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Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach

Considered by many to be the supreme composer of the Baroque style, and regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.



Bach Reimagines Bach
Bach Reimagines Bach
William Carter's exemplary musicianship is showcased to its fullest on this new recording of Bach. 

CKD 445

J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Digital Deluxe Version)
J.S. Bach: Christmas Oratorio (Digital Deluxe Version)
Another seasonal favourite by the multi award-winning Dunedin Consort. 

CKD 499D  

J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
J.S. Bach: Violin Concertos
Dunedin Consort's formidable reputation for performing Bach is set to scale new heights. 

CKD 519  

J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas, BWV 1001-1006
Phantasm's Markku Luolajan-Mikkola makes his solo Linn debut in style. 

CKD 548  

J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (Digital Deluxe Version)
J.S. Bach: Magnificat & Christmas Cantata (Digital Deluxe Version)
Bach's Magnificat heard for the first time within its original liturgical context. 

CKD 469D  

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin & harpsichord
John Butt and Lucy Russell deliver a personal and historically informed performance. 

CKD 433  

J.S. Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier
J.S. Bach: Das wohltemperierte Klavier
Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt performs J.S. Bach's famous Well-Tempered Clavier 

CKD 463  

Fantasien
Fantasien
A showcase of the modern concert harp demonstrating its powerful expression and dynamic range. 

CKD 441  

J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos
The award-winning Dunedin Consort's first instrumental release. 

CKD 430  

A Bach Notebook for Trumpet
A Bach Notebook for Trumpet
A celebration of the music of the famous Johann Sebastian and ten other lesser-known Bachs. 

CKD 418  

J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
J.S. Bach: John Passion, Reconstruction of Bach's Passion Liturgy
John Passion premiered in its original liturgical context; named Gramophone 'Recording of the Month' 

CKD 419  

J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
J.S. Bach: Harpsichord Concertos
Matthew Halls directs Retrospect Ensemble in this fascinating recording of Harpsichord Concertos. 

CKD 410  

J.S. Bach: Cello Suites
J.S. Bach: Cello Suites
The debut solo recording from acclaimed cellist Richard Tunnicliffe. 

CKD 396  

Toccata and Fugue in A minor, after Bach BWV 565
Toccata and Fugue in A minor, after Bach BWV 565
An exclusive digital-only track from Ukranian/Irish violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk. 

CKD 490  

J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
J.S. Bach: Easter and Ascension Oratorios
A spectacular performance of Bach's choral music led by Matthew Halls. 

BKD 373  

J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin
Bach’s famous Solo Sonatas and Partitas played on Baroque Violin. 

BKD 366  

J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor - Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by J. Rifkin (2006)
J.S. Bach: Mass in B minor - Breitkopf & Härtel Edition, edited by J. Rifkin (2006)
The premiere recording of the Rifkin edition of Bach's spectacular choral work. 

CKD 354  

J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
J.S. Bach: Goldberg Variations
Bach's popular works performed by Retrospect Ensemble's Artistic Director, Matthew Halls. 

CKD 356  

J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion (Final performing version, c. 1742)
J.S. Bach: Matthew Passion (Final performing version, c. 1742)
The award-winning Dunedin Consort give a remarkable performance of the emotive Matthew Passion 

CKD 313  

Bach Sonatas and Chorales
Bach Sonatas and Chorales
The charismatic Palladians return with their tenth album for Linn Records. 

CKD 275  

J.S. Bach: Alto Arias
J.S. Bach: Alto Arias
Some of Bach's most beautiful arias performed by Catherine King and the Norwegian Baroque Orchestra. 

BKD 158  

J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites and Harpsichord Concerto
J.S. Bach: Orchestral Suites and Harpsichord Concerto
A crisp performance of a selection of Bach's orchestral music by the inimitable NBO. 

CKD 181  

Bach On The Lute Volume 4
Bach On The Lute Volume 4
The final album in the triumphant and critically acclaimed Bach series from leading lutenist North. 

