J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Four Orchestral Suites

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Gunar Letzbor
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Ars Antiqua Austria
Soloists:Gunar Letzbor, Violin
Christian Gurtner, Flute
Individual Works:Suite No. 1 in C major BWV 1066
Suite No. 2 in B minor BWV 1067
Suite No. 3 in D major BWV 1068
Suite No. 4 in D major BWV 1069
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Chesky
Catalog Number:CD142
Year Released/Recorded:1996
Total Playing Time:70:18
Comments:John Olivares said:

A rather good version of the suites by a period instrument ensemble available on a single CD. The ensemble is smallish, with single strings per part throughout. The recording is very clear, although the harpsichord seems a little more distant than it should. The tempo is brisk; again, the four suites are on one CD here, but brisk tempos seem to be becoming the norm for baroque interpretations anyway. There are only a few weaknesses on this disc... for example, the Air on Suite No. 3 is played too mechanically and without emotion. The fine playing elsewhere on the disc and excellent sound more than make up for this. Overall, this is a recording I would recommend for anyone looking for a period performance on a single CD.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Olivares
Date First Submitted:10/19/2001