J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Seven Toccatas for Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Richard Troeger
Individual Works:Toccata in G Major, BWV 916
Toccata in D Minor, BWV 913
Toccata in E Minor, BWV 914
Toccata in D Major, BWV 912
Toccata in F Sharp Minor, BWV 910
Toccata in G Minor, BWV 915
Toccata in C Minor, BWV 911
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Lyrichord
Catalog Number:8041
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:69'35
Related Web Site:http://www.lyrichord.com/
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: Extraordinary
Recording: Excellent

Richard Troeger is currently recording and releasing many Bach keyboard works on clavichord and it is exciting to hear this rarely recorded and beautiful instrument, as well as his wonderful performance.

Suddenly there seems to be several versions available of these largely ignored keyboard toccatas of Bach's. They are unique and beautiful works; very dramatic and lively. The unusual stylistic nature of the toccatas invites the kind of expression that cannot be accomplished on harpsichord, therefore making the clavichord a natural, and still historically accurate, choice. Richard Troeger's intimate knowledge of the music and exceptional clavichord expertise makes him one of the most important keyboardists recording today. From what I've read the clavichord is a fragile and quiet instrument but in the hands of Richard Troeger it is vibrant and exciting. His intepretive skills are as impressive as his flawless technique. If I had to choose a recording of the Toccatas to recommend this would be the one. It's an excellent introduction to Bach enthusiasts unfamiliar with the clavichord and a definitive interpretation of these works.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:03/05/2000