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Bach 2000: The Complete Bach Edition - Sampler
J.S. Bach's fascination with numbers has been taken over by the music world at large as--in alignment with the new millennium--it prepares to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, which occurred in Ju... more »
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J.S. Bach's fascination with numbers has been taken over by the music world at large as--in alignment with the new millennium--it prepares to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the composer's death, which occurred in July 1750. Though his passing marked the sunset of one of the most glorious eras in music, awareness of the value of Bach's enormous legacy has never been more widespread than in our own time. As evidence, just take the spectrum of recordings scheduled to honor the Bach anniversary. This sampler offers a glimpse of the most ambitious of them all: Teldec's Bach 2000 box set, a 153-CD mountain of music consisting of the composer's entire output of over 1,000 works. The majority of these recordings have been previously released over the last several decades in various guises, but for the first time they are being gathered into a unified edition. Its guiding spirit is Nikolaus Harnoncourt, one of the pioneers of the revolution in historical performance practice, and he is similarly represented in 8 of the sampler's 18 selections. Among the other artists to savor here--and at beguiling length in the full set--are Harnoncourt's early-music ally Gustav Leonhardt, eloquent violinist Thomas Zehetmair, Il Giardino Armonico, and organist Ton Koopman (in a majestically architectural account of the D Minor Toccata and Fugue). And even though at 77 minutes this is just 1/150th of the whole Bach, you don't need to do the math to be swept away in pleasure. --Thomas May
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Daniel Y. (coolascaliban) from CANTON, MI
Reviewed on 10/6/2007...
This is the sampler CD for the Bach 2000 Box Set produced by Teldec comprising 153 CDs. It serves as a great introduction to Bach, as well as period instruments and performances. To small to be a greatest hits disc, this does however touch on Bach's major musical forms, and the spirit of his work.
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Bach 2000 in a nutshell.
David Gottner | 09/27/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"For the price, this is worth the money just for a "Best of Bach" sampler CD (that's why I originally bought it.) and it sounds nice, and it's Bach. What is more to be said?However, as stated in the liner notes, the performances were created with the intention to sound the way scholers believe that they would have sounded in Bach's time. So, this means not only period instruments, but also these works sound much different that the Bach most of us are accustomed to hearing.Personally, I prefer the modern sound of bach over the hardcore baroque - the works here sound a bit more restrained than the Bach that many of us have come to know and love. I for one prefer the more modern Bach that artists such as Glenn Gould, Virgil Fox and others have presented to us.This is worth a listen, though, and if you are considering purchasing some or all of the Bach 2000 CDs, you definitely should sample this CD first to determine if the set is for you."
A nifty treasure of the world's greatest composer
Marguerite Vanburen | 10/12/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disc makes a perfect little package to intriduce your friends to the music of Bach. And for those who already know that Bach is the greatest composer in history, it's a neat homage to the artists who have spent their lives delving into his music and revealing its limitless richness. There's nothing stuffy here-just the joy of letting Bach's beauty speak for itself."