J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Six Keyboard Partitas, Vols. 1 & 2

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Sergey Schepkin
Individual Works:Volume 1:

Partita I in B-flat, BWV 825
Partita II in C minor, BWV 826
Partita III in A minor, BWV 827
Partita IV in D, BWV 828

Volume 2:

Partita V in G, BWV 829
Partita VI in E minor, BWV 830
Four Duets, BWV 802-805
Overture in the French Style in B minor, BWV 831

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Ongaku Records
Catalog Number:024-108 & 024-109
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:66' & 73'
Comments:Sergey Schepkin said:

This is the recording of the Bach Keyboard Partitas (plus the Four Duets and the French Overture) that I made in 1995. At that time, I was quite happy with it, and still think it has some good playing (albeit would play many things differently now). It was well received by Fanfare, American Record Guide, Listener Magazine, and The BBC Music Magazine, and was (predictably) trashed by The Gramophone. So it's up to you guys to decide whether it's a good recording or a piece of garbage. My recording of The Well-Tempered Clavier, made in 1998, is coming out this year, also on Ongaku. Thank you for your attention.

Joshua A. Smith said:

My initial impression of Schepkin's treatment of ornamentation was a bit overwhelming. After a couple of weeks of listening to the album the abundance of ornaments began to reveal themselves and formed beautiful symmetries and relationships between the phrases. Very impressive work. The dynamics were treated very appropriately. It is quite evident from this recording that Schepkin has a deep and passionate understanding for these masterpieces. Sergey successfully leads the listner into the infinite transcendental imagination of the immortal genius; Johann Sebastion Bach. Bravo to Schepkin.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Sergey Schepkin
  • Joshua A. Smith
Date First Submitted:02/20/1999