J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Itzhak Perlman
Individual Works:Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3, in C, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Catalog Number:7-49483-2
Year Released/Recorded:1986-1987
Total Playing Time:142min 55sec
Comments:Jose Araque said:

Perlman's performance is simply outstanding and yet, not perfect. It is in the very delicate nuances that he 'misses' that the great Jewish player proves himself human. One giant in human terms, that is. But the most human of interpreters.

Garry Ianco said:

Perlman has provided his listeners with a most glorious recording. The vast tonal qualities he has when playing puts the listener into a state of enchantment. The wonderous Chaccone of the Dm Partita takes the listener through a gamit of worlds and tonal dimensions with its enormously
difficult variations. Anyone tired of so-called "authentic" performances should check out this recording, its bound even to impress the Auer schooled listeners.

Jasper Cooper said:

One of the worst Bach recordings I have ever heard. Muddled, unexpressive. The Violin Sonatas and Partitas are perhaps some of the best things Bach wrote, and this recording does not do them justice. I can only imagine that the people who recommend this recording have not heard any others.

Shinyoung Kang said:

I am disappointed that someone can dislike one of the greatest violinist living on the earth so much. It is a bit too harsh to comment as worst recording of Bach.
I am not a fan of Perlman, minds you. I have been both impressed and also disappointed at times with his numerous recordings.
I must say that this particular recording of Bach, I was quite impressed with Perlman.
His tone is powerful and also smooth. His technique is superb which makes the music so easy to listen eventhough it is so difficult to play for most violinists.
What I think is lacking is the innermost depth of Bach's musical spirituality and emotional expression. (Compare with Milstein, Menuhin, Szerying, Grumiaux for instance)
I have to say it is a fine album overall. There are better recordings available but it is always a pleasure to hear Mr. Perlman playing.
Surely the finest recording out of all the living violinists. I will be interested to see Gil Shaham making this same music album.
Another fine interpretation of the great composer, J.S.Bach.

khaiern said:

I cannot believe that anyone can say that Perlman's recording is one of the worst: I actually think the opposite - the D minor Gigue is in a league of its own and the Chaconne is fabulous. And mind you, I've listened to both Menuhins, Grumiaux, Hilary Hahn, Suk etc. His style and intepretation is outstanding.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Nicolas Huynh
  • Jose Araque
  • Garry Ianco
  • Jasper Cooper
  • Shinyoung Kang
  • khaiern
Date First Submitted:01/05/1997