The Complete Bach Edition on USB is now available from Amazon and Presto Classical
"To hold it in your hand is to feel like William Blake when he saw the world in a grain of sand."
"It’s the ultimate portable Bach library, as good as it gets"
"As a concept alone, it's pretty astonishing to be able to hold the whole life's work of one of the greatest composers in the history of western music in the palm of one's hand... The accessibility and the miraculous compactness of this set are bound to be its huge selling point; as a handy work of reference, certainly, it's hard to fault."
Teldec’s acclaimed COMPLETE BACH EDITION now available on a 32GB USB flash drive
Available online from 29th April
• Music: The complete works of JS Bach available to stream and download (3,230 high quality MP3 files)
• Video: ‘J.S.Bach’ Video Documentary (BBC Great Composers Series) available to stream and download
• Articles: Original articles taken from the historic ‘Das Alte Werk’ series about Bach’s major works, available as PDF files to download
• Further Editorial: Information about history and making of The Complete Bach Edition, along with biographies of JS Bach, Nikolaus Harnoncourt and Gustav Leonhardt
Teldec’s COMPLETE BACH Edition, comprising Bach’s complete works performed by world renowned Bach interpreters on period instruments, constitutes one of the most ambitious projects in recording history.
The artists taking part in COMPLETE BACH include:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt, Gustav Leonhardt, Concentus musicus Wien, Ton Koopman, Il Giardino Armonico, Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra, The Academy of Ancient Music, Christopher Hogwood, Scott Ross, Andreas Staier, Kurt Equiluz, Robert Holl, Michele Barchi, Luca Pianca, Werner Ehrhardt, Bob van Asperen, Arnold Schoenberg Chor, Rundfunkchor Berlin, Tragicomedia, Thomas Zehetmair, Glen Wilson, Christoph Prégardien, Klaus Mertens, Barbara Bonney, Thomas Hampson, Herbert Tachezi, Frans Brüggen and many others ...
COMPLETE BACH represents the culmination of a process that began over five decades ago, in 1958, with the creation of the DAS ALTE WERK label. After initially triggering an impassioned controversy, Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s belief that “Early music is a foreign language which must be learned by musicians and listeners alike” has found widespread acceptance. He and his colleagues searched for original instruments to throw new light on composers and their works and significantly influenced the history of music interpretation in the second half of this century. Their ideas have been shared by many fellow musicians, among them Ton Koopman, Il Giardino Armonico, Luca Pianca and Andreas Staier, all of whose performances appear in the COMPLETE BACH Edition. As an entirety, COMPLETE BACH offers listeners the chance to rediscover the astonishing developments in Bach interpretation of the last forty years and the tonal beauties of Bach’s works performed on period instruments.
Without Nikolaus Harnoncourt’s and Gustav Leonhardt’s groundbreaking accounts of the cantatas, a complete Bach edition would have been inconceivable. But with the recording of Bach's Complete Sacred Cantatas as inspiration, not to mention Harnoncourt’s 1970 St. Matthew Passion and Gustav Leonhardt’s legendary 1965 account of the Goldberg Variations, the early 1990's found Teldec in an extraordinary position: able to embark on the artistic, financial and logistical adventure to record and license recordings of the remainder of Bach’s oeuvre and present a complete edition in time for the 250th anniversary of his death.
"A set which, like the Bible and Shakespeare, ought rightly to accompany any thinking person to a desert island."