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Johann Sebastian Bach’s stature as a composer of extraordinary talent and widespread influence is firmly and unquestionably established in our Western culture. Bringing together all of his works, this dynamic 142-CD set offers a resounding impression of this great man’s spirit, presenting dynamic performances – many period-based, many acclaimed by the international press – divided according to genre, thus making for a highly user-friendly compendium. Drawing on all periods of his career, it traces the development of a style that was much influenced by contemporary and past fashions but which was Bach always adapted to his own purpose, often far surpassing the models on which he drew. Bach was a master of all genres, whether sacred, secular, instrumental or vocal, and his oeuvre is a rich mixture of severe Baroque craftsmanship and expressive Romanticism. Thomas Zehetmair, Kristóf Baráti, the Gewandhausorchester Leipzig, René Jacobs, Peter Schreier and Lucia Popp are just some of the first-class performers and ensembles gracing this unmatched set. The booklet contains consummate notes on Bach as well as his works.

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