J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Seven Toccatas for Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Edward Parmentier
Individual Works:Toccata in F Sharp Minor, BWV 910
Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Wildboar
Catalog Number:WLBR9402
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Total Playing Time:68'12
Related Web Site:http://www.musicaloffering.com/
Comments:Olga Radko said:

Very intereseting interpretation of all toccatas played on a 1785 harpsichord (made just 100 years after J.S. Bach was born). Crisp, clear sound. Shows that Toccattas are great art, not just "exercises" (as some textbooks say). Overall exellent performance! I think it is available at www.musicaloffering.com.

Jan Hanford said:

This is the kind of ugly recording that puts people off the harpsichord. Parmentier plays much too fast, the result is choppy chaos. The harpsichord sound is awful; the constant use of the octave stop (two choirs playing together in octaves) is very unpleasant. I could barely sit through it and my husband left the room and told me to let him know when it was over. I would recommend any other recording than this abrasive disaster.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Olga Radko
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/05/2000