J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

J.S. Bach on Marimba

Main Performer
or Conductor:
PJ Merola
Individual Works:Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue
Chorale:Ich Hab'mein' Sach' Gott Heimgestellt
Violin Sonata No. 1
Cello Suite No. 3
Chorale: Vater unser im Himmelreich
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:GMP
Catalog Number:GMP01
Year Released/Recorded:2001
Total Playing Time:52:01
Related Web Site:http://www.pjmerola.com
Comments:Richard Smitters :

These JS Bach Transcriptions for Marimba mark a new era in Bach transcriptions. These works, transcribed by the performer himself, provide a profound example of how incredibly Bach's music can transfer between mediums. Mr. Merola's clever interpretation and arrangement is thought provoking as well.

Patricia Walz said:

This recording is riddled with note errors. I cannot believe this young man is actually selling this recording. Anyone who knows Bach will cringe while listening. It is not an interpretation problem, although PJ seems to have little knowledge as to Bach phrasing. Many of Bach's notes have been learned wrong - particularly in the G Minor Sonata Fugue. Horrible.

John Murphy said:

Very Nice. I have never heard such an arrangment in a simple and clear way as this is. I'm very surprised to hear someone on this page they thought it to be bad. The recording has a live and breathing nature to it that even if there are bad notes (which I didnt hear at all!) it is still very musical and elegant, which is what music is all about!!! Bravo

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Richard Smitters-GMP Productions
  • Patricia Walz
  • John Murphy
Date First Submitted:01/28/2002