J.S. Bach
Recommended Recordings


Two-Part & Three-Part Inventions

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Kenneth Gilbert
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:TWO-PART INVENTIONS:
No. 1 in C major, BWV 772
No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773
No. 3 in D major, BWV 774
No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
No. 5 in E flat major, BWV 776
No. 6 in E major, BWV 777
No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778
No. 8 in F major, BWV 779
No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780
No. 10 in G major, BWV 781
No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782
No. 12 in A major, BWV 783
No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
No. 14 in B flat major, BWV 785
No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786

THREE-PART INVENTIONS (Sinfonias):
No. 1 in C major, BWV 787
No. 2 in C minor, BWV 788
No. 3 in D major, BWV 789
No. 4 in D minor, BWV 790
No. 5 in E flat major, BWV 791
No. 6 in E major, BWV 792
No. 7 in E minor, BWV 793
No. 8 in F major, BWV 794
No. 9 in F minor, BWV 795
No. 10 in G major, BWV 796
No. 11 in G minor, BWV 797
No. 12 in A major, BWV 798
No. 13 in A minor, BWV 799
No. 14 in B flat major, BWV 800
No. 15 in B minor, BWV 801

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:415112-2
Year Released/Recorded:1984
Total Playing Time:50:54
Comments:Petty Lai said:

For those who still don't have the plan to play all these 27 pieces by themselves on orginal instruments, this recording will give a good feel of how this whole 'project' should be like.

Liam Sinclair said:

It is quite amazing that there are very few current harpsichord versions of these incredible works available on CD and those that are available don't to them justice.

Gilbert performs these works with style,wit and just a little abandon which is truly revelatory. (In contrast to the version by Verlet on Astree,which is completely earthbound) These works were composed around the same time as the first book of the Well Temp.Clavier and are as beautiful.There is far more to them than the mere training exercises Bach purported them to be. This recording is shamefully deleted but I believe there are copies at Berkshire Record Outlet(I have no connection with Berkshire).

Jan Hanford said:

Every piano student knows these short, clever works of Bach and there are too few recordings available. Even this one is out of print which is a shame. Although there is too much reverb in the recording, Kenneth Gilbert's performance is excellent. Thankfully, his playing is not too fast which makes hearing the individual voices more possible. Also, the tuning is A=392, which may be historically accurate but I found it confusing. But it remains a highly recommended cd, I really enjoyed it.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Petty Lai
  • Liam Sinclair
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:04/08/1996
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