J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Paul Galbraith
Individual Works:Sonata No. 1 in A minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in E minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3, in D, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Delos
Catalog Number:DE 3232
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Total Playing Time:118MIN.
Comments:Sherman Washington said:

Paul Galbraith's recording of the Partitas and Sonatas for unaccompanied violin arranged for the 8-string guitar is a unique and exciting experience. His playing and technique are flawless. He breathes a new life into the works all the while remaining true to Bach's intent for the works.

The unique aspect to this recording is that it's not just another guitar recording. Mr. Galbraith uses a guitar he helped to design. His guitar has eight strings instead of six, it is played upright like a cello, it has an endpin which is connected to a resonance box that enhances the sound quality of the instrument and his playing.
For more information about the album and Paul Galbraith go to WWW.PAULGALBRAITH.COM

Fluffy said:

This CD, by Grammy nominated guitarist Paul Galbraith, is absolutely beautiful. The CD easily compares to and even surpasses the best violin recordings of the same pieces, or shall I say "piece." There are many improvisatory embellishments and cross string ornaments in this recording that many people hostile to musical expression and creativity will find offensive. This recording is not for the hurried musician, but for the open-minded, open-hearted listener.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Sherman Washington
  • Fluffy
Date First Submitted:12/30/1998