CKD 055  

Bach On The Lute Volume 3
Bach On The Lute Volume 3
Bach's lute music has never sounded better. Includes the Suites in C major, A minor and B Flat Major 

CKD 049  

Bach Trio Sonatas
Bach Trio Sonatas
A joyful celebration of Bach's finest Trio Sonatas played to perfection by Palladians. 

CKD 036  

Bach On The Lute Volume 2
Bach On The Lute Volume 2
The second volume of North's outstanding ''Bach on the Lute'' series including sonatas and partitas 

CKD 029  

Bach On The Lute Volume 1
Bach On The Lute Volume 1
The first in a series of four must-have recordings exploring the lute music of J.S. Bach. 

CKD 013  

Albinoni & Pachelbel
Albinoni & Pachelbel
An eniticing selection of works by Bach, Pachelbel, Vivaldi and Corelli's lovely Christmas Concerto. 

CKD 012  

Baroque Lute
Baroque Lute
North's well-received debut album for Linn, exploring the best lute music of the Baroque period. 

BKD 006  

Live: Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Bartok and Elgar
Live: Mozart, Vivaldi, Bach, Bartok and Elgar
Recorded live in the City Halls, Glasgow as part of 'Mayfest' Arts Festival, 1990. 

CKD 001  

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) was a composer and virtuoso organist. His sacred music, organ and choral works, and other instrumental music had an enthusiasm and seeming freedom that concealed immense rigor. Bach’s use of counterpoint was brilliant and innovative, and the immense complexities of his compositional style — which often included religious and numerological symbols that seem to fit perfectly together in a profound puzzle of special codes — still amaze musicians today. Many experts of classical music from the middle of the 20th century on consider him as the greatest music composer of all time.

Revered for their intellectual depth, technical command and artistic beauty, Bach's works include the Brandenburg concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Partitas, The Well-Tempered Clavier, the Mass in B Minor, the St Matthew Passion, the St John Passion, the Magnificat, The Musical Offering, The Art of Fugue, the English and French Suites, the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, the Cello Suites, more than 200 surviving cantatas, and a similar number of organ works, including the celebrated Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor.

Audio
4 Stars
AUDIOphile Pearls: „Entfaltet der anerkannte Bach-Dirigent Transparenz, Drive und große Textverständlichkeit. Musikalisch ist Butts federnder, tänzerischer Ansatz fraglos reizvoll.''
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Image Hi-Fi
,,Der Chor und die Solisten singen ebenso lebendig wie schnörkellos. Komplettiert wird der Hörgenuss durch die Klangqualität - sondern einfach nur anrührend und mitreißend.''
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The Sunday Times
'This is a beautifully crafted performance...There's an easy flow to the tempos and the glowing singing of the arias is matched by deeply impressive instrumental obbligatos.'
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The Observer
Best classical Christmas releases 2016: 'Dunedin Consort's first-rate Christmas Oratorio, already released to rapturous reviews and in a class all its own.'


The Arts Desk
The Year's Best Seasonal Releases: 'The Dunedin Consort's playing is full of character...exceptionally good, and beautifully presented.'
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The Bloomington Herald
'Features Butt's stunning Dunedin Consort and a delicious-to-hear set of soloists...the cantatas are performed with welcome energy, clarity and attention to period detail.'
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Financial Times
4 Stars
'John Butt and his Dunedin Consort's performance gives the composer's Christmas fare a seasonal sparkle.'
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NDR
CD der Woche: "Mit Pauken und Trompeten begrüßt Johann Sebastian Bach die Geburt des Christkindes. Die neue Aufnahme verbindet diesen festlichen Glanz mit tänzerischem Schwung und Präzision. Der Dirigent John Butt versprüht die Freudenfunken mit einer kleinen Orchesterbesetzung. Butt begreift das Stück als erweiterte Kammermusik, der Klang bleibt immer durchsichtig und klar. / CD of the Week: 'Johann Sebastian Bach welcomes the birth of the Christ Child with timpani and trumpets. The new recording combines this festive glow with dancing swing and precision. Butt comprehends the piece as an extended chamber music, the sound always remains transparent and clear.'
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High Res Mac
"Frohes Fest"
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MusicWeb International
'John Butt and his team have once again opened my ears to a fresh crystal-clear interpretation of Bach...Were it not too late, this would have been one of my Recordings of the Year.'
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Full House
5 Stars
'Skal der et ordentligt skud kvalitetsunderholdning til juledagene under træet, er skotske Dunedin Consorts fantastiske udgave af Bachs 'Juleoratorium' det bedste bud.' / 'For some quality holiday entertainment for under the tree, Dunedin Consort's fantastic edition of Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' is the best bet.'
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The New Yorker
Notable Performances and Recordings of 2016


