J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Four Harpsichord Suites/Clavichord Pieces

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Olivier Baumont
Individual Works:Suite in A Minor, BWV 8181
Two Preludes, BWV 8461 & BWV 8551
Suite in A Major, BWV 832
Three Menuets, BWV 841, BWV 842, BWV 843
Suite in E-Flat Major, BWV 819
Two Preludes, BWV 847a & BWV 8511
Suite in F Minor, BWV 823
We nur den lieben Gott läßt walten, BWV 691
Record Label:Erato
Catalog Number:8573-80224-2
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:51'59
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: excellent
Recording: excellent

These little-known keyboard Suites are not often recorded so this recording is a welcome and excellent addition to the Bach recorded repertoire, particularly since several of the works are performed on clavichord. Olivier Baumont's peformance of the Suites on harpsichord is excellent, the sound is recorded close with minimal room reverberation. His choice to include a few preludes from the Clavier-Buchlein for Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is delightful, as is his performance on clavichord. This clavichord recording is fragile and soft, the sound is quite intimate. And it is especially interesting to hear the well-known Prelude in C Major from the Well-Tempered Clavier Book 1 played here, in it's earlier version, on clavichord.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/12/2000