J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings


Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jean Louis Steuerman
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Chamber Orchestra of Europe, conducted by James Judd
Individual Works:Piano Concerto in D Minor, BWV 1052
Piano Concerto in G Minor, BWV 1058
Piano Concerto in F Minor, BWV 1056
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:420 200-2
Year Released/Recorded:1986
Total Playing Time:45'
Comments:Kevin Kuehlwein said:

A disappointing, very tepid performance of some marvelous pieces. It feels rushed by the pianist and draws out none of the incredible range of feeling of these works. While the pianist is technically competent, he seems to show no soul in these very soulful works. I found this to be a much inferior recording to the Gould version. The sound is oddly muffled as well, dulling an already banal performance. It almost sounds as if there is a blanket over the piano with poor articulation of some very wonderfully staccato sections. For some odd reason, moreover, the liner notes say literally nothing about Bach or the pieces, only several translations of fulsome praise about the performer. Perhaps because this is an early recording the music offered is, furthermore, rather stingy in its length.

Jorge Gallegos said:

I have recently heard this recording again and I have to tell you that I completly disagree with the comments you have posted in your site. These are wonderfully articulated,stylish and dramatic performances.One forgets all arguments about the appropriatness of the modern piano,such is the integrity and meaningfulness of these interpretations.The piano playing is brilliant and controlled, the phrasing lyrical yet restrain, and the music flows endlessly. These are marvellous performances. I%m afraid that your critic was having a bad hair day.

Jan Hanford said:

Or perhaps the first critic is simply entitled to his own opinion. Anyone is entitled to disagree with an opinion but saying he's "having a bad hair day" is simply arrogance.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Michael Brown
  • Kevin Kuehlwein
  • Jorge Gallegos
Date First Submitted:02/05/1996