J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Trio Sonatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Musica Pacifica
Soloists:Judith Linsenberg (recorder)
Elizabeth Bloomenstock (baroque violin)
Elisabeth Le Guin (baroque cello)
Edward Parmentier (harpsichord)
Individual Works:Arranged by Judith Linsenberg from Trio Sonatas for organ BWV 525-530:

Sonata No. 1 in E-flat major (trans. to B-flat), BWV 525
Sonata No. 2 in C minor (trans. to E), BWV 526
Sonata No. 3 in D minor (trans. to G), BWV 527
Sonata No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528
Sonata No. 5 in C major (trans. to F), BWV 529
Sonata No. 6 in G major (trans. to C), BWV 530

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Virgin Classics Veritas
Catalog Number:7243 5 45192 2 2
Year Released/Recorded:1993
Total Playing Time:70:17
Related Web Site:http://www.musicapacifica.org/
Comments:Scott Blair said:

I hate to admit it, but I like this recording of the trio sonatas better than others which are performed on the organ (even such good recordings such as Ton Koopman's). The use of different instruments for the top two lines - recorder and violin - make for a greater variety of tone colours, and gives more character to the themes. Judy Linsenberg has done a marvelous job of transcribing these works, and even though most of them have been transposed, and sometimes the musical lines have been altered to suite the limited range of the recorder, they come off sounding very natural. For anyone who finds solo organ music abrasive or monotonous, and has been turned off by the trio sonatas, this recording will definitely be welcome. This is one CD that is sure to please any who hear it.

Jan Hanford said:

I bought this recording based on the above recommendation and it is gorgeous. It gives a whole different feeling to the Trio Sonatas. These expert transcriptions bring these works into the family of Bach's other instrument music, of which there can never be enough. The performance is virtuoso; their sensitivity to the music is above the average. The equal to any of the European "original instruments" recordings, it is all at once energetic, intimate, elegant, delicate ... I can't recommend this recording highly enough.

Update 11/23/2001: sadly this recording is out of print but hopefully will be brought back by Virgin some day.

Eugene Herron said:

Like Jan I purchased this work based upon the recommendations that I read here. I'm quite pleased to have done so. The works are faithful sounding transcriptions with their own directions and an appropriate degree of austerity balanced with texture.

As an interesting aside, the work was in part supported by a grant from the American Recorder Society.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Eiji Miki
  • Scott Blair
  • Eugene Herron
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:02/22/1998