Berliner Zeitung
Die Alben zum Weihnachtsfest: „Die Klangqualität des „Christmas Oratorio" mit dem schottischen Dunedin Consort verführt mehr als zwei Stunden lang den Hörer zum genussvollen Lauschen - und das nicht nur zur Weihnachtszeit." / The Albums for Christmas: 'The sound quality of the "Christmas Oratorio" with the Scottish Dunedin Consort seduces the listener for more than two hours to enjoy listening - and not just at Christmas time.'
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Concerto
Oratorio: „Das ergibt insgesamt einen entspannten, bassbetonten und doch transparenten Ensembleklang mit einem ungewohnt strahlenden Hör­nerklang...Alle singen und spielen mit großer Ausstrahlung... etwa die liebevoll vokal-in­strumental aufgefächerte Rhetorik in den Chören der Engel, Hirten und Weisen.'' / Magnificat: „Überhaupt präsentiert sich die Aufnahme in einem warmen, abgerundeten Klangbild''
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Limelight Magazine
The Limelight Magazine Christmas Gift Guide: Pick for Christmas morning
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
Eight Christmas CDs for the 2016 Holidays: 'John Butt has rendered a sparkling and energetic performance of this work.'
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Kölner Stadt-Anzeiger
„Insgesamt ist die Produktion hochprofessionell..."
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De Standaard
5 Stars
„Een plaat die onder de kerstboom moet.” / 'A disc which needs to be placed under the Christmas tree.'
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BBC Radio 3 'Record Review'
'It's exciting. It's a real authentic sound. Joanne Lunn is a standout soprano. She's precise and she's warm and she makes the Echo Aria in the Fourth Cantata work...Her colleague Matthew Brook (bass), has exactly the weight and graininess for the rollicking trumpet aria in the First Cantata. It's been well and intelligently recorded.'
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MusicWeb International
Recording of the Month: 'This Christmas Oratorio is another mightily successful feather in [Butt's] cap. His small but perfectly formed team of experts, make a crack team when it comes to this music...there is a tremendous sense of excitement in this performance. A marvellous seasonal gift.'
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Vårt Land
5 Stars
KLASSIKER: «Ingen jul uten Johann Sebastian Bachs Juleoratorium».
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KMT
”Helt naturligt blev den nyligen släppta friskt glänsande inspelningen...strålande solistprestationer som i Juloratoriet i en ljuvlig återgivning av Juldagens.”
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
'John Butt's spruced up Christmas Oratorio has the same sense of freshness as previous releases...'
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Gramophone
'Common to all Butt's Bach is an irresistible brightness and freshness, a clarity that fascinates the ear with internal detail, and a glowing sound...this latest gift from the Dunedin Consort is one to go under the tree.'
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InfoDad
4 Stars
'This [recording] is transcendent, in the sense that it encapsulates the meaning of Christmas...there are ample reasons to turn again and again [to it] for enjoyment inextricably woven with enlightenment.'
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Early Music Today
4 Stars
'The cycle gets off to a splendid start, with the opening chorus introduced by thrillingly incisive timpani and the trumpets sequentially tumbling over themselves with excitement. In the central section luminous, madrigalian textures remind us just why one-voice-per-part seems so inevitably right for this music.'
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Crescendo
,,Ein richtiger Musikliebhaber wird den Advent nicht ohne eine gute Prise Weihnachtsoratorium begehen wollen. Unter den diesjährigen Neueinspielungen lohnt sich beispielsweise die des Dunedin Consorts.''
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Schreibwolff
,,erschienen zeigt es dem Hörer eine äußerst transparent musizierte Version der Bachschen Festmusik''


