Top 10 Bach recordings

James McCarthy Tue 14th January 2014

Here are 10 works by Bach that are essential listening; and once bitten the Bach Bug will take you on a journey of almost limitless reward

No 1

Orchestral Suites

Ensemble Sonnerie / Monica Huggett

'“Orchestral Suites for a young prince” is what this release advertises, in reference to the fact...' Review

No 2

Brandenburg Concertos

European Brandenburg Ensemble / Trevor Pinnock 

'When Trevor Pinnock first recorded the Brandenburgs with the English...Review

No 3

Violin Concertos

Daniel Hope; Chamber Orchestra of Europe

'First impressions suggest a high-energy, tightly accented...Review


No 4

Goldberg Variations

Glenn Gould (pf)

'This truly astonishing performance was recorded in 1981, 26 years...Review


No 5


Trevor Pinnock

'Hanssler’s eclectic approach to its ongoing complete Bach series...Review


No 6

Cello Suites

Steven Isserlis

'Though these two new recordings of the Bach Cello Suites sound rather different, reading the...'Review


No 7

Well-tempered Clavier

Angela Hewitt 

'Listening to Angela Hewitt’s latest thoughts on Bach’s Well-Tempered Clavier alongside her...Review


No 8

Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas

Rachel Podger

'As a matter of tactics disregarding the printed order of the works...Review


No 9

Mass in B minor

Soloists; Dunedin Consort and Players / John Butt

'There are few who strive sincerely to juxtapose the bedfellows...Review


No 10

St Matthew Passion

Soloists; Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Concentus Musicus Wien / Nikolaus Harnoncourt

'Harnoncourt has waited over...' Review

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