J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Three Sonatas for Violin Solo

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Carlo Grante
Individual Works:Very Freely Transcribed and Adapted for Piano by Leopold Godowsky:

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, (Partita No. 1) BWV 1002
Sonata No. 3, in C, (Sonata No. 2 in A minor) BWV 1005

Sonata Nş 1 in G minor , BWV1001
Sonata (or Partita Nş1) Nş 2 in B minor , BWV1002
Sonata Nş 3 in A minor , BWV1003

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Music & Arts
Catalog Number:CD-1039
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:70:43
Related Web Site:http://www.musicandarts.com/
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

These unusual transcriptions are sometimes very dramatic, approaching the style of Lizst, and at other times very much like Bach. Some of the movements are barely recognizable but are still remarkably beautiful. I enjoyed this and the cello suites disc very much, keeping in mind it is not meant to be a pure transcription. I found the Andante of Sonata No. 3 to be particularly lovely.

Purist fans of the original works may have some difficulty in appreciating this recording but I would expect piano fans to enjoy it.

Carlo Grante is an extraordinary pianist, his performance is excellent.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/02/2000