J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Yehudi Menuhin
Individual Works:Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3, in C, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:5 63035 2
Year Released/Recorded:Recorded: 1934-36
Total Playing Time:168:09
Comments:Tal Guttman said:

A very old recording, But if you're not afraid of it's age, you'll get one of the best preformances. Menuhin is amazing, especially in the Ciaccona, so If you're into works for solo violin, I highly recomend this one.

Shinyoung Kang said:

I am disappointed about the fact that there was only one comment on this magnificent recording. I guess it doesn't do a justice to this superb recording. I cannot recommend this recording to a biginner whose ears are not used to old mono recording because the sound quality is no where near stereo/4D recordings.
But I strongly recommend this album to music lovers all over the world who either enjoys listening to authentic or modern instrument.
I must say that Menuhin's newer recording is a whole lot different set of music making. Personally I prefer older EMI Reference version which contains his (barely 20) naive approach to music and freshness which is lacking in the newer version.
This set proves that Menuhin's interpretation is clear, sweet, emotional, and also well thought/prepared. You will have to listen to this magnificent album in order to appreciate why Menuhin is one of the most favourite violinist in 20th century.
I hope many listners will be able to appreciate this great album.

Koosha said:

Young Menuhin's approach to these works, resembles the interpratation of George Enescu with whom he was studying at the time of recording.He plays with deep conviction and a heavenly greatness and an almost flawless technique. His later recording, though lacks the technichal excellence.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Tal Guttman
  • Shinyoung Kang
  • Kousha
Date First Submitted:02/11/1997