J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Musical Offering

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Leipziger Bach-Collegium
Soloists:Karl-Heinz Passin, Transverse Flute
Eberhard Palm and Manfred Otte, Violin
Siegfried Pank, ViolinCello
Karl Heinz Bernstein, Piano and Harpsichord
Individual Works:Musical Offering
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Capriccio
Catalog Number:10 032
Comments:Words do not do justice to this work, but listening to it will. The finale, a six part ricercare, is a hauntingly enigmatic bit of work which reminds me of a pen and ink drawing which magically becomes vibrant with color. Listening to it brings to mind a winter's morning looking out the window on a sunlit snow scene. The three part ricercare sounds like astepping stone to the six part ricercare, but given that it is played on a piano it assumes a very different character than its more advanced sibling, which was realized on a harpsichord. The Sonata sounds out of place, like something written nearly a quarter century later, and is worth listening to just to guess who wrote it. Listening to K.P.E. Bach I certainly would know who trained him by listening to this part of the Musical Offering. The Canons are brief but delightful. Many of the pieces feature flute passages which would have given that ingrate Frederick II the chance to shine. I felt strongly enough about this work to parade my ignorance of matters musical and I recommend it to anyone. You will not be sorry to have bought this work and to give it a good home in your collection.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eugene Herron
Date First Submitted:11/14/1995