J.S. Bach

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Musical Offering

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Neville Marriner
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Individual Works:Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:412 800-2
Year Released/Recorded:1979
Comments:MFG: Beautiful playing.
GFF: From "The New Penguin Guide to Compact Discs and Cassettes", Edward Greenfield, Robert Layton and Ivan March:
Sir Neville Marriner uses his own edition and instrumentation: strings with three solo violins, solo viola and a solo cello; flute, organ and harpsichord. He places the three-part "Ricercar" (scored for organ) at the beginning and the six-part "Ricercar" at the very end, scored for strings. As the centrepiece comes the "Trio Sonata" (flute, violin and continuo), and on either side the "Canons". Thurston Dart advocated playing the three-part "Ricercar" on the fortepiano (as it was probably heard in Potsdam). The actual performance here is of high quality, though some of the playing is a trifle bland. It is, however, excellently recorded and overall must be numbered among the most successful accounts of the work. Although originaly an analogue master (1980), in its CD format it is given additional presence clarity.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael F. Gail
  • Guilherme Furtado Filho
Date First Submitted:09/01/1995