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Johann Sebastian Bach - Bach Edition: Complete Works (160CD Box Set) (2001)

Classic, Discographies | Author: MusicBox | 5-05-2019, 15:10
Johann Sebastian Bach - Bach Edition: Complete Works (160CD Box Set) (2001)Artist: Johann Sebastian Bach
Title Of Album: Bach Edition: Complete Works
Year Of Release: 2001
Label (Catalog#): Brilliant Classics
Country: Germany
Genre: Classical, Baroque
Quality: FLAC (*tracks+.cue+.log,scans)
Bitrate: Lossless
Time: 160 CD
Full Size: 48,81 Gb


Brilliant Classics embarked on a daring project in the year 2000, the year of the 250th anniversary of Johann Sebastian Bach's death: this budget label decided to release a complete set of Bach's works. They were not the only label to do so - Teldec and Haenssler both did as well - but the Brilliant Classics set stands out for several reasons. First, they attempted (though did not fully succeed) to create a complete set entirely recorded on period instruments, using historically informed performances. As their web site states, "The new recordings follow scrupulously the newest developments and insights offered by the leading Early Music scholars as regards the performance practice of Baroque music in general and the music of Bach in particular." Well, not all the instruments are truly period instruments, and one cannot say the that performances are 100% historically informed, but this is not much of a problem, and there is no reason for this to be seen as essentially negative.
This set stands out for one very important reason: some 65% of the 160 CDs in this set were newly recorded (the remainder was licensed from other labels), including Bach's almost 200 sacred cantatas. The scale of this project is such that one could call it folly. Recording 200 cantatas - or about 60 hours of music - in 15 months is as mad as building a cathedral or digging a tunnel across the English Channel. In fact, one could think that any conductor who would be willing to attempt such a feat is simple crazy.
Not at all. In fact, if one thing stands out in this set, it is the 60 CDs of sacred cantatas, recorded in unique conditions, by a man who had never recorded any such quantity of music before.

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