J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Six Partitas for Keyboard

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Jean Louis Steuerman
Individual Works:Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
French Overture in B minor, BWV 831
Duetto No. 1 in E minor, BWV 802
Duetto No. 2 in F, BWV 803
Duetto No. 3 in G, BWV 804
Duetto No. 4 in A minor, BWV 805
Italian Concerto in F, BWV 971
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Philips
Catalog Number:456 068-2
Year Released/Recorded:1986
Total Playing Time:2.32'09"
Comments:Bob Gonzalez said:

Another Philips 2CD set bargain. The partitas are suites of dances, thus the names "Allemande," "Menuet," "Sarabande," "Scherzo," and "Gigue" among others. There are a total of 55 individual cuts on the set, including the French Overture and the Italian Concerto. Lively and well articulated playing by Steuerman. My first set of these partitas and I'm quite satisfied.

Nicholas Robins said:

Without too many surprises, but fluid, natural and unaffected playing. Beautiful.

Donald N. Satz said:

Steuerman gives pleasant performances which are always lyrical and tasteful. However, it sounds like "emotionally correct" Bach. There are no extremes. Depth, angularity, and power are in short supply. Steuerman provides a one-dimensional Bach, excellent for what is offered.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Bob Gonzalez
  • Nicholas Robins
  • Donald N. Satz
Date First Submitted:05/16/1997