J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Six Suites for Violoncello Solo

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nikolaus Harnoncourt
Individual Works:Disc 1:
Suite no. 1 in G, BWV 1007
Suite no. 2 in d, BWV 1008
Suite no. 3 in C, BWV 1009
Disc 2:
Suite no. 4 in Eb, BWV 1010
Suite no. 5 in c, BWV 1011
Suite no. 6 in D, BWV 1012
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Musical Heritage Society
Catalog Number:525776Z
Year Released/Recorded:1965
Total Playing Time:61:47, 78:49
Comments:Thomas Hubeart said:

I wish I could like this release more than I do. However, although Nikolaus Harnoncourt's playing is certainly fervent and committed, the dry acoustic that besets this 1965 recording makes it a hard disc to enjoy. I also find the artistry to be somewhat on the antiseptic side, as though in (over)reaction to Romanticism and its excesses. It is nice to hear Suite 6 played on what is thought to be its intended instrument, the "violoncello piccolo," but in other respects I have to classify this release as closer to a history lesson than to a living, breathing performance of these classic works.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
Date First Submitted:12/17/2002