J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (with piano accompaniment by Robert Schumann)

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Benjamin Schmid
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Lisa Smirnova
Soloists:Benjamin Schmid, violin
Lisa Smirnova, piano
Individual Works:with piano accompaniment by Robert Schumann

Sonata no. 1 BWV 1001
Partita no. 1 BWV 1002
Sonata no. 2 BWV 1003
Partita no. 2 BWV 1004
Sonata no. 3 BWV 1005
Partita no. 3 BWV 1006

Record Label:MDG
Catalog Number:MDG 333 0614-2
Year Released/Recorded:1995
Total Playing Time:cd 1: 53'28
cd 2: 65'30
Comments:Jan Hanford:

When I read that Robert Schumann had created a piano accompaniment to Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin I was intrigued and very curious to hear it. There are very few recordings around and even this one was somewhat difficult to find.

My first impression of the recording was pretty negative because I found the piano much too soft and uninteresting. But after repeated listenings some of the subtlety revealed itself and I found the performance very beautiful. It's not an exciting accompaniment which is the fault of Schumann, not the performers. The violin performance here of the sonatas and partitas is particularly lovely, sweet and expressive.

This is a delightful recording that I do highly recommend.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/26/2003