J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Andrew Manze
Soloists:Andrew Manze
Richard Egarr
Jaap ter Linden, gamba and cello
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Sonata in B Minor, BWV 1014
Sonata in A Major, BWV 1015
Sonata in E Major, BWV 1016
Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1017
Sonata in F Minor, BWV 1018
Toccata and Fugue in D Minor, BWV 565, for solo violin
Sonata in G Major, BWV 1019
Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021
Sonata in E Minor, BWV 1023
Sonata in C Minor, BWV 1024
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:HMU 907250.51
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:CD1-78:58, CD2-76:58
Comments:David Rose said:

Andrew Manze has already proven himself to be one of the most imaginitive minds in the world of baroque performance. He does not limit himself to the boundaries of either the modern performer or else the historically informed performer. His contribution to the vast expanses of the well-trodden world of violin literature has never been more welcome.

His latest offering of the Violin and keyboard sonatas of J.S. Bach is yet another example of his fertile imagination, his invention (as opposed to convention), and of his supremacy both intrumentally and interpretively.

A nice little bonus on the this CD is his own transcription the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Solo violin. There is not a violinist to date who has released a more satisfying reading of these great works. Manze has the refinement of the modern player and the wonderful gesture of a baroque specialist; a rare coupling of style achieved by only one other string player to my knowledge: the cellist Peter Wispelwy.

A HIGHLY recommended recording by a HIGHLY recommended artist. I would be remiss in not acknowledging the marvelous abilities of Manze's collaborators on this project, Richard Egarr on harpsichord and Jaap ter Linden on Gamba. They are important musicians in their own right and helped to make this recording so significant.

Jan Hanford said:

I found his transcription for solo violin of the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor to be ridiculous and its inclusion with these sonatas not at all appropriate. It is a screechy mess. In concert, his explanation/theory that the work possibly originated for solo violin is absurd and egotistical. It's a shame that what would otherwise be a good (but not great) recording is ruined by this track.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • David Rose
Date First Submitted:03/15/2000