J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Trio Sonatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Heinz Holliger
Soloists:Heinz Holliger, Oboe & Oboe d'amore
Tabea Zimmermann, Viola
Christiane Jaccottet, Harpsichord
Thomas Demenga, Violoncello
Individual Works:Sonata no. 1 in E flat, BWV 525
Sonata no. 2 in c minor, BWV 526
Sonata no. 3 in d minor, BWV 527
Sonata no. 4 in e minor, BWV 528
Sonata no. 5 in C, BWV 529
Sonata no. 6 in G, BWV 530
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:422 328-2
Year Released/Recorded:1987
Total Playing Time:63:07
Comments:Thomas Hubeart said:

Bach's Trio Sonatas are usually played on the organ, although they were probably intended for the pedal harpsichord, an instrument as extinct today as the dodo bird. Heinz Holliger and friends bring out the color of these pieces more sucessfully than most organ performances do. Particularly noteworthy in this modern instruments account is the spirited rendition of the final sonata, BWV 530 in G.

Jan Hanford said:

The extraordinary talent of Heinz Holliger makes any of his recordings a must-have. This transcription for ensemble of the organ trio sonatas is perfection. Although it's more harpsichord dominant than more recent transcriptions/recordings, the mix of oboe, viola and cello is very beautiful.

I searched for this recording for years and finally found it on eBay.

It is an outrage that this jewel of a recording is out of print. It is difficult to feel sorry for a recording industry that takes treasures like this out of the market. At the least they could let the copyright revert to the artist: a new, radical and intelligent concept which allows artists to re-release their own work when the giant record company tires of it. If it weren't for eBay many of these wonderful recordings would be lost forever.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas Hubeart
  • Guy Steven Tapper
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/08/1996