J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Enesco Plays Bach Sonatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
George Enescu
Individual Works:Sonata Nr. 1 for Solo Violin in G minor BWV 1001
Partita Nr. 1 for Solo Violin in B minor BWV 1002
Sonata Nr. 2 for Solo Violin in A minor BWV 1003
Partita Nr. 2 for Solo Violin in D minor BWV 1004
Sonata Nr. 3 for Solo Violin in C Major BWV 1005
Partita Nr. 3 for Solo Violin in E Major BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Continental
Catalog Number:CCD104/5
Year Released/Recorded:1949-1950
Comments:George Mircea said:

The great George Enescu has recorded late in his career these works, which he played throughout his life. The popularity of the works today are in no small part due his contribution. Indeed, in this recording one can almost hear Enescu's sould vibrating. The playing has a force an involvement which simply has no equal among any other recordings old or new. Should Enescu have recorded the pieces some 10-15 years earlier, these would have been far and away the best ever. As is, being at the end of his career and suffering from arthritis and other illnesses that would eventually end his life, the playing is less secure than it once was. One can almost hear the pain that Enescu is suffering when touching, I would even say caressing the violin, yet this adds to the emotional impact. And his supreme musicianship is intact and the insights he brings to the works makes the recording a must for anybody seriously interested in Bach. Even if Enescu's playing is not what it once was, this set remains one of the greatest ever and I wholeheartedly and urgently recommend it to anybody.

David Perrine said:

These have been re-issued on the Classica D'Oro label. I just couldn't get past the truly awful sound quality of these 'historical' recordings.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • George Mircea
  • David Perrine
Date First Submitted:09/06/2000