J.S. Bach
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Hänssler Complete Edition Bachakademie

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Various
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Various
Soloists:Various
Instrumentation:Bassoon
Cello
Choir
Flute
Harpsichord
Horn
Lute
Oboe
Orchestra
Organ
Piano
Recorder
Trumpet
Viola da Gamba
Violin
Vocal
Viola
Fortepiano
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:92.510
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:172 cd's worth
Related Web Site:http://www.haenssler.de/home/classic_e/welcome.phtml
Comments:Comments by Jan Hanford:

A very different set than Teldec's Bach 2000. The Hanssler Bachakademie, supervised by Helmut Rilling, is not HIP (historic instruments performance). The orchestras are warm and lush (but not huge). The soloists are, in general, extraordinary. The tempos are sane. Hanssler has included fragments of some incomplete BWV's that are not included in the Teldec set; a minor plus but appealing. I found I preferred these traditional instruments and the daring using of forte-piano in place of harpsichord on a few of the recordings (flute sonatas). Highlights for me are The Well-Tempered Clavier Books 1 and 2, Musical Offering, Flute Sonatas, The Motets. I also found I prefer these Cantatas recordings to any other, including the new Koopman, Suzuki and the well-known Leonhart-Harnoncourt. While not the newest recordings, the sound is warmer which I prefer to the new state-of-the-art HIP recordings. Although most of the Cantatas are older recordings, much of the Hanssler Bachakademie edition is newly recorded for this project and the sound is consistent and excellent.

The cd's are available as the complete box set or as individual cd's, so you can pick and choose your favorites if you prefer. I have the whole set and the selections are often my listening choice. If you are not a rigid follower of the HIP-only school of listeners then I highly recommend this set.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/18/2001
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