The 50 Most Essential Bach Masterpieces

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1 The Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1, BWV 846: I. Prelude and Fugue in C Major-Christiane Jaccottet
2 Toccata and Fugue in D Minor for Organ, BWV 565-Klemens Schnorr
3 Suite No. 3 in D Major for Orchestra, BWV 1068: II. Air-Ama Deus Ensemble
4 Concerto in D Minor for 2 Violins, Strings and B.C, BWV 1043: I. Vivace-Joseph Brezina, Feliz Elias, Camerata Rhenania and Eugen Duvier
5 Aria and 30 Variations, BWV 988, "Goldberg Variations": I. Aria-Christiane Jaccottet
6 Suite No. 2 in B Minor for Orchestra, BWV 1067: VII. Badinerie-Klaus Pohlers, Mainz Chamber Orchestra and Günter Kehr
7 Cantata, BWV 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben": Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring)-Ama Deus Ensemble
8 Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048: I. Allegro-Vienna Radio Symphony Orchestra and Karel Brazda
9 Choral Prelude in E-Flat Major, BWV 645, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme"-Jurgis Grinkiavichius
10 Concerto No. 5 in F Minor for Harpsichord and Orchestra, BWV 1056: II. Arioso: Largo-Christiane Jaccottet, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and Günter Kehr
11 Cantata BWV 208, "Was mir behagt, ist nur die muntre Jagd!": IX. Schäfe können sicher weiden (Sheep may safely graze)-Musica Antiqua New York
12 Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major for Harpsichord, BWV 825: I. Prelude-Christiane Jaccottet
13 Suite No. 1 in C Major for Orchestra, BWV 1066: Overture-Slovak Chamber Orchestra
14 Sonata in E-Flat Major for Flute and Harpsichord, BWV 1031: II. Siciliano-Moravian Trio
15 Concerto No. 1 in C Minor for Two Harpsichords and Orchestra, BWV 1060: II. Adagio-Christiane Jaccottet, Christine Sartoretti, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and Jörg Faerber
16 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: Sinfonia in G Major, "And There Where Shepherds"-Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
17 Passacaglia and Fugue in C Minor, BWV 582-Walter Kraft
18 Brandenburg Concerto No. 6 in B-Flat Major, BWV 1051: I. Allegro-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
19 Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV 1007: I. Prelude-Victor Yoran
20 Concerto No. 1 in A Minor for Violin and Strings, BWV 1041: I. Allegro-Emmy Verhey, Camerata Antonio Lucio and Alun Francis
21 Magnificat, BWV 243: I. Magnificat-Ama Deus Ensemble
22 Fugue in G Minor, BWV 578, "Little Fugue"-Walter Kraft
23 Prelude in C Minor, BWV 999-Andrés Segovia
24 Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G Major, BWV 1049: I. Allegro-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
25 Partita No. 3 in E Major for Solo Violin, BWV 1006: I. Preludio-Aaron Rosand
26 St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244: Ich will Dir mein Herze schenken-Vienna Academy Chorus and Vienna Chamber Orchestra
27 Eight Short Preludes and Fugues: I. Prelude and Fugue in C Major, BWV 553-Jurgis Grinkiavichius
28 Concerto No. 2 in E Major for Violin and Strings, BWV 1042: I. Allegro-Emmy Verhey, Camerata Antonio Lucio and Alun Francis
29 Concerto in D Minor for Harpsichord and Orchestra, BWV 1052: I. Allegro-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
30 Prelude and Fugue in A Minor, BWV 543-Otto Winter
31 Easter Oratorio, BWV 249: I. Sinfonia in D Major-Vienna Pro Musica Orchestra and Ferdinand Grossmann
32 Sonata in C Major for Flute and Guitar, BWV 1033: II. Allegro-Elisabeth Riessbeck and Klaus Gäckle
33 Cantata, BWV 202, "Wedding Cantata": Weichet nur, betrübte Schatten-Musica Antiqua New York
34 English Suite No. 1 in A Major, BWV 806: I. Prelude-Christiane Jaccottet
35 Christmas Oratorio, BWV 248: XL. Ich will nur Dir - XLI. Jesus richte mein Beginnen-Vienna Symphony Orchestra
36 French Suite No. 4 in E-Flat Major, BWV 815: I. Allemande-Christiane Jaccottet
37 Concerto in A Minor for Harpsichord, Flute, Violin and Orchestra, BWV 1044: II. Adagio ma non tanto e dolce-Christiane Jaccottet, Günther Höller, Georg Egger, Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn and Jörg Faerber
38 Fugue for Solo Guitar in G Minor, BWV 1000-Klaus Jäckle
39 Overture in the French Style (Partita in B Minor), BWV 831: I. Overture (attacca)-Christiane Jaccottet
40 Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050: I. Allegro-Wurttemberg Chamber Orchestra Heilbronn
41 Chorale for Organ, BWV 650: "Kommst du nun, Jesu von himmel her unter"-Armand Belien
42 The Musical Offering, BWV 1079, "Musikalisches Opfer": Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale (Largo - Allegro - Andante - Allegro)-Munich Instrumental Ensemble
43 Cello Suite No. 5 in C Minor, BWV 1011: IV. Sarabande-Victor Yoran
44 Motet No. 3 in E Minor, BWV 227, "Jesu, meine Freude": VI. Ihr aber seid nicht fleischlich-Pforzheim Bach Orchestra
45 Suite in C Minor for Solo Lute, BWV 997 (Transcribed for Guitar): I. Preludio-Manuel Barrueco
46 Magnificat, BWV 243: II. Ex exsultavit-Ama Deus Ensemble
47 Concerto in D Minor for 2 Violins, Strings and B.C, BWV 1043: II. Largo ma non tanto-Joseph Brezina, Feliz Elias, Camerata Rhenania and Eugen Duvier
48 Fantasia and Fugue in G Minor, BWV 542, "The Great"-Otto Winter
49 Mass in B Minor, BWV 232: Dona nobis pacem-Atlanta Symphony Orchestra
50 Partita No. 2 in D Minor for Solo Violin, BWV 1004: Chaconne-Conrad von der Goltz