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4.5 out of 5 stars

VINE VOICETOP 1000 REVIEWERon 6 March 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.

This 14 CD set of Bach's chamber works include all those written for a small (chamber) orchestra and also those written for a single instrument.

Included in this set are:
Sonatas & partitas for solo violin
Cello suites
Flute sonatas
Lute works
Viola da Gamba sonatas
Musical Offering
Violin sonatas
Notebook for Anna Magdalena

The 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Edition' which was released in 2000 to commemorate the `International Bach Year' (250 years since his death) has been superseded by a new 2006 version which consists of the same recordings but reduced down onto 155 CDs in a slightly more compact box.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 22 October 2000
This has to be the biggest bargain ever, even among Brilliant's boxes. The Pinnock reissues alone justify this price. CDs No.5&6 contenders for the definitive recordings of these pieces.
CD1 : Violin Sonata 1 : Violin Partita 1 : Violin Sonata 2 : Mark Lubotsky - Violin : CD2 : Violin Partita 2 : Violin Sonata 3 : Violin Partita 3 : Mark Lubotsky - Violin : CD3 : Cello Suites 1,3,5 : Robert Cohen - Cello : CD4 : Cello Suites 2,4,6 : Robert Cohen - Cello : CD5 : Flute Sonatas BWV 1030-1032 : Stephen Preston - Flute : Trevor Pinnock - Harpsichord : CD6 : Flute Sonatas BWV 1033-1035 : Flute Partita BWV 1013 : Stephen Preston - Flute : Trevor Pinnock - Harpsichord : Jordi Savall - Viola de Gamba : CD7 : Lute Works BWV 998-1000 : Jacob Lindberg - Lute : CD8 : Lute Works BWV 995-997 : Jacob Lindberg - Lute : CD9 : Viola da Gamba Sonatas : John Dorenburg - Viola da Gamba : Malcolm Proud - Harpsichord : CD10 : A Musical Offering BWV 1079 Canons : Netherlands Bach Ensemble : CD11 : Violin Sonatas BWV 1014-1016 : Luis Ottavio Santos - Violin : Pieter Jan Belder - Harpsichord : Violin Sonatas BWV 1017-1019 : Luis Otavio Santos - Violin : Pieter Jan Belder - Harpsichord : CD13 : Notenbuchlein fur Anna Magdalena Bach : Johanette Zommer - Soprano : Pieter Jan Belder - Harpsichord : CD14 : Violin Sonatas BWV 1021-1023 : Trio Sonatas BWV 1038-1039 : Monica Huggett - Violin : Sarah Cunningham - Viola da Gamba : Mitzi Meyerson - Harpsichord :
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