J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Flute and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Michala Petri
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Keith Jarret
Individual Works:Sonata in B minor for Flute and Harpsichord
Sonata in E flat for Flute and Harpsichord
Sonata in A for Flute and Harpsichord
Sonata in C for Flute and Continuo
Sonata in E minor for Flute and Continuo
Sonata in E for Flute and Continuo
Record Label:RCA Red Seal
Catalog Number:9026-61274-2
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Comments:Christopher Hillman said:

I grew up with the LP recording by Rampal and Veyron-Lacroix, but hearing Petri play these on the recorder was a revelation.

Jan Hanford said:

I am happy to be able to recommend this recording.

My expectations were low. Although Petri is famous and world-class, I have trouble admiring any musician that has recorded Greensleeves. ;-) But, in this case, her performance of the flute sonatas on recorder is spectacular. Astonishing articulation and phrasing, every noted is perfect. The sometimes shrill high notes that can be troublesome in recorder are nicely controlled; her tone is sweet.

Keith Jarrett is not a favorite of mine. He groans too much on his solo recordings and his harpsichord performances seem merely adequate, at best. On this cd his performance is indeed adequate, approaching nicely done. His addition of distracting ornamentation, a la Koopman, is my only real complaint. However, he uses the buff stop on one movement which gains points in my view.

This cd is delightful surprise: highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Christopher Hillman
  • Duffy Pratt
And from the collection of ">Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:06/12/1995