J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Don Dorsey
Individual Works:Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Two and Three-Part Inventions, BWV 772, 780, 782, 784, 787
Diverse Kanons on the first eight notes from the Goldberg Variations, BWV 1087
Tocatta & Fugue in D minor, BWV 565
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring from Cantata 147, BWV147
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Telarc
Catalog Number:CD-80123
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Related Web Site:http://www.dondorsey.com/dd/dd_recordings.htm
Comments:Darin May said:

10 weeks at #1 on the Billboard in 1985.

Jan Hanford:

So much potential and such a disappointment. The sounds on this recording were created using the then "new" digital technology of 1985. The results are inconsistent. There are a some nice musical moments but the use of a drum machine on some pieces is ridiculous. Either make an electronic classical cd or make a rock/jazz interpretation of Bach: don't try to do both at the same time, it just doesn't work. The layers are surprisingly thin, with many boring little plinking sounds. The whole recording comes off "timid", in my opinion.

The inclusion of the canons was a nice surprise. The fact these are rarely recorded by any instrument usually makes for interesting listening. But in this case they sound flat and, once again, are ruined by the drum machine in some places. I could deal with the cute sounds and mediocre interpretation but I cannot deal with the drum machine. (Note that I own a drum machine. I don't hate drum machines, I just think they don't belong on this recording.)

And for a finale there is the most nauseating version of Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring I have ever heard. It's such a mess I can't even find words to describe it. Truly awful.

Apparently this recording was a big seller and, amazingly, is even still in print. Whatever.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Darin May
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:07/23/1995