J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, Vol. 1

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Rachel Podger
Individual Works:BWV 1001, BWV 1002, BWV 1004
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Channel Classics
Catalog Number:12198
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Comments:Steven Thomas Smith said:

I ran out to purchase this recording after hearing it reviewed on NPR's "All Things Considered." I can still hear the power of the gut strings on Podger's baroque violin, even though I was introduced to them on a car radio. The unanimously superlative reviews and recommendations of this recording are all well-deserved.

J. Daniel Reyes said:

Podger's deference to the original score, judicious use of ornament and flawless technique on the baroque violin combine to make this recording surely one of the most revelatory of all the many recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas. Beauty and sublimity are revealed as being inherant to the music itself and not simply to the interpretation. Very highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Steven Thomas Smith
  • J. Daniel Reyes
Date First Submitted:11/30/2001