J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Clavier-ubung Parts I, II and IV

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ralph Kirkpatrick
Individual Works:Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Partita for Keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830
Overture in the French style in B minor, BWV 831
Italian Concerto, BWV 971
Duet for Organ in E minor, BWV 802
Duet for Organ in F major, BWV 803
Duet for Organ in G major, BWV 804
Duet for Organ in A minor, BWV 805
English Suite no 6 in D minor, BWV 811
Goldberg Variations, BWV 988
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Music & Arts
Catalog Number:4976
Year Released/Recorded:Recorded: 1952
This Release: 2000
Total Playing Time:CD 1 76:45
CD 2 74:43
CD 3 66:56
CD 4 52:47
Related Web Site:http://www.musicandarts.com/HistoricalClassical_2.html
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

Another long-awaited release of early recordings by Ralph Kirkpatrick. The recordings in this 4 cd set are milestones in the history of Bach recordings. The idea of historically accurate instruments was a new concept as was Kirkpatrick's approach to interpretation. The sound is often mechanical, sometimes harsh but frequently lovely. His tempos are somewhat slower than what we're used to now but sound delightfully appropriate to the music. Having studied with Wando Landowska, he brought Bach into the modern recording age with these recordings and set the standard by which many subsequent musicians have been measured. Highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/17/2001