Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer, organist, harpsichordist, violist, and violinist whose sacred and secular works for choir, orchestra, and solo instruments drew together the strands of the Baroque period and brought it to its ultimate maturity.

Although he did not introduce new forms, he enriched the prevailing German style with a robust contrapuntal technique, an unrivalled control of harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France.

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 famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor and Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, and the Great Eighteen Chorale Preludes and Organ Mass.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected throughout Europe during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the main composers of the Baroque style, and as one of the greatest composers of all time.

Johann Sebastian Bach is featured on the following titles

Bach: Goldberg Variations, Original Transcriptions

Composer

In recent years Cameron Roberts has enjoyed growing success as one of Australia's finest young artists. In this his debut CD, Cameron brings us an all Bach recital.


Compositions by Johann Sebastian Bach also appear on

Geoffrey Tozer in Concert: Takapuna 1996

Composer

Auckland Sinfonietta

Geoffrey Tozer in Concert: Hobart 1991

Composer

Solo piano recital.

Music for Trumpet and the King Of Instruments

Composer

In the world of classical music, one of the most special and enduring combinations of instruments is that of the trumpet and the pipe organ. This combination, dating back over a millenia, has produced a tradition of heroic and majestic music making.

Such a sky

Composer

Such a Sky features recordings of live performances from the Melbourne Recital centre. Cellist, Imogen Manins and Pianist, Tony Gould are joined by a stella lineup of guests including Slava Grigoryan, David Jones, Gian Slater and Riley Lee.

Bach Motets

Composer

The Australian Chamber Choir performs motets by J.S. Bach and two of his sons, Johann Micheal Bach and Joahnn Christoph Bach.

Magnificat

Composer

Douglas Lawrence plays a magnificent recital on the organ he designed, the impressive 4 manual Rieger organ in The Scots' Church, Melbourne.

More Bizarre or baRock

Composer, Arranger

"The hottest, hippest harpsichord in the world today" said one critic of the best selling Bizarre or baRock. Melbourne harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson has returned to the studio for the long awaited sequel.

The Remarkable Norman Kaye

Composer

Move Records has gathered material for this CD paying tribute to the wonderful Norman Kaye. The main focus here is on the musician, but not forgetting his acting career.

Organs of the Ballarat Goldfields

Composer

15 historic organs in the Ballarat region can be heard on this CD released to coincide with the 2005 festival. There is a fully illustrated 16 page booklet which surveys the organ builders, churches and their organs, the music, and the performers.

Great Hall Grandeur

Composer

Amy Johansen plays the Rudolf Von Beckerath organ in the Great Hall, University of Sydney. Great Hall Grandeur showcases one of Australia's most beautiful, versatile and exciting pipe organs (one of Rudolf von Beckerath's last masterpieces) played by one of Australia's finest concert organists.

Transcriptions Baroque

Composer

Recorded in the beautiful Trinity College Chapel in Melbourne, this new organ/trumpet CD presents eight works that take you on a journey through the art of the concerto in the Baroque period.

Carillon and Organ

Composer

Enjoy the spectacular sound of organ and carillon as you've never heard them before! Recorded at the University of Sydney, this new CD features the talents of organist Amy Johansen and master carilloneur Jill Forrest.

The Choir of Ormond College LIVE

Composer

Having been associated with the choir since its inception, Move is delighted to celebrate the choir's musical "coming of age" and present this special live retrospective CD featuring many past and recent performances previously unreleased on the label.

The Rieger at Scots'

Composer

So just what does one play to demonstrate the resources of a large, beautifully voiced new organ? Douglas Lawrence has tried here to show something of the immensely wide tonal palette available on the Rieger organ at The Scots' Church in Melbourne, completed in 1999.

The Convict Harpsichordist

Composer

John Grant, frustrated in love, shot a London lawyer in the buttock and was sentenced to death at the Old Bailey. Granted a reprieve, he arrived at Sydney Cove in 1804, bringing with him Australia's first harpsichord. But what music did he play? Harpsichordist Elizabeth Anderson answers the question.

