JS Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach (* 21. Märzjul./ 31. März 1685greg. in Eisenach; † 28. Juli 1750 in Leipzig) war ein deutscher Komponist, Kantor sowie Orgel- und Cembalovirtuose des Barock. In seiner Hauptschaffensperiode war er Thomaskantor zu Leipzig. Er ist der prominenteste Vertreter der Musikerfamilie Bach und gilt heute als einer der bekanntesten und bedeutendsten Musiker überhaupt. Insbesondere von Berufsmusikern wird er oft als der größte Komponist der Musikgeschichte angesehen. Seine Werke beeinflussten nachfolgende Komponistengenerationen und inspirierten Musikschaffende zu zahllosen Bearbeitungen.

Zuzana Ruzickova, 1965: Harpsichord Concerto in G major, BWV 973 (After Vivaldi) - 1

Thirty-eight year old Zuzana Ruzickova (1927) performs the first movement of JS Bach's Harpsichord Concerto in G major, BWV 973 (After Antonio Vivaldi). This recording was made February 15-17, 1965 at Église Notre-Dame du Liban, Paris. I created this music video from the LP shown above, issued in 1966 on the Musical Heritage Society label, serial number MHS 696. The Library of Congress online catalog entry for this LP can be reviewed here: http://lccn.loc.gov/r66002709

George Malcolm, 1967: Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065 - Complete

In this 1967 recording, George Malcolm, Valda Aveling, Geoffrey Parsons and Simon Preston perform Bach's Concerto in A minor for Four Harpsichords, BWV 1065 (arranged from the Vivaldi Concerto in B minor for four violins, Op 3, No. 10). Raymond Leppard leads the English Chamber Orchestra. I created this music video from the LP depicted above, issued in 1975 on the London "Treasury Series" label, serial number STS 15075.

Swabian Choral Society, 1951: Cantata No. 185 - Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe

In this 1951 recording, the Swabian Choral Society and the Bach Orchestra of Stuttgart - under the direction of Hans Grischkat (1903-1977, founder of the Swabian Choral Society) - perform the first movement (soprano and tenor duet) of Bach's Cantata No. 185, Barmherziges Herze der ewigen Liebe. I created this video from the LP shown above, issued on the Renaissance label, serial number X36.

Hans Kalafusz, 1974: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 - Movement 2

In this 1974 recording, Hans Kalafusz performs the second movement (Adagio) of Bach's E major violin concerto, BWV 1042. Kalafusz is joined by the South German Chamber Symphony of Stuttgart (also known as the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester or the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1945 by Karl Münchinger).

Hans Kalafusz, 1974: Violin Concerto in E major, BWV 1042 - Movement 1

In this 1974 recording, Hans Kalafusz performs the second movement (Adagio) of Bach's E major violin concerto, BWV 1042. Kalafusz is joined by the South German Chamber Symphony of Stuttgart (also known as the Stuttgarter Kammerorchester or the Stuttgart Chamber Orchestra, founded in 1945 by Karl Münchinger).

David and Igor Oistrakh, 1957: Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 - Vivace - R. Barshai

In this 1957 recording, David and Igor Oistrakh perform the first movement of Bach's violin concerto in D minor, BWV 1043. Rudolf Barshai conducts the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. I created this music video from the LP shown above, issued in 1962 on the Monitor "Collectors Series" label, serial number MC 2009.

David and Igor Oistrakh, 1957: Violin Concerto in D minor, BWV 1043 - Allegro - R. Barshai

In this 1957 recording, David and Igor Oistrakh perform the third movement of Bach's violin concerto in D minor, BWV 1043. Rudolf Barshai conducts the Moscow Chamber Orchestra. I created this music video from the LP shown above, issued in 1962 on the Monitor "Collectors Series" label, serial number MC 2009.

Kempff / Dinu Lipatti, 1950: Siciliana (From Flute Sonata No. 2 in E flat)

Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) is soloist in this recording, released in the US on the Columbia label in 1953, of the Siciliana by Bach, as transcribed by Wilhelm Kempff (1895-1991). I created this music video from the LP shown above, serial number ML 4633.

Busoni / Dinu Lipatti, 1950: Nun komm der heiden Heiland (After BWV 659)

Dinu Lipatti (1917-1950) is soloist in this recording, released in the US on the Columbia label in 1953, of "Nun komm der heiden Heiland," after Bach's BWV 659, and as transcribed for piano by Ferruccio Busoni (1866-1924)

Gounod / Galina Oleinichenko: Ave Maria - Bolshoi Theater Violinists Ensemble

In this 1971 recording, Russian soprano Galina Oleinichenko sings the Bach/Gounod arrangement of Ave Maria. From the LP, "Bolshoi Theater Violinists Ensemble," issued on the Melodiya label, serial number С10 02805-6.

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