Countdown to #1 Conclusion: The Top 10 “Bach Favorites”

Johann Sebastian Bach by Haussmann

Johann Sebastian Bach

According to ABS concert goers, musicians, and staff, Bach’s Top Ten are listed below. Thanks to voters on Twitter, The Well Tempered Clavier jumped up the list two spots! [To revisit the first 36 “Bach Favorites” on the list, click here]

10) Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major, BWV 1050

“First Bach I heard live and well performed. I play keyboard and the parts for that and the flute and violin interact in such a happy manner” – Edith Vermeij

9) Herz und Mund und Tat und Leben, BWV 147

8) Brandenburg Concertos, BWV 1046-1051

“They’re all just gorgeous” – Dena Elfert

7) Toccata & Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565

“I find it deeply moving. It never fails to make me tear up!” – Karen Combs

“I love organ!” – Thomas Farver

6) Magnificat, BWV 243

John Thiessen

John Thiessen

“To my mind, the most perfect choral work: each note is a gem” – John Thiessen, ABS musician (trumpet)

5) Das wohltemperierte Klavier (“Well Tempered Clavier”), BWV 846-893

4) Weihnachts-Oratorium (“Christmas Oratorio”), BWV 248

“Where to start? Not enough room” – James Bert

“Cheerful and celebratory” – Susan Garbini

3) Suites for Unaccompanied Cello, BWV 1007-1012

“What can match the beauty, the longing and the soul of the cello suites? Pablo Casals recorded his version as the Spanish Republic was falling and one can hear his soul in those recordings” – Douglas Shaker

“Expressive, lyric, meditative, ordered, mathematical, pensive, reflective” – Wit Ashbrook

2) St. Matthew Passion, BWV 244

“If there’s such a thing as the greatest piece of music ever written (Which I doubt) then, the St. Matthew would be it” – Dan Hersh

“It epitomizes everything I love about Bach – the grandeur, pathos, and genius” – Greg Madsen, ABS Board of Directors

1) Mass in B Minor, BWV 232

“Fabulous trumpet writing, but also a summation of Bach’s lifework” – John Thiessen, ABS Musician (trumpet)

“It’s gotta be Bach’s Mass in B Minor, but maybe it’s because I love the way Jeffrey Thomas interprets it. He brings out something new every time he conducts it” – Barbara Malloy

“Everytime I listen, I weep at its beauty” – Dan Chow

Jude Ziliak

Jude Ziliak

“The B Minor Mass is maybe the most universal music there is, and yet also singularly, distinctly the product of one clear, individual mind. It is music for many lifetimes” – Jude Ziliak, ABS musician (violin)




Thank you for voting! I hope you will all join me in using this list of “Bach Favorites” as a guide for future listening! [To see Part I, click here] [To see Part II, click here].