J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Trio Sonatas

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Christopher Herrick
Instrumentation:Organ
Individual Works:Sonata in C minor BWV 526
Sonata in E minor BWV 528
Sonata in C major BWV 529
Sonata in D minor BWV 527
Sonata in G major BWV 530
Sonata in E flat major BWV 525
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hyperion
Catalog Number:CDA66390
Year Released/Recorded:1989
Total Playing Time:72' 00"
Comments:Jonathan Lilley said:

Herrick's Bach playing just sounds so natural, musical and unpedantic. There's also a sense of fun occasionally - Check out the last movement of BWV 525! The instrument is just right, too.

Jordan Sayers said:

Many have wondered what Bach's intention was in composing these pieces. Regardless of the reason, Herrick brings these to life with his usual skill and artistry.
Herrick writes in the liner notes that Bach's self-given task was "to make a set of organ works equivalent to chamber sonatas in specific Italian or Italianate genres". The sound of the Metzler organ of the Parish Church of St. Nikolaus in Bremgarten, Switzerland is great and the sound quality on the cd is, as usual, flawless. A must have for any lover of Bach's organ works.

DW said:

Well, I must disagree with the two previous reviewers. While there is nothing "wrong" with any of the performances, I don't find them to be particularly outstanding on