|Jan Hanford said:|
There is a lot of interest surrounding the abundance of recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, while these works for Violin and Harpsichord are surprisingly neglected. I can't imagine why; they're stunning. Go get them!
This is some of the liveliest Bach around. The sonatas have an almost Italian/Vivaldi style to them. Some of the slow movements rival the Brandenburgs with their beautiful melodies and ingenious accompaniment. Regarding the accompaniment: this is not continuo. The harpsichord is integrated with the violin, providing a constant melodic background as well as frequent harmonic and contrapuntal interplay with the violin. Christiane Jaccottet's performance is perfect and the addition of Philippe Mermoud on cello for two of the sonatas rounds out the sound. Grumiaux's performance is a little screechy and forceful for my taste.
I prefer the Goebel with Hill, Tenenbaum with Ranck and Kapp or Holloway with Moroney recordings.
Bob Gonzalez said:
This seems to be the same recording as 426 452-2 at a recording time of 2.09'11". Also present and credited on this recording is Philippe Mermoud on cello. Gorgeous marriage of these two instruments. The compositions somewhat approximate the feeling of the Brandenberg Concerti. Bach's father was a violinist and taught his son the basics of strings. I took a chance on this recording because I have loved the unaccompanied cello suites for nearly twenty years. The harpsichord & violin duets possess all the vigor, passion and precision of composition of Bach at his best.