J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Musical Offering

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Paul Goodwin
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Ensemble Sonnerie
Viola da Gamba
Oboe d'Amore
Oboe da Caccia
Tenor Viola
Individual Works:Musical Offering BWV 1079
Ricercar a 3

Canon perpetuus super Thema Regium
Canones diversi super Thema Regium
Fuga canonica in Epidiapente
Ricercar a 6 (diverse instruments)
Canon a 2 Quaerando Invenietis
Canon a 4
Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale
Canon Perpetuus

Ricerar 6 (harpsichord)

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Virgin Veritas
Catalog Number:7243 5 45139 2 3
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Comments:Eugene Herron said:

I could easily imagine a contemporary of Bach's, an admirer with his or her own orchestra, performing the "Musical Offering" this way. There is something right about it, fitting even, to go beyond a flute, violins and a harpsichord or fortepiano and add other voices. The richness of voice gives the work depth and reveals its inner beauty.

I especially like the Ricercar 6 performed by as many voices, which gives it depth and more comprehension. I have also heard this piece done by an oboe and bassoon band, and it was also wonderful.

There is something homey and intimate about the Ricercar 3 being performed on a harpsichord. A clavichord would be better than either and would be how Bach would play it for a house guest who did not read music but wanted to hear "that fugue you played for that rascal Frederick II".

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eugene Herron
Date First Submitted:09/19/1999