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The ultimate Bach collection? Hardly, but it's a reasonable single-disc choice for the newcomer. The program manages to touch on a group of tunes that nearly everybody has heard and arranges them in such a way as to give an idea of Bach's totalizing mind, his tendency to explore to the fullest everything he touched. Most of the album is devoted to instrumental movements, but Bach spent much of his life as a church employee, and the choral selections -- three famous cantata choruses and a short excerpt from the longer St. ...

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  1. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048: Allegro
  2. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: Badinerie
  3. Cantata No. 208, "Was mir behagt" ("Hunt Cantata"), BWV 208 (BC G1, G3): Sheep May Safely Graze
  4. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 2 in E major, BWV 1042: Largo
  5. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056: Largo
  6. Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: Largo
  7. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring
  8. Prelude and Fugue, for keyboard No. 1 in C major, BWV 846 (BC L80) (WTC I/1): Prelude in C major
  9. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043: Largo ma non tanto
  10. Suite for solo cello No. 1 in G major, BWV 1007: Prelude
  11. Cantata No. 140, "Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme," BWV 140 (BC A166): Sleepers Awake (Wachet auf)
  12. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Herr, unser Herrscher
  13. Sonata for flute & keyboard in E flat major, BWV 1031: Sicilienne
  14. Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande
  15. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047: Allegro assai
  16. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068:
  17. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041: Andante
  18. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Chorale "O Haupt voll Blut und Wunden"
  19. Toccata and Fugue, for organ in D minor, BWV 565 (BC J37)
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