J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Reinhard Goebel
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Musica Antiqua Köln
Soloists:Reinhard Goebel: Violine
Jaap Ter Linden: Viola da gamba, Violoncello
Wilbert Hazelzet: Traversflöte
Robert Hill, Henk Bouman: Cembalo
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:CD 1:
Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord:
BWV 1014
BWV 1015
BWV 1016
BWV 1017
BWV 1018

CD 2:
BWV 1019

Sonatas, Fugue and Suite for Violin and Harpsichord:
BWV 1020
BWV 1022
BWV 1026
BWV 1025

Sonatas for Violin and Bass Continuo:
BWV 1021

CD 3:
BWV 1023
BWV 1024
BWV Anh. 153

Three Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord:
BWV 1027
BWV 1028

CD 4:
BWV 1029

Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord:
BWV 1019a

Three Sonatas for Flute and Bass Continuo:
BWV 1033
BWV 1034
BWV 1035

CD 5:
Partita for Flute Solo in A Minor:
BWV 1013

Three Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord:
BWV 1030
BWV 1031
BWV 1032

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:447 713-2
Year Released/Recorded:1983
Total Playing Time:disc 1: 73'33
disc 2: 73'24
disc 3: 66'25
disc 4: 64'41
disc 5: 52'51
Related Web Site:http://www.intr.net/bleissa/lists/mak1.html
Comments:Aidan Thomas Dixon said:

This is a 5 disc set recording of Bach's chamber music. A pretty clear recording of good original -instruments performances with moderately fast tempi. Might previously been released as separate discs.

Jan Hanford said:

Having all of these works collected together is a real treasure. It is one of the most beautiful collections I've heard. 5 cd's of all of Bach's chamber music, exquisitely performed by the outstanding soloists of Musica Antiqua Koln. Reinhard Goebel's performance of the violin works is simply perfect. As I've said before, Bach's sonatas for violin and harpsichord have been in the shadows for too long, they deserve to be heard and this performance proves it. They are a delightful partnership between violin and harpsichord. The tempos are fairly brisk but the performance is so clearly articulated that the result is energetic and very rewarding.

The viola da gamba and flute performances are equally excellent. These are "authentic instruments" performances so the sound is a little thinner, a little crispier than traditional instrumentation. In this particular recording the result is lovely; the flute is particularly fragile. I have never heard these works played with such energy, precision and affection.

Even if you own other recordings of these works, I highly recommend adding this set to your collection.

It is a tragedy that this recording is so hard to find in the U.S.! It is available from the european sources listed in purchase sources below.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Aidan Thomas Dixon
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:05/21/1998