J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Anthony Newman Plays J.S. Bach on the Pedal Harpsichord and Organ

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Anthony Newman
Pedal Harpsichord
Individual Works:Passacaglia & Fugue in C minor BWV 582
Trio Sonata No.1 in E Flat Major BWV 525
Fantasy & Fugue in C minor BWV 537
Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV 544
Prelude and Fugue in G Major (Great) BWV 541
Fantasy & Fugue in G minor BWV 542
Format:Vinyl Record
Record Label:Columbia Masterworks
Catalog Number:MS 7309
Year Released/Recorded:unknown-early 70's?
Total Playing Time:49:37
Comments:Thomas R. Draughon said:

This has been one of my most favorite recordings since I found it at my library in the mid-70's. The performances of these pieces have an infectious energy to them, as well as a technical mastery that will blow your socks off. One can almost imagine J.S. himself as the performer. More than once have I listened to a cut on this LP and at the end said, "God! That was good! I have to hear that again!" I have two copies of this LP and they are both plain worn out. If anyone out there knows where I can find a clean copy of this on vinyl or CD please let me know. This recording is, for me, the yardstick by which all other performances of these works are measured.

Tom Draughon

From the cover:
New York Times:
Anthony Newman and the pedal harpsichord arrived last night for a local debut and neither is likely to be forgotten soon. Mr. Newman dazzled his audience with a severely difficult Bach program... His driving rythms and formidable technical mastery, which included not only complete independence of fingers and hands but of feet as well, and his intellectually cool understanding of structures moved his audience to cheers... Mr. Newman impressed one as having the kind of personal communication such performers as Glen Gould are known for. Certainly the technical mastery approaches the best in the keyboard fields... Mr. Newman ended the program with the Passacaglia & Fugue in C Minor, and the fury of the finale, in which he added arpeggios and trills to build up the sonority, drove his audience to applaud and cheer for two minutes before he agreed to play an encore... The way he plays Bach and the harpsichord, he could just stop right there.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Thomas R. Draughon
Date First Submitted:01/01/2000