J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Seven Toccatas for Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wolfgang Rübsam
Individual Works:Toccata in F Sharp Minor, BWV 910
Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Naxos
Catalog Number:8.550708
Year Released/Recorded:1989/1993
Total Playing Time:77'52"
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

The toccatas are some of Bach's most interesting and exciting keyboard works. There are very few recordings of the Toccatas on piano. This is a very beautiful performance by Rubsam. As far as I can tell he uses no sustain pedal, his rubato performance is extraordinary. This is not a dramatic piano performance, no loud pounding. It's expressive, lively and lyrical playing of these amazing and complex works. Recommended.

ACromwell_99(Alan Carmel) said:

A most interesting approach. Opposite of Glenn Gould, plenty of rubato. Sounds a little strange at first, but grows on you until it is transcendental. BWV 911 (c minor) is particularly beautiful.

  • ACromwell_99(Alan Carmel)From the collection of Jan Hanford.
  • Date First Submitted:06/08/1997