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50 Most Essential Bach Masterpieces

Audio Samples

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major (The Well-Tempered Clavier)
>     Prelude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major
>     Air
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto in D minor, for two violins
>     Vivace
>     Largo ma non tanto
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations
>     Aria
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor
>     Badinerie
>     Rondeau
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>     Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor
>     Et resurrexit
>     Dona nobis pacem
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5 in F minor
>     Largo (Arioso)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major
>     Prelude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major
>     Magnificat anima mea Dominum
>     Et exultavit spiritus meus
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Partita in B flat major
>     Prelude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor
>     Allegro
>     Adagio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major
>     Forlane
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute in E flat major
>     Siciliano
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major
>     Allegro
>     Adagio ma non tanto
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto no 1 in C minor, for two keyboards
>     Adagio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C major (Acht kleine Praeludien und Fugen no 1; doubtful), BWV 553
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>     Sinfonia in G major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Partita no 3 in E major
>     Preludio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>     Schäfe können sicher weide (Sheep may safely graze)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto in C minor, for oboe and violin
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture in the French Style
>     Overture
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 1 in D minor
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite in C minor, for solo lute
>     Prelude
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Recorder Sonata in C major
>     Andante - Presto
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Easter Oratorio
>     Adagio in B minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 5 in C minor
>     Sarabande
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A major
>     Allegro
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major
>     Allemande
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering
>     Largo
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Partita no 2 in D minor
>     Chaconne

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major (The Well-Tempered Clavier)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto in D minor, for two violins
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schubler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5 in F minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Partita in B flat major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute in E flat major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto no 1 in C minor, for two keyboards
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C major (Acht kleine Praeludien und Fugen no 1; doubtful), BWV 553
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Partita no 3 in E major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto in C minor, for oboe and violin
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture in the French Style
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 1 in D minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite in C minor, for solo lute
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Recorder Sonata in C major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Easter Oratorio
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 5 in C minor
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Partita no 2 in D minor
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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C major (The Well-Tempered Clavier) :: Prelude
  • Performer: Henrik Mawe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 3 in D major :: Air
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 4 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Toccata and Fugue for Organ in D minor, BWV 565
  • Performer: Klemens Schnorr (Organ)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1708

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto in D minor, for two violins :: Vivace
  • Performers: Pieter Schoeman (Violin); Vesselin Gellev (Violin)
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 3 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Goldberg Variations :: Aria
  • Performer: Henrik Mawe (Piano)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor :: Badinerie
  • Conductor: Mikhail Gantvarg
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Soloists
  • Running Time: 1 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben" BWV 147 :: Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring
  • Performer: Magnus Ludwigsson (Piano)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 07/02/1723

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 3 in G major :: Allegro
  • Conductor: David Parry
  • Running Time: 5 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme, chorale prelude for organ (Schübler Chorale no 1), BWV 645 (BC K22
  • Performer: Jurgis Grinkiavichius (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor :: Et resurrexit
  • Conductor: Djansug Kakhidze
  • Running Time: 4 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 8 in F major, BWV 779
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Keyboards)
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 5 in F minor :: Largo (Arioso)
  • Performer: Andrei Ivanovich (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Saulius Sondeckis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 1 in G major :: Prelude
  • Performer: Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major :: Magnificat anima mea Dominum
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 06/1733

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Partita in B flat major :: Prelude
  • Performer: Sergio Tiempo (Piano)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1740

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor :: Allegro
  • Performer: Emmy Verhey (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alun Francis
  • Running Time: 3 min. 52 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for organ in G minor ("Little"), BWV 578 (BC J66)
  • Performer: Hans Fagius (Organ)
  • Running Time: 4 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1707

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 1 in C major :: Forlane
  • Conductor: Bohdan Warchal
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute in E flat major :: Siciliano
  • Ensemble: Moravian Trio
  • Running Time: 2 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Running Time: 7 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Two-Part Invention no 13 in A minor, BWV 784
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Keyboards)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto no 1 in C minor, for two keyboards :: Adagio
  • Performer: Andrei Ivanovich (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Saulius Sondeckis
  • Running Time: 6 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude and Fugue, for organ in C major (Acht kleine Praeludien und Fugen no 1; doubtful), BWV 553
  • Performer: Jurgis Grinkiavichius (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1751

