J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Partitas Nos. 4, 2, & 5

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Richard Goode
Individual Works:Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Nonesuch
Catalog Number:7559-79483-2
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

A remarkable and exquisite recording. Richard Goode's impressively delicate and fluid technique presents a wonderfully sensitive interpretation. His performance is as exciting as the music demands without sacrificing the energy of these pieces or ever becoming heavy. I read some criticism that his playing is too "pianistic." Well, of course it's pianistic: he's playing the piano. Avoiding what can be a robotic imitation of a harpsichord performance, his musical expressiveness enhances the beauty of the Partitas. The piano is recorded close resulting in the effect of sitting right next to the piano, revealing every delightful nuance with exceptionally clarity. I was captivated by his performance and just sat in front of the stereo from start to finish with frequent exclamations of "wow!".

Anyone familiar with my reviews knows I am a big fan of Andras Schiff. Richard Goode comes closest to Schiff's level of perfection and beauty that I've heard yet. And since the Schiff recording of the Partitas is out of print (except for the expensive and impossible-to-find European-only box set), then Richard Goode has become my enthusiastic recommendation.

Hopefully he will record the remaining 3 partitas because, of course, listeners would prefer to have the complete set. I know I do.

Update April 20, 2003: He has now recorded the other 3 Partitas Nos. 1, 3 & 6 and it's wonderful.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/23/1999