J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
John Dornenburg
Soloists:John Dornenburg - viola da gamba
Malcolm Proud - harpsichord
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Sonata in G major, BWV 1027
Sonata in D major, BWV 1028
Prelude and Fugue in A minor, BWV 894
Sonata in G minor, BWV 1029
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Meridian
Catalog Number:CDE 84219
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Total Playing Time:not given
Comments:Susan Proud said:

Review of performance in Gualala California by Bill Darling ICO 10/14/94:
" In J.s. Bach's viola da gamba sonata, the harpsichord was a full partner with the (viola) da gamba. Proud and Dornenburg demonstrated artistry and ensemble playing of rare perfection.

Jan Hanford said:

I was shocked by this bad performance. Dornenburg's tone is thin and ugly and his articulation is sloppy. The harpsichord is lovely and I felt his talent was sadly wasted accompanying Dornenburg's inept performance. One wonders how this even managed to make its way onto cd.

Zoe James said:

This recording of the Bach Gamba Sonatas is great! Dornenburg?s mastery of the viol is evident through his playing - delicate, refined, dynamic, and with beautifully articulated phrases. The gamba and harpsichord ensemble playing seems flawless. This is an inspiring cd and everyone should add it to their collection!

Louise Anderson said:

John Dornenburg's Bach Sonatas are probably the best version I have ever heard. He has a beautiful rich tone, exquisite musicality, and a tremendous sense of ensemble with the harpsichordist Malcolm Proud. Check out his Marais and solo CDs - all fantastic.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • susan proud
  • Zoe James
  • Louise Anderson
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:11/18/2000