J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
David Geringas
Accompaniment/Orchestra: Hanns Martin Schneidt
Soloists:David Geringas, viola da gamba
Hanns Martin Schneidt, harpsichord
Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G major, BWV 1027
Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in D major, BWV 1028
Sonata for viola da gamba and harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Edelweiss Records
Year Released/Recorded:1989
Total Playing Time:42:22
Comments:Alastair Asher said:

Beautifully understated performances. I would call the playing elegant and well-judged. It's perfectly adapted to the music.

Hanns Martin Schneidt, who I have heard nothing of except his playing on this recording, is an excellent harpsichordist, who possesses a perfect sense of timing, which in my opionion is essential in harpsichord playing, and which virtually no-one has. David Geringas, who I gather is a 'regular' cellist as well as a viola da gamba player, plays the instrument in a warm, unashamedly modern style, using a fair amount of vibrato when positions allow it. Of course, most of the time it is not possible. This is quite nice when done lightly, as he does it.

The sound of the instruments is very well balanced (unlike in the Pinnock/Manson recording where the harpsichord is sadly extremely grating and harsh). I think this recording may be difficult to find. Well worth it if you come across it though.

The alternative on modern instruments which I would recommend is the Glenn Gould/Leonard Rose recording, another excellent collaboration (one can only regret that they never recorded the Beethoven sonatas as Rose wanted to).

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Alastair Asher
Date First Submitted:02/15/2007