J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Trio Sonatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
John Butt
Individual Works:Trio Sonata in C, BWV 526
Trio Sonata in D, BWV 527
Trio Sonata in E, BWV 528
Trio Sonata in C, BWV 529
Trio Sonata in G, BWV 530
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMU 907055
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Total Playing Time:75:03
Comments:Erwin M. Friedlander said:

Very classical, solid interpretation with few "embellishments". Fugal parts are well etched, though maybe a less than potent pedal, especially in the Allegro of Sonata #2. Altogether, 75:03 minutes of sheer delight.

Timothy Bailey said:

This is IMO a very good performance on a new baroque style tracker action organ at Herz Hall, UC Berkley, 12 and 13 April 1991.

I have not heard many other recordings, except Chapuis and Hurford. I feel it is more revealing than either, and I had not collected this music before. Most of my Bach loving friends are very taken with it too, even those unconvinced about HIP practice. This includes two working organists.

It also happens to be a really good recording. The engineer being Tony Faulkner, a well known and careful freelance who engineered "A Feather on the Breath of God" for Hyperion - of Hildegard Bingen's wonderful music with Gothic Voices and Emmma Kirkby.

I grew up with organ music being a cathedral Choriste from 9 to 17, to 1968. I was fortunate also to experience a small(?) movable baroque tracker action organ, while our big one was restored by men who came out from Liverpool to Newcastle NSW, Australia to do the job and install a new remote console.

We used the little organ from then on, when we did concerts in the cathedral with the Newcastle Baroque society, again in the 1960's.


Tim Bailey

Dan W said:

I bought this CD because Gramophone said it is 'flawless'., however this is easily the most boring and uninspired rendition of the sonatas I've heard. The playing is very choppy and the phrasing seems arbitrary. Try Andre Isoir on Caliope or Olivier Latry on BNL.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Erwin M. Friedlander
  • Timothy Bailey
  • Dan W.
Date First Submitted:06/12/1995