Writings about Macs, music and more by Kirk McElhearn




Hear All of Bach’s Works for Free, if You’re Patient


The Netherlands Bach Society is running an interesting project: All of Bach. Their goal is to record, and make available, all of Bach’s 1080 works. Each Friday a new work is available, so, if you want to hear them all, you’ll have to wait about 20 years. So far, they have 17 works on the […]

New Classical Box Set: Bach Masterworks, from Deutsche Grammophon


Deutsche Grammophon has released a new Original Jackets Collection box set; Bach Masterworks (Amazon.com, Amazon UK). Containing 50 CDs, this is an impressive set of Bach’s music, covering his cantatas, other sacred music, organ works, keyboard music, chamber music and orchestral music. It’s far from being a complete works set – that would come to […]

John Eliot Gardiner’s Complete Bach Cantatas Released as Box Set


One of the most exciting performance and recording projects of recent years was John Eliot Gardiner’s Bach Cantata Pilgrimage. In just over a year, Gardiner, together with The Monteverdi Choir and The English Baroque Soloists, toured the world, performing all of Bach’s sacred cantatas in dozens of venues. The performances were recorded by Deutsche Grammophon, […]

Bach’s Sacred Cantatas: Recordings and Resources


One of my favorite parts of the classical canon is Bach’s sacred cantatas. These are vocal and instrumental works that Bach composed to be performed in church during services, as well as some which were written for secular occasions. Some feature a choir, others just solo singers, and most are based on texts from the […]

CD Review: Glenn Gould Complete Bach Edition


Buy from: Amazon.com | Amazon UK | Amazon FR | Amazon DE While Glenn Gould was a pianist who performed the works of many composers, his name is inextricably linked to that of Johann Sebastian Bach. More than any other composer, Bach was Gould’s speciality. From his first recording of Bach’s Goldberg Variations in 1955 […]

Music Notes: Café Zimmerman’s Bach Concertos


Over the past 10 years, Café Zimmerman has recorded Bach’s “concertos for multiple instruments” on the Alpha label. These works include the harpsichord concertos, the Brandenburg concertos, the orchestral suites (overtures), as well as the many concertos for violin, oboe, flute or other instruments. Last year, they released this in a 6-CD set: Concerts avec […]

For Bach’s Birthday, Discover Complete Editions of His Works


Today is the 327th birthday of Johann Sebastian Bach, undoubtedly the most important composer in the history of western music. His work is vast and varied: it ranges from solo keyboard music to choral passions and oratorios; from concertos to organ works; from sacred cantatas to solo works for violin or cello. Appreciating Bach’s output […]

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