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Best Bach 50 is an intelligently laid out collection of examples of J.S. Bach's most famous works, and its three CDs are filled with historic performances drawn from the vaults of EMI. The first disc, "The Sacred Genius of Bach," presents extracts from Bach's major choral religious works, the Mass in B minor, the St. John Passion, the Christmas Oratorio, the Magnificat, and a handful of the best-loved cantatas. The second and third CDs, "Bach the Impresario" and "The Dazzling Concertos of Bach," feature his concert works, ...

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  1. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Gloria in excelsis Deo
  2. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Laudamus te
  3. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Et incarnatus est
  4. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Agnus Dei
  5. Mass in B minor, for soloists, chorus & orchestra, BWV 232 (BC E1): Osanna in excelsis
  6. Cantata No. 147, "Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben," BWV 147 (BC A174): Jesu bleibet meine Freude (Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring), Chorale
  7. Cantata No. 51, "Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen," BWV 51 (BC A134): Jauchzet Gott in allen Landen, Aria
  8. Cantata No. 82, "Ich habe genug," BWV 82 (BC A169): Ich habe genug, Aria
  9. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Magnificat anima mea
  10. Magnificat, for 5 voices, 5-part chorus, orchestra & continuo in D major, BWV 243 (BC E14): Deposuit potentes
  11. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Cantata for the first day of the Feast of Christmas. Wie soll ich dich empfangen, Chorale
  12. Weihnachtsoratorium (Christmas Oratorio), in six parts, BWV 248 (BC D7): Cantata for the Sunday after the New Year. Erleucht auch meine finistre Sinnen, Aria
  13. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ach, großer König, Chorale
  14. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es is vollbracht, Aria
  15. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Ruht wohl, ihr heiligen Gebeine
  16. Cantata No. 78, "Jesu, der du meine Seele," BWV 78 (BC A130): Wir eilen mit Schwachen, Duetto
  17. Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Sonatina: Molto adagio
  18. Cantata No. 106, "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit," ("Actus Tragicus"), BWV 106 (BC B18): Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit, Chorus
  19. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Ouverture
  20. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Air
  21. Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068: Gavotte
  22. Concerto for 2 violins, strings & continuo in D minor ("Double"), BWV 1043
  23. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 1. Rondeau 2. Sarabande 3. Bourrées 1 & 2
  24. Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067: 4. Polonaise 5. Menuet 6. Badinerie
  25. Brandenburg Concerto No. 4 in G major, BWV 1049
  26. Concerto for harpsichord, strings & continuo No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1056
  27. The Musical Offering (Musikalisches Opfer), for keyboard and chamber instruments, BWV 1079: Ricercare a 6
  28. Brandenburg Concerto No. 2 in F major, BWV 1047
  29. Concerto for 2 harpsichords, strings & continuo in C minor, BWV 1060
  30. Concerto for 4 harpsichords, strings & continuo in A minor, BWV 1065 (after Vivaldi, RV 580)
  31. Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G major, BWV 1048
  32. Concerto for violin, strings & continuo No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1041
  33. Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D major, BWV 1050
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