J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Weiland Kuijken and Gustav Leonardt
Soloists:Weiland Kuijken - Viola da gamba
Gustav Leonardt - harpsichord
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Sonate BWV 1027
Sonate BWV 1028
Sonate BWV 1029
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:CDC 7 47964 2
Year Released/Recorded:1974
Total Playing Time:46.27
Comments:John W Bruce said:

If you have not yet discovered the viola da gamba - try this recording for size!!
The clarity is quite excellent with the sonority of the viola da gamba just in front of the beautiful harpsichord - as it should be.
Another interesting point is that this work (1717-1723) was written for Prince Leopold of Anhalt-Coethen, himself an amateur player of some ability, and thus shows the probable standard of such players in bowing and manual dexterity. Another interesting feature of this recording is that it illustrates one of Bach's ornaments rather well, 'the shake', in the finale of Sonata I, bars 37-38.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John W Bruce
Date First Submitted:08/11/2001