J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Norbert Petry
Individual Works:45 chorals of the Orgel-Büchlein, BWV599-644
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:K617
Catalog Number:4
Year Released/Recorded:1990
Comments:"We will not enter into the detailed analysis often so authoritatively made of the "expressive constants" underlying these chorals, but we would like to comment on and explain the choices made from a registration point of view. The choice of acoustic background is based not only on the text, but also on the elocution suggested by the musical material (rich in consonants for the "rhythmic" chorales and full of strong interpolations ; rich in vowels and melismas or the "contemplativ" or ornamented chorals ...) and by freely and subjectively interpreting the emotional content, using alternately restrained and sometimes almost vivacious tempi. The text themselves are not conducive to tepidness !" (Norbert PETRY).
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Emmanuelle HENRY
Date First Submitted:05/13/1996