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Christmas Oratorio :: Sinfonia in G major
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Christmas
  • Written: 1734

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV 999
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 2 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 4 in G major :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Partita no 3 in E major :: Preludio
  • Performer: Nobuko Imai (Violin)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Cantata no 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!" (Hunt) BWV 208 :: Schäfe können sicher weide (Sheep may safely graze)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 02/23/1713

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 2 in E major :: Allegro
  • Performer: Ilia Ioff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leopold Hager
  • Running Time: 8 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: by 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Double Concerto in D minor, for two violins :: Largo ma non tanto
  • Performer: Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
  • Conductor: Alberto Lysy
  • Running Time: 6 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fantasia and Fugue for Organ in G minor, BWV 542 "Great G minor"
  • Performer: Otto Winter (Organ)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: by 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto in C minor, for oboe and violin :: Allegro
  • Performers: Tracy Zobel (Oboe); Rachel Applebaum (Violin)
  • Conductor: Eugen Duvier
  • Running Time: 5 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1921

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Overture in the French Style :: Overture
  • Performer: Masaaki Suzuki [Conductor/Organ] (Keyboards)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Keyboard Concerto no 1 in D minor :: Allegro
  • Performer: Andrei Ivanovich (Keyboards)
  • Conductor: Saulius Sondeckis
  • Running Time: 8 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1738

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Kommst du nun, Jesu, BWV 650
  • Performer: Jurgis Grinkiavichius (Organ)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1748-1749

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Concerto for Violin no 1 in A minor :: Adagio
  • Performer: Ilia Ioff (Violin)
  • Conductor: Leopold Hager
  • Running Time: 5 min. 59 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Concerto
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite in C minor, for solo lute :: Prelude
  • Performer: Jakob Lindberg (Lute)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Recorder Sonata in C major :: Andante - Presto
  • Performers: Karl Stangenberg (Recorder); Alfred Lessing (Bass Viola da gamba); Max Frey (Harpsichord)
  • Running Time: 1 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Easter Oratorio :: Adagio in B minor
  • Performer: Brynjar Hoff (Oboe)
  • Conductor: Alf Årdal
  • Running Time: 4 min. 28 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Cantata/Oratorio
  • Written: 1743-1746

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 5 in D major :: Allegro
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Suite for Cello no 5 in C minor :: Sarabande
  • Performer: Torleif Thedeen (Cello)
  • Running Time: 3 min. 53 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Oboe d'Amore Concerto in A major :: Allegro
  • Performer: Emanuel Abbuhl (Oboe d'amore)
  • Conductor: Howard Griffiths
  • Running Time: 4 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1969

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Fugue for lute in G minor, BWV 1000
  • Performer: Klaus Jäckle (Guitar)
  • Running Time: 5 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: after 1725

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major :: Adagio ma non tanto
  • Conductor: Alexander Titov
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Orchestral
  • Written: 03/24/1721

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : French Suite no 4 in E flat major :: Allemande
  • Performer: Christiane Jaccottet (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Composition written: 1722.
  • Running Time: 2 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1722

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Orchestral Suite no 2 in B minor :: Rondeau
  • Conductor: Mikhail Gantvarg
  • Ensemble: St. Petersburg Soloists
  • Running Time: 1 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1738-1739

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : The Musical Offering :: Largo
  • Performer: Susanne Doll (Organ)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 05/1747-07/1747

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Magnificat in D major :: Et exultavit spiritus meus
  • Performer: Miah Persson (Soprano)
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 2 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 06/1733

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Violin Partita no 2 in D minor :: Chaconne
  • Performer: Conrad von der Goltz (Violin)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Mass in B minor :: Dona nobis pacem
  • Conductor: Masaaki Suzuki
  • Ensemble: Bach Collegium Japan
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1748-1749