Early Music Review
5 Stars
'John Butt's Christmas Oratorio with the Dunedins is splendid, from the crisp and perfectly tuned opening timpani strokes onward, and I hope it will sweep all before it as this Christmas' "must-have" for all EMR readers.'
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El arte de la fuga
« Si le apetece disfrutar esta música maravillosa con postulados minimalistas de primerísima calidad, ésta es su opción. No defraudará a nadie cualesquiera que sean sus gustos o manías interpretativas. »
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Rondo
,,...schöner Momente beglückend ausgelassenen Musizierens...'' / 'some beautiful moments of gleefully exuberant music'


MusicWeb International
'You'll find much to admire and enjoy in this excellent performance. Cantata One gets off to a splendid start, the trio of trumpets sparkling. In Cantata Four, the instruments make a super contribution to the opening chorus and since the singing of the quartet is excellent, this movement is a highlight of the whole set. The Linn sound is excellent.'
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Andrew Benson-Wilson
'With a distinguished group of period instrumentalists, and some outstanding vocal soloists, this is one of the most impressive interpretations I have heard. The singing is superb throughout...'
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BBC Radio 3 'In Tune'
'Absolutely love that recording...the whole recording is absolutely glittering. There's that sense of really infectious energy that hits you on this recording from the off...Let's hear some more of what promises to be one the essential recordings of the year.'


Scotsman
5 Stars
'John Butt's Dunedin Consort does it again. This red hot interpretation of the six cantatas that make up Bach's Christmas Oratorio holds the attention from the word go. The opening chorus, Jauchzet frohlocket, hits you like a lightning bolt, Butt's infectious energy and exhilarating musicianship infusing Bach's joyous music with utterly compelling brilliance.'
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Europadisc
'Above all, it's the sense of committed yet un-posturing devotion and sheer joy that makes this performance so extraordinarily successful. Beautifully recorded and presented, and fastidiously researched, it's hard to imagine the Christmas Oratorio being better served than this.'
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McAlister Matheson Music
'This is a fabulous recording...guaranteed to fulfil even the highest expectations!'
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The Herald Scotland
'This absolutely essential recording is seventh heaven.'
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The Guardian
5 Stars
'It's surely one of the finest accounts now available of Bach's Christmas Oratorio. The choral sound is pert, sinewy, unforced; the instrumental playing is punchy, broad and charismatic.'
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Classical CD Choice
'This splendid new release is virtually an exemplar of how period practice aligned with sharp and energetic performance can ensure a very familiar piece comes up fresh as paint.'
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Limelight Magazine
4½ Stars
'The Grammy-nominated Dunedin Consort is supportive and exuberant accompanying allows Bach's lyricism and wit to sparkle.'
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Fanfare
'They give a joyous performance...'
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The Strad
'Bernardini offers proficient, well-articulated readings of Bach's two solo violin concertos, her buoyant, small-scale orchestral accompaniment spawning light, spruce textures in the outer movements and making inner detail clearly audible.'
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AllMusic
4½ Stars
'In [Bernardini's] playing you get the virtuoso energy of the contemporary Italian school without the hard edge, and there is a sense of play in her music-making that one senses Bach would have loved...Highly recommended.
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Netherlands Radio 4
„CD van de Week” / ”CD of the Week”: „Hun nieuwste opname van Bachs betroemde Vioolconcerten is weer een schot in de roos. De concurrentie is groot bij deze werken maar deze cd valt op als een van de betere uit de catalogus.”
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BBC Radio 3 ‘Record Review’
'Virtual Wallet' Choice by Kate Molleson: 'I love it!'