J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Inventions and Sinfonias (Complete)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wolfgang Rübsam
Individual Works:Inventions 1-15 (BWV 772 - BWV 786)
Sinfonias 1-15 (BWV 787 - BWV 801)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Naxos
Catalog Number:8.550960
Year Released/Recorded:1993
Total Playing Time:66' 06"
Comments:Hieu Tran said:

Even for a budget label, this recording just does not cut it. Wolfgang Rubsam is reputedly a Bach keyboard interpreter; however, his interpretations of the Two-Part and Three-Part Inventions are very slow and very--surprisingly--rubato for a set of Baroque compositions. Even though this is one of the rare albums I've found that has both versions of the Two-Part Invention no. 1, which makes the number of piece played thirty-one, Bach's Inventions when played should not require more than 66 minutes of playing time. The slow interpretation plus the horrible ten- to fifteen-second pauses in between each track make this CD something one can do without.

Jan Hanford said:

I didn't know the Inventions could be played badly until I heard this recording; it's truly awful. I usually enjoy Rubsam's performances but he's really off on this one. The slow tempos are nice, most keyboardists play them too fast. But all that rubato and the absurd and frequent pauses just ruin these works making this recording unlistenable.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Hieu Tran
And, sadly, from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/26/1998