J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Marianne Ronez
Soloists:Marianne Ronez, violin
Ernst Kubitsche, harpsichord
Individual Works:Sonata in B minor, BWV 1014
Sonata in A major, BWV 1015
Sonata in E major, BWV 1016
Sonata in C minor, BWV 1017
Sonata in F minor, BWV 1018
Sonata in G major, BWV 1019
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Winter&Winter
Catalog Number:910 047-2
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 42:01
cd 2: 51:44
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

Winter&Winter puts out recordings of consistent high quality and I've very rarely been disappointed. The packaging is particularly lovely for this one. However, the booklet contains no information about the sonatas and, instead, provides a very brief and strange bio of Bach and short bios of the musicians. The music: sublime!

The performances are lovely, particularly the harpsichord. The sound of the baroque violin is a little thinner than the modern violin and the tone goes very nicely with the harpsichord. I found the tempos to be lively without being frenetic and the slow movements are sweet and expressive. The recording has a lot of reverb and I think the instruments would have sounded better miked more closely. However, the performances are so extraordinary that I do highly recommend this cd.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:01/29/2002