Tuba Magnifique

Composer

Ian King, painter, scientist and tuba player extraordinaire returns to the studio with pianists Margaret Schofield and Dean Sky-Lucas to record a recital trés magnifique!

Tuba Recital

Composer

One of the world's finest tuba players and the first to give a tuba recital in Australia, Ian King here presents a recital of works ranging from Bach and Vivaldi, to the remarkable Tuba Sonata of Paul Hindemith.

Yes, it rings a bell!

Composer

Adrian Tien takes the Australia's National Carillon in Canberra through its paces with a beautifully varied programme including Bach, Gershwin, and music from today's finest carillon composers.

Tuneful Percussion

Composer

One of International Record Review's "Best Discs of 2000". Nominated for Best Classical CD at the 2001 Aria Awards. This album was performed on authentic instruments including Grainger's own staff bells and steel marimba. Many previously unrecorded works are included.

two

Composer

Together, two of Australia's finest young musicians present a unique programme of traditional Irish folk melodies, baroque virtuosity, contemporary Australian works and medieval dance music.

Concert Organ Masterpieces

Composer

Masterpieces from the concert organ repertoire performed on the magnificent organ at St John's Church, Toorak, Melbourne. The works included were drawn from Thomas Heywood's series of annual Grand Organ Concerts at the church.

The Bach Family Circle

Composer

Music for oboe and harpsichord. Acclaimed historical oboe player Geoffrey Burgess and harpsichordist Ann Murphy have compiled an exploration of the hypothetical voice of the lost Bach oboe.

Kodaly Missa Brevis

Composer

Recorded on their 1997 European tour in Northern Italy and Germany, the Choir of Ormond College sings Kodaly's 'Missa Brevi s' and pieces by Tye, Howell and Bach.

Merry Christmas

Composer, Arranger

Elizabeth Anderson and friends put a new twist into Christmas carols and CDs: eight Christmas tracks neatly packaged as a Christmas card with a vibrant front cover and room for a personal inscription.

Music From Heaven

Composer

The Choir of Ormond College directed by Douglas Lawrence. This highly acclaimed CD features superb pieces by Gregorio Allegri, Byrd, Poulenc, Britten, Barber and J.S. Bach.

Bizarre or baRock

Composer

Elizabeth Anderson explores harpsichord music across four centuries: ranging from Conceição's raw 17th century battle piece, through traditional Baroque repertoire, to Jazz, Blues, Gershwin and the Beatles accompanied by drums and bass. Weird, wild, wacky and wonderful - you've never heard the harpsichord like this!

The Virtuoso Harpsichord

Composer

Vibrant young Melbourne-based harpsichordist, Jacqueline Ogeil showcases the virtuosic, dramatic and passionate sides of the harpsichord.

Historic Organs of the Barossa Valley, Volume 2

Composer

Volume 2 in this series of stunning performances by Christopher Dearnley and John Stiller on seven more of the historic church organs of the Barossa Valley.

Breath of Creation

Composer

Flutes of two worlds. Performing on shakuhachi, baroque flute and recorder, these two inspiring performers - renowned in their own fields - join forces to present a magical display of virtuosic delights and evocative sound-scapes.

Orgelbüchlein

Composer

Calvin Bowman presents an expert reading of J.S Bach's 'Little Organ Book' - a microcosm of Bach's compositional and improvisational genius.

Goldberg Variations

Composer

Rare opportunity to hear the entire 'Goldberg Variations' with all repeats plus the '14 canons' on the Goldbergs and the 'Italian Concerto'.

Teamwork

Composer

An eminently listenable collection of piano pieces written for four and six hands. An exciting, romantic, all stops out tour-de-force!

With Tenderness, With Fire

Composer

Ronald Farren-Price encores his hugely popular "Reflections" CD with this recital of music ranging from the sublime beauty of a Beethoven Adagio to the thundering splendour of Prokofiev's "Toccata".

Historic Organs of the Barossa Valley, Volume 1

Composer

Stunning performances by Christopher Dearnley and John Stiller on six of the historic church organs of the Barossa Valley. Includes a 16 page booklet giving a history of the organs in the Barossa area, their builders and the music.

