J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Glenn Gould
Soloists:Glenn Gould, Piano
Jaime Laredo, Violin
Leonard Rose, Cello
Individual Works:Sonata in B minor, BWV 1014
Sonata in A major, BWV 1015 BWV 1015
Sonata in E major, BWV 1016 BWV 1016
Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017 BWV 1017
Sonata in F minor, BWV 1018 BWV 1018
Sonata in G major, BWV 1019 BWV 1019
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G, BWV 1027
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D, BWV 1028
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029
Record Label:CBS Masterworks
Year Released/Recorded:1974 1976
Comments:J. Michael Fouse said:

An interesting recording, to say the least. Gould, the ultimate soloist, produces interesting effects in these colaborations. Whatever one's opinion of his ability-- or failure-- to combine with the solo strings, this recording forces a recognition that these works are more pieces for solo keyboard and string instrument than sonatas with solo accompaniment.

Eran Zamir:

The results of Glenn Gould's collaboration with these two first-class artists are somewhat mixed.

The violin-harpsichord sonatas are uneven in quality, but good overall. These are definitely not "period" interpretations; Gould's playing is pianistic, and not harspsichord-like. As good as this recording may be, it should not be the only version of these sonatas that a Bach lover has, and it is not this reviewer's first choice.

The viola da gamba-harpsichord sonatas, on the other hand, are very good. Leonard Rose is excellent (which this reviewer, who has several of his recordings, has come to expect). Like the violin sonatas, these readings are "modern", but inspired, especially Sonata No. 2 BWV 1028 (the Andante is particularly beautiful).

Those who hesitate to buy Gould's recordings because of his humming will be pleased to know that on these pieces, his humming is kept to an absolute minimum.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • J. Michael Fouse
  • Eran Zamir
Date First Submitted:03/23/1996