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Bach: The Essentials - Alexandre Tharaud (piano); Andreas Staier (harpsichord); Andrew Manze (violin); Barbara Schlick (soprano);...
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  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 1. Allegro
  2. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. 66a. Und Joseph nahm den Leib. 66b. Chorus. Herr, wir haben gedacht. 66c. Pilatus sprach zu
  3. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. 68. Chorus. Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
  4. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: 1. Prélude
  5. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (BC L80) (WTC I/1)
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  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050: 1. Allegro
  2. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. 66a. Und Joseph nahm den Leib. 66b. Chorus. Herr, wir haben gedacht. 66c. Pilatus sprach zu
  3. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Part 2. 68. Chorus. Wir setzen uns mit Tränen nieder
  4. Suite for solo cello No. 5 in C minor, BWV 1011: 1. Prélude
  5. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (BC L80) (WTC I/1)
  6. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
  7. Cantata No. 170, "Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust," BWV 170 (BC A106): 1. Aria. Vergnügte Ruh, beliebte Seelenlust
  8. Easter Oratorio (Oster-Oratorium: "Kommt, eilet und laufet"), BWV 249 (BC D8): Chorus. Preis und Dank
  9. O Gott, du frommer Gott, chorale partita for organ, BWV 767 (BC K95)
  10. Die Kunst der Fuge (The Art of the Fugue), for keyboard (or other instruments), BWV 1080: Contrapunctus 1 à 4 voix: thème rectus
  11. Cantata No. 122, "Das neugeborne Kindelein," BWV 122 (BC A19): 4. Aria. Ist Gott versöhnt
  12. Cantata No. 21, "Ich hatte viel Bekümmernis," BWV 21 (BC A99): Choeur. Ich hatte vile Bekümmernis
  13. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  14. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie
  15. Cantata No. 12, "Weinen, Klagen, Sorgen, Zagen," BWV 12 (BC A68)
  16. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 1. Vivace
  17. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV): Aria
  18. Goldberg Variations, for keyboard, BWV 988 (BC L9) (Clavier-Übung IV): Variation 16. Ouverture à 1 clavier
  19. Cantata No. 158, "Der Friede sei mit dir," BWV 158 (BC A61): Aria con Chorale. Welt, ade
  20. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Choeur. Magnificat anima mea Dominum
  21. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Aria & Choeur. Omnes generationes
  22. The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Prélude
  23. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Am ersten Weihnachtstag: Choeur d'ouverture. Jauchzet, frohlocket
  24. Komm, Jesu, komm, motet for chorus & continuo, BWV 229 (BC C3): Chor. Aria. Komm, Jesu, komm
  25. Nun danket alle Gott, chorale prelude for organ, BWV 657 (BC K80) (Achtzehn Choräle No. 6)
  26. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Sanctus
  27. Pastorale for organ in F major, BWV 590 (BC J81): Aria
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Harmonia Mundi's two-disc set called The Essential Bach does indeed provide a clear view of the essential Bach in a compact package even if it cannot hope to represent the fullness of the composer's output. Starting with a suitably sparkling performance of the opening movement of the Fifth Brandenburg Concerto by the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin is a good move, and following that with an appropriately gloomy performance of the closing movements of the St. Matthew Passion by the Choeur et Orchestre du Collegium Vocale ...

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Bach: The Essentials 2009, Harmonia Mundi

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