J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Musical Offering

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gustav Leonhardt
Accompaniment/Orchestra:The Kuijkens/Kohnen
Soloists:Barthold Kuijken, transverse flute
Sigiswald Kuijken, baroque violin I
Marie Leonhardt, baroque violin II
Wieland Kuijken, bass viol
Robert Kohnen, harpsichord
Gustav Leonhardt, solo harpsichord and director
Bass Viol
Individual Works:Musical Offering, BWV 1079
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Classical/Seon
Catalog Number:SKB 63189
Year Released/Recorded:1974
Total Playing Time:48'04
Comments:Michael Christian Cifone said:

A nice addition to one's collection of period-performances of Bach's "Musikalisches Opfer." The performaces are even and freshly articulated, under the direction of the admirable Gustav Leonhardt (with Marie Leonhardt on the baroque violin). The Kuijken's provide characteristic mastery of interpretation, and blend beautifully with Leonhardt's harpsichord playing.

Noteworthy is track 9, where Leonhardt performs the great Ricercar a 6. This rendition is emotionally alive, with a moderate tempo allowing the comlexity of the movement to shine through.

In general, this performance (recorded in 1974) is not as asthetically intense and technically savy as, say, the performances of the great Musica Antiqua, under Roebel. But nonetheless, the music achieves that plane of musicality necessary to completely expose Bach as the great perennial artist he was.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael Christian Cifone
Date First Submitted:04/13/1999