J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gidon Kremer
Individual Works:Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3, in C, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:416 651-2
Year Released/Recorded:1980
Total Playing Time:124 min.
Comments:David Perrine said:

Taut, sharply etched performances in the Kremer manner. Very modern with a wide range of tone colors, some off the string bowing, and a vibrato than ranges from non-existent to very thick. Kremer's attack can be brutal but he avoids the sustained heavy sound that makes many versions tiring. These are unconventional interpretations and might not be your first choice if you only wanted one version; but in their own way they are superb.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • James Kelly
  • David Perrine
Date First Submitted:01/31/1996