J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Orchestral Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Reinhard Goebel
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Musica Antiqua Koln
Soloists:Violino I: Reinhard Goebel,Gunard Lebzbor,Werner Erhardt,Jan Reichow
Violino II: Mary Utiger,Andrea Keller,Almut Bergmeier,Paula Kibildis
Viola: Hajo BSÓ,Daniel Spektor,Karin Baasch,Karlheinz Steeb
Violoncello: Phoebe Carrai,Karen Kaderavek,Jaap ter Linden
Violone: Jonathan Cable,Jean-Michel Forest
Oboe: Hans-Peter Westermann,Michael Niesemann,Pieter Dhont
Fagotto: Michael McCraw
Flauto traverso: Wilbert Hazelzet
Tromba: Friedmann Immer,Klaus Osterloch,Kay Immer
Timpani: Eckhard Leue
Cembalo:Andreas Staier,Robert Hill,Heink Bouman
Individual Works:Orchestral Suite No. 1 in C major, BWV 1066
Orchestral Suite No. 2 in B minor, BWV 1067
Orchestral Suite No. 3 in D major, BWV 1068
Orchestral Suite No. 4 in D major, BWV 1069
Orchestral Suite in G minor BWV 1070
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:415 671-2
Year Released/Recorded:1982 & 1985
Total Playing Time:CD1 46:45
CD2 63:51
Comments:Jacques Blin said:
The Suite in G minor BWV 1070 is not by Bach at all and was most likely composed by his son Wilhelm Friedemann

Thomas Hubeart:

The account of the b-minor suite BWV 1067 is less successful than the others. (BWV 1067 and 1070 [a spurious work now ascribed to W.F. Bach] were recorded in 1982, the other suites in 1985.) Goebel remarks in his liner notes about the rethinking he did regarding his performance approach between the two recording dates, thanks to the writings of musicologist Frederick Neumann. While BWV 1067 is played with spirit, it is mannered (in quote-unquote "authentic" style) in a way that the other three authentic suites are able to avoid. Not a perfect recording, but more delightful than some of the ponderous accounts of this music out there.

Jan Hanford said:

A gorgeous recording, one of the best interpretations of the Orchestral Suites I've heard. The inclusion of BWV 1070 is a nice bonus, even if it isn't by J.S. Bach, it's still lovely.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jacques Blin
  • Thomas Hubeart
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/28/1995