Johann Sebastian Bach - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 12 CDs

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Johann Sebastian Bach - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 12 CDs

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Bach viewed himself primarily as a craftsman and a servant of God. The majority of his compositions are sacred choral or organ works which he wrote specifically for use in church services; his instrumental masterpieces mostly come from a brief stint in the service of a prince in Cöthen, when he was asked to write works for entertainment at court. Bach's music is considered to be the culmination of the Baroque style, especially in his use of counterpoint (the combination of multiple lines of melody in different instruments).

Bach was the most distinguished of a long line of professional musicians. He received his early musical training from his father and took his first professional post as church organist before he turned twenty. As the years went by, Bach gradually moved up in the Lutheran musical world. From 1717 to 1723 Bach was music director at a prince's court in Cöthen. In 1723 he was appointed cantor in Leipzig, a position he held for the rest of his life. By the time of his death he was known as the best composer in Protestant Germany.

After Bach's death his works suffered in obscurity for nearly a century; the composer Felix Mendelssohn helped to lead the"Bach revival" of the mid-nineteenth century, and his works have remained an essential part of the repertoire ever since. Beginning in the 1960s, the "period performance" movement advocated a return to the performing styles and practices of Bach's time, and such performances have given us a greater understanding of the composer and his music.

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Johann Sebastian Bach - A 'Project Climax' Subcategory - 12 CDs
01 - 02 - 03 - 04 - 05 - 06 - 07 - 08 - 09 - 10 - 11 - 12

Passwords: [01, 12]: None - [2-4, 10-11]: - [5-9]: Sankerib

Big thanks to both shmily and iceshoweronfire for uploading album no. 01

And of course to serg_bal for uloading album no. 12

01 - Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051 - Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment (Virgin 1999)

02 - Complete Goldberg Variations 1955-81 'A State of Wonder' - Glenn Gould (Sony 2002) 3 CDs

03 - Mass in B minor - Gardiner, English Baroque Soloist, Monteverdi Choir (Archiv 1990) 2 CDs

04 - The Well-Tempered Clavier 1 & 2 - Rosalyn Tureck (DG 1999) 4 CDs

05 - Sonatas and Paritas for Solo Violin - Henryk Szeryng (DG 1997) 2 CDs

06 - Cello-Suiten 1-6 - Mstislav Rostropovich (EMI 1995) 2 CDs

07 - St. Matthew Passion - Bonney, Gardiner & English Baroque Soloists (Archiv 1989) 3 CDs

08 - 6 Favourite Cantatas - Joshua Rifkin & The Bach Ensemble (Decca 1997) 2 CDs

09 - Toccata & Fugue - E. Power Biggs (Sony 2002)

10 - Orchestral Suites 1-4 - Sir Neville Marriner & Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields (Decca 1991)

11 - Violin Concertos BWV 1041-43 - Grumiaux, Krebbes, Holliger & New PO (Philips 1990)

12 - The Art of Fugue, BWV 1080 - Juilliard String Quartet (Sony 2002)