J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Suites and Sonata: Transcriptions for Guitar

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Göran Söllscher
Individual Works:Suite in E flat maor
(transcription of Suite No. 1 in G major for solo cello)
BWV 1007

Suite in G minor
(transcription of Suite No. 1 in G manor for solo cello)
BWV 1008

Sonata in B flat major
(transcription of the Sonata No. 3 in C major for solo violin)
BWV 1005

Sarabande and Govotte in E flat major
(from the Suite No. 6 in D major for solo cello)
BWV 1012

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Grammophon
Catalog Number:435 471-2
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:59'45
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

An outstanding recording. Göran Söllscher transcribed these pieces which are not typically played on guitar. It is certainly a tribute to the genius of Bach that his music moves across the instrumental genres so easily. In the liner notes Göran Söllscher says, "In working on the arrangements I soon noticed that, except for the change of keys, there was little need to make any further alterations: the original versions were already perfectly suited to the new instrument. Therefore, I play here essentially just what Bach wrote, with a few extra bass notes where necessary."

He plays an alto guitar, which is a customised guitar with 11 strings, including bass strings. Not only is the instrument beautiful to listen to but his performance is exceptional. His impressive technique and interpretation made this recording a joy to listen to; I found myself craving more and playing it over and over again. I couldn't ask for more in a guitar performance of Bach and highly recommend this recording.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:10/03/1997