J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Switched-On Bach

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wendy Carlos
Individual Works:Sinfonia to Cantata No. 29, BWV 29
Air on the G String, BWV 1067
Two -Part Invention No. 8 in F Major, BWV 779
Two-Part Invention No. 14 in B-Flat Major, BWV 785
Two-Part Invention No 4 in D Minor, BWV 775
Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring, BWV 147
Prelude and Fugue No. 7 in E-Flat Major from WTC Book 1, BWV 852
Prelude and Fugue No. 2 in C Minor from WTC Book 1, BWV 847
Chorale Prelude "Wachet Auf", BWV 140
Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 in G Major, BWV 1048
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Sony Masterworks
Catalog Number:SK 53789
Year Released/Recorded:Originally Released: 1968
This re-release: 1992
Total Playing Time:40:13
Related Web Site:http://www.wendycarlos.com/
Comments:Limited Edition 20-bit "super bit mapping" process. 24-karat gold reflective surface, a special picture label, and deluxe packaging.

This recording is as astonishing now as it was in 1968. Wendy Carlos created truly beautiful sounds from the original analog Moog synthesiser. Her performance was often delicate and expressive and the whole effect is tremendously musical and exciting. She is an astonishing musician, truly one of a kind.

IMO this recording launched a revival of Bach in the recording industry in the 1960's that is going strong today, as well as starting the huge public interest in synthesisers as a musical instrument. But no one has come close to her interpretive and technical skills.

Addendum 12/11/99:

Wendy Carlos' back catalog of Switched-On Bach recordings has been re-released in Switched-On Boxed Set, including the exquisitely beautiful "Well-Tempered Synthesizer".

Addendum 1/01/02:

The re-issued version in the boxed set has now been released as a single cd.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/14/1995