Just Married ― organ music for a wedding

Composer

A compilation of history's most celebrated organ music which also happens to be popular at weddings. Insert notes for the disc contain a useful tabulation of the tracks into processionals, recessionals and 'signing music'.

Centenary Plus

Composer

Sydney city organist, Robert Ampt plays the spectacular Sydney Town Hall Grand Organ in a program of music spanning over one hundred years of organ music at the Sydney Town Hall.

Bamboo Organ

Composer

Douglas Lawrence and the Manila Chamber Orchestra. Manila's suburb of Las Piñas boasts the world's only organ with pipes made from bamboo. As well as demonstrating the full potential of the instrument with different solo pieces and Handel's Organ Concerto in G minor, Douglas Lawrence interviews the organ's restorer.

I Heard the Owl Call My Name

Composer

The highly acclaimed recording of the Choir of Ormond College's European tour. Includes the amazing choral soundscape I Heard the Owl Call my Name by Australian composer Philip Nunn.

Melbourne Sounds Grand

Composer

Thomas Heywood plays the Grand Concert Organ at the Melbourne Town Hall. With an enormous range of colour, dynamics and glorious, exciting orchestral sounds, the Grand Concert Organ in Melbourne's Town Hall is a world-class instrument. In the grand concert organ tradition, brilliant organist Thomas Heywood performs a diverse program of popular organ music particularly chosen for this instrument.

Complete Bach Flute Sonatas, Volume 2

Composer

Acclaimed artists present superb performances of the complete Bach Flute Sonatas.

Complete Bach Flute Sonatas, Volume 1

Composer

Acclaimed artists present superb performances of the complete Bach Flute Sonatas.

Reflections

Composer

Internationally acclaimed pianist Ronald Farren-Price presents superb performances of some of the greatest music ever written for the piano.

Bach Byrd Britten

Composer

Works by the great trilogy of choral composers, Bach, Byrd and Britten sung by the magnificent Choir of Ormond College. Includes A Ceremony of Carols.

We Wish You a Merry Christmas

Composer

The Choir of Ormond College presents a wonderfully varied selection of Christmas carols, 28 joyous tracks in all. Directed by Douglas Lawrence

Mostly Bach

Composer

Peter Lynch (guitar) and David Bloom (flute) play a suite and sonata by Bach, plus Mauro Giuliani's Grand Sonata in A Major.

Hymns For All Seasons

Composer

16 more hymns from Cantus Choro, sung in the grand acoustic of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne. The hymns start with Advent and trace the great events of the Christian year. With Norman Kaye and the Melbourne Brass Ensemble.

Festival of Organ Masterpieces, Volume 1

Composer

Douglas Lawrence plays the organ of St. Patrick's Cathedral, Melbourne. Includes many of the best loved and frequently played works from the organ repertoire.

Lotus Dreams

Composer

Since the release of Shu-Cheen's other CDs, Lotus Moon, Willow Spirit Song and Serenade with ABC Classics, many music lovers have suggested that they would like to hear her sing Lieder and other styles of repertoire. This CD is a collection of her favourite songs and ballads.

Automne - Changing colours of harp music

Composer

From classical to folk, from sweeping glissandi to the strikingly contemporary, the range and diversity of the harp always entrances and amazes.

Six French Suites - Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer

Judith Lambden performs Bach's French Suites on piano. This is a two CD set for the price of one CD.

Six English Suites - Johann Sebastian Bach

Composer

Judith Lambden performs Bach's English Suites on piano.

Anthony Halliday plays Saint-Saëns, Beethoven, Duruflé, Bach

Composer

Few Australian musicians come close to matching Anthony Halliday’s versatile splendour. This latest of Halliday’s all-too-few organ CDs emphasises his gifts in transcribing orchestral works. Featuring the organ of St Francis' Church Melbourne.

Original Transcriptions for Piano

Composer

Piano transcriptions as you have never heard them before. This disc by Australian pianist-composer Cameron Roberts is a tour-de-force of piano virtuosity and originality.

Worlds Apart

Composer

'Worlds Apart' features works for piano duet, two and three pianos from both ends of the globe. Includes the first Australian recording of the Bruch 'Concerto for two pianos and orchestra'.