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Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works (172 CD box set, APE)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Audio CD
Number of Discs: 172 CD boxset
Format: APE (image+cue)
Label: Hanssler Classics
Size: 50.2 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

A Major Accomplishment!

Here it is…every surviving work attributed to the extremely prolific J.S. Bach. I’ve lived with these recordings for over a year now and will likely spend the rest of my life (and beyond, God willing) getting joy and pleasure from them. For a project of this magnitude the quality is at a consistantly high level. Of course, Helmuth Rilling’s Cantatas and orchestral works have been getting high praise for some time now, and several of his other recordings (the Magnificat, the Motets, the B Minor Mass, and the Passions) get frequent mention on critical “Want Lists.” Other highlights include Robert Levin’s “Well Tempered Clavier” played on a multitude of keyboard instruments (organ, various harpsichords, clavichord, and forte-piano) making a rich aural treat from this sometimes austere music, eight volumes dedicated to hymns and chorales that are not connected to (existing) larger works which contain some of Bach’s most heart-felt music (imagine the “complete” Orgel-Buchlein, but with words) and some rarely heard but fasinating early harpsichord pieces played with style and flair by Robert Hill. My only complaint is that some of the organ recordings tend towards the slow and weighty side (and could sometimes use more timbral variety). But overall I love this set and I’m not sorry I put off getting the new car and vacation to purchase it!


49 thoughts on “Johann Sebastian Bach: The Complete Works (172 CD box set, APE)”

  1. crimsondragon67

    Hi Whatever.. another amazing post with this Bach complete works box set.. truly awesome work and i can’t thank you enough for all your hard work and posts of great music!. Sets like this would be beyond me financially so I cannot thank you enough for bringing this set to me and everyone else!!
    just superb!!
    a huge thank you yet again!!!! :)

  2. Thanks for the upload, it is however a bit difficult browsing which volume has which cd as there are 172 cd, over 140 volumes, but only 43 volumes mentioned here (which have have multiple volumes).

    Nonetheless thank you very much!