J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Aurele Nicolet
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Karl Richter
Individual Works:Sonate in B Minor, BWV 1030
Sonate in E flat Major, BWV 1031
Sonate in A Major, BWV 1032
Sonate in G Minor, BWV 1020 (?C.Ph.E.Bach)
Partita in A Minor, for solo flute, BWV 1013
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:427 113-2
Year Released/Recorded:1973/1969
Total Playing Time:64:16
Comments:Daniel Chiesse Zandonade
Karl Richter's work is not as good as the actual ones. There is a much better recording of these sonatas performed by Trevor Pinnock.

Jan Hanford said:

Aurele Nicolet's playing is beautiful, as it is in his other recordings of these works. I don't think it's appropriate to criticise Richter's playing given the bad recording quality inflicted on the harpsichord here. There is nothing wrong with Karl Richter's playing but there is definitely something wrong with the recorded sound. The harpsichord is undermixed and sounds muffled. Although many recordings from the early 1970's sound great, this is an exception. Although it claims to be "digitally remastered" it sounds just awful. It's a shame they chose this to re-release and there are so many treasures in the Archiv Produktion catalog that have never made it to cd.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Guilherme Furtado Filho
  • Daniel Chiesse Zandonade
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/28/1995