarlatti, by Stephen Daw; The 'Dotted Style' in Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti by David Fuller; Reconstructing the Lost Keyboard Notebooks of the Young Bach and Handel by Robert Hill; Keyboard Technique and Articulation: Evidence for the Performance Practices of Bach, Handel and Scarlatti by Mark Lindley; Bach, Handel, D. Scarlatti and the Toccata of the Late Baroque by Giorgio Pestelli; and Figurae in the Keyboard Works of Scarlatti, Handel and Bach: An Introduction, by Peter Williams. US | DE

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