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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 24 February 2008
This set is one in a series of 23 separate boxes which collectively provide the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach on 160 CDs.

Bach's entire 200 sacred cantatas, which were recorded especially for this set by the Holland Boys Choir, occupy a total of 60 CDs on twelve volumes and represent the first time these works have been performed and recorded in their entirety as a single collection.

The 5 CDs are supplied in a compact box with liner notes showing performers, recording dates, recording venues and background information on the music.

The set is generally offered at a mid-price making it a good value for money collection of Bach's music. However, Bach's complete works (which include this set of recordings) are available in one big box, the `Bach Edition' which is a more cost effective way of buying the individual 23 box sets in this series.

Note: The original 160 CD set `Bach Edition' which was released in 2000 to commemorate the `International Bach Year' (250 years since his death) has been superseded by a new 2006 version which consists of the same recordings but reduced down onto 155 CDs in a slightly more compact box.

In summary, whichever version is chosen, this is great music at an affordable price.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 26 February 2008
This set is one in a series of 23 separate boxes which collectively provide the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach on 160 CDs.

Bach's entire 200 sacred cantatas, which were recorded especially for this set by the Holland Boys Choir, occupy a total of 60 CDs on twelve volumes and represent the first time these works have been performed and recorded in their entirety as a single collection.

The 5 CDs are supplied in a compact box with liner notes showing performers, recording dates, recording venues and background information on the music.

The set is generally offered at a mid-price making it a good value for money collection of Bach's music. However, Bach's complete works (which include this set of recordings) are available in one big box, the `Bach Edition' which is a more cost effective way of buying the individual 23 box sets in this series.

Note: The original 160 CD set `Bach Edition' which was released in 2000 to commemorate the `International Bach Year' (250 years since his death) has been superseded by a new 2006 version which consists of the same recordings but reduced down onto 155 CDs in a slightly more compact box.

In summary, whichever version is chosen, this is great music at an affordable price.
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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 29 February 2008
This set is one in a series of 23 separate boxes which collectively provide the complete works of Johann Sebastian Bach on 160 CDs.

Bach's entire 200 sacred cantatas, which were recorded especially for this set by the Holland Boys Choir, occupy a total of 60 CDs on twelve volumes and represent the first time these works have been performed and recorded in their entirety as a single collection.

The 5 CDs are supplied in a compact box with liner notes showing performers, recording dates, recording venues and background information on the music.

The set is generally offered at a mid-price making it a good value for money collection of Bach's music. However, Bach's complete works (which include this set of recordings) are available in one big box, the `Bach Edition' which is a more cost effective way of buying the individual 23 box sets in this series.

Note: The original 160 CD set `Bach Edition' which was released in 2000 to commemorate the `International Bach Year' (250 years since his death) has been superseded by a new 2006 version which consists of the same recordings but reduced down onto 155 CDs in a slightly more compact box.

In summary, whichever version is chosen, this is great music at an affordable price.
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on 15 July 2000
You have to wonder why Gramophone or BBC Music haven't reviewed this new "authentic" (as opposed to Rilling on modern instruments) Bach Cantata project by Leusink. Perhaps they are put off by the bargain price? They shouldn't be.
Having listened carefully to Leusink's performances and compared them with Harnoncourt (boy sopranos and altos) and Herreweghe and Gardiner (female sopranos and altos) Leusink does not sound particularly "bargain basement". In fact in some cases his young Dutch soloists and orchestra sound a lot better than Harnoncourt's.
Another surprise: Brilliant have included short English notes and complete German sung texts with each CD. Given that there are nearly 200 of these cantatas - all with some of Bach's genius - the choice between 5CDs of Leusink and 1CD of any of the big name conductors comes down in favour of the Dutch.
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on 22 October 2000
CD1-6 : The Well Tempered Clavier- 48 Preludes and Fugues : Leon Berber - Harpsichord : 6 Partitas BWV 825-830 : Pieter Jan Belder : CD7-9 : Keyboard Works 1700-1710 : Sonatas, Fugues, Suites, Fantasies, Overtures and Capriccios : Christiane Wuyts - Harpsichord : CD10-11 : Goldberg Variations BWV 988 : Italian Concerto BWV 971 : French Overture BWV 831 : Chromatic Fantasy and Fugue BWV 903 : Pieter Jan Belder - Harpsichord :
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