The Gramophone guide to the best Bach recordings
Bach has been called 'the supreme arbiter and law-giver of music'. He is to music what Leonardo da Vinci is to art and Shakespeare is to literature, one of the supreme creative geniuses of history. Amazingly, he was essentially a self-taught, provincial musician who achieved only limited fame during his lifetime. Read the full biography.
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Bach – 10 Essential Recordings
New to Bach? Here's a list of the top 10 recordings to help start your collection...
- Brandenburg Concertos – Concerto Italiano / Alessandrini
- Cello Suites – Pierre Fournier (vc)
- Mass in B minor – Collegium Vocale, Ghent / Herreweghe
- St Matthew Passion – Arnold Schoenberg Choir; Concentus Musicus Wien / Harnoncourt
- Well-Tempered Clavier – Edwin Fischer (pf)
- Magnificat – Ricercar Consort / Pierlot
- Goldberg Variations – Glenn Gould (pf)
- Orchestral Suites – Freiburg Baroque Orchestra / von der Goltz
- Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas – Rachel Podger (vn)
- Cantatas – Monteverdi Choir; English Baroque Soloists / Gardiner
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