J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Virtuoso Guitar Transcriptions

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Nicola Hall
Individual Works:Partita No2 in D Minor for solo violin BWV 1004
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Decca
Catalog Number:430 839-2CD
Year Released/Recorded:1991
Total Playing Time:28:20 (Partita only)
Comments:Mike Flemmer said:

My rating (on a scale of 1-10): 10+

The Bach guitar recording of the decade! Maybe of all time! Extraordinary artistry, technique, interpretation, and emotional impact from beginning to end. Her phrasing, rhythm and technique are exactly what I've always wanted to hear but could never find before. The guitar string tones are remarkably beautiful- especially the low notes, which are as full and resonate as a low note from a pipe organ pipe. Her transcription is truly inspired. The level of artistic quality and insight is unusual- this is what sets her apart from other performers. Each movement is remarkable and they flow together and instinctively prepare the listener for the final movement, the Chaconne. This Chaconne is the one you have been looking for- thought provoking and deeply moving.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mike Flemmer
Date First Submitted:01/24/1999