J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Six Partitas for Keyboard

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Glenn Gould
Individual Works:6 partitas, BWV 825-830
6 little preludes, BWV 933-938
Prelude & Fughetta, BWV 899
Prelude, BWV 902
Prelude, BWV 902/1a
Fughetta, BWV 902
9 little preludes, BWV 924-932 (not including BWV 929, BWV 931, and BWV 932)
Fugue, BWV 952
Fughetta, BWV 961
Fugue, BWV 953
Prelude & Fugue, BWV 895
Prelude & Fughetta, BWV 900
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony
Catalog Number:SM2K 52597
Year Released/Recorded:1957
Total Playing Time:147:56
Related Web Site:http://www.glenngould.com/52597.html
The final recording by Glenn Gould.

What can I say? Glenn Gould recorded the definitive interpretation of the partitas, making us all rethink articulation and tempo for Bach, and producing a particularly beautiful version of Partita 6 (E minor), one of Gould's favourite pieces.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Reinout Dekhuijzen
  • Matthew MacDonald
Date First Submitted:01/04/1996