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25.11.15

The Real Top 10 Bach Recordings

Addendum to the Forbes Article




To accompany the Gramophone-inspired bit over on Forbes.com about the ‘Real’ Top 10 Bach Recordings (as opposed to those picked by Gramophone, which I am calling out for a touch of pro-Anglo bias), here the discography of my top choices and mentioned and praised alternatives. The Gramophone choices 3, 6, and 9 seem particularly biased/off. 1, 2, 5, 8, 10 could have been ionarts choices, as well. About the Goldberg Variations, ionarts has a long track record of reviewing and discussing, which can be delved into via this link. Wherever CDT’s choices differ from mine, they are indicated, although true in-house dissent among us is extremely rare.





No.1

Orchestral Suites

Gramophone’s Choice: Ensemble Sonnerie / Monica Huggett (English, Avie)
My Choice: Concerto Köln (German, Berlin Classics)
Alternative: Academy for Ancient Music Berlin (German, Harmonia Mundi), English Baroque Soloists, John Eliot Gardiner (English, Erato)
Charles’ Choice: Freiburg Baroque Orchestra 2011 (German, Harmonia Mundi)



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J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites
M.Huggett / Ensemble Sonnerie
Avie


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J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites
Concerto Köln
Berlin Classics


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J.S. Bach, Orchestral Suites
Akademie für Alte Musik
Harmonia Mundi




No.2

Brandenburg Concertos

Gramophone’s Choice: European Brandenburg Ensemble / Trevor Pinnock (English, Avie)
My Choice: Academy of Ancient Music / Richard Egarr (English, Harmonia Mundi)
Alternative: Jacques Loussier (French, Telarc)
Charles’ Choice: Academy of Ancient Music, Hogwood (English, L'Oiseau-Lyre/Decca)


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J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
T.Pinnock / European Brandenburg Ensemble
Avie


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J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
R.Egarr / Academy of Ancient Music
Harmonia Mundi

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J.S. Bach, Brandenburg Concertos
J.Loussier

Telarc




No.3

Violin Concertos

Gramophone’s Choice: Daniel Hope (English) / Chamber Orchestra of Europe (Warner)
My Choice: Petra Müllejans, Gottfried von der Goltz / Freiburg Baroque Orchestra (German, Harmonia Mundi)
Alternative: Amandine Beyer / Gli Incogniti (French, Zig Zag)
[Intra-ionarts concurment]



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J.S. Bach, Violin Concertos
D.Hope
Warner


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J.S. Bach, Violin Concertos
P.Müllejans / Freiburg BO
Harmonia Mundi


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J.S. Bach, Violin Concertos
A.Beyer / Gli Incogniti
Zig Zag




No.4

Goldberg Variations

Gramophone’s Choice: Glenn Gould II (Canadian, Sony)
My Choice: Duo Tal and Groethuysen [Ed. Rheinberger / Reger] (Israeli-German, Sony)
Alternatives: Tzimon Barto [Ed. Busoni-Barto] (American, Capriccio), Zhu Xiao-Mei (Chinese-French, Mirare), Pierre Hantaï II (French, Mirare)
Charles’ Choice: Christophe Rousset (French, Decca), Murray Perahia (American, Sony) or Gould I (Canadian, Sony).



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J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations
G.Gould
Sony


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J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations
Tal & Groethuysen
Sony


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J.S. Bach, Goldberg Variations
T.Barto
Capriccio




No.5

Partitas

Gramophone’s Choice: Trevor Pinnock (English, Hänssler)
My Choice: Andás Schiff (Hungarian, ECM)
Alternatives: Masaaki Suzuki (Japanese, BIS), Zhu Xiao-Mei (Chinese-French, Mirare), Peter Watchorn (Australian, Musica Omnia)
Charles’ Choice: Angela Hewitt (Canadian, Hyperion), Christophe Rousset (French, Decca)



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J.S. Bach, Partitas
T.Pinnock
Hänssler


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J.S. Bach, Partitas
A.Schiff II
ECM


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J.S. Bach, Partitas
Masaaki Suuki
BIS




No.6

The Cello Suites

Gramophone’s Choice: Steven Isserlis (English, Hyperion)
My Choice: Jean-Guihen Queyras (French, Harmonia Mundi)
Alternatives: Gavriel Lipkind (Israeli-German, Edel / Lipkind Productions), Arnau Tomàs (Spanish, Aglae), Peter Wispelwey II (Dutch, Channel)
Charles’ Choice: Intra-ionarts concurment / HIP: Bruno Cocset (French, Alpha)



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J.S. Bach, Cello Suites
S.Isserlis
Hyperion


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J.S. Bach, Cello Suites
J.G.Queyras
Harmonia Mundi


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J.S. Bach, Cello Suites
A.Tomàs
Aglae




No.7

Well Tempered Clavier

Gramophone’s Choice: Angela Hewitt II (Canadian, Hyperion)
My Choice: Xhu Xiao-Mei (Chinese-French, Mirare)
Alternatives: Friedrich Gulda (Austrian, Decca / MPS), Tatyana Nikolayeva (Russian, Victor-Japan), Richard Egarr (English, Harmonia Mundi)
Charles’ Choice: Angela Hewitt II (Canadian, Hyperion), Glenn Gould (Canadian, Sony), Christophe Rousset (Book II, French, Aparte)



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J.S. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier
A.Hewitt
Hyperion


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J.S. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier
Xhu Xiao-Mei
Mirare


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J.S. Bach, Well Tempered Clavier
F.Gulda
MPS/Berlin Classics, formerly Philips




No.8

Solo Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Gramophone’s Choice: Rachel Podger (English, Channel Classics)
My Choice: Viktoria Mullova (Russian, Onyx)
Alternative: Nathan Milstein (Russian, DG)
[Intra-ionarts concurment]



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J.S. Bach, Sonatas & Partitas
R.Podger
Channel


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J.S. Bach, Sonatas & Partitas
V.Mullova
Onyx


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J.S. Bach, Sonatas & Partitas
N.Milstein
DG




No.9

Mass in B minor

Gramophone’s Choice: Dunedin Consort and Players / John Butt (English, Linn)
My Choice: Netherlands Bach Society / Jos van Veldhoven (Dutch, Channel Classics)
Alternative: Les musiciens du Louvre / Marc Minkowski (French, naïve)
Charles’ Choice: Collegium Vocale / Philippe Herreweghe (Belgian, Harmonia Mundi), Bach Collegium Japan, Masaaki Suzuki (Japanese, BIS)



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J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor
J.Butt / Dunedin Consort

Linn

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J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor
J.v.Veldhoven / Nederlandse Bachvereniging
Channel

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J.S. Bach, Mass in B Minor
M.Minkowski / Les musiciens du Louvre
Naïve




No.10

St. Matthew Passion

Gramophone’s Choice: Concentus Musicus, Arnold Schoenberg Choir / Nikolaus Harnoncourt (Austrian, Teldec/Warner)
My Choice: Klangverwaltung Orchester / Enoch zu Guttenberg (German, Farao)
Alternatives: Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin / René Jacobs (Flemish, Harmonia Mundi)
Charles’ Choice: Gabrieli Consort & Players / Paul McCreesh (English, Archiv)



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J.S. Bach, St.Matthew Passion
N.Harnoncourt / Concentus Musicus
Prégardien, Goerne, Schäfer, Röschmann, Fink et al.
Warner

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J.S. Bach, St.Matthew Passion
E.zu Guttenberg / Klangverwaltung

Ullmann, Mertens, Korondi, Vondung, Güra et al.
Farao

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J.S. Bach, St.Matthew Passion
R.Jacobs / AKAMUS

Güra, Weisser, Fink, Im, Lehtipuu, Wolff et al.
Harmonia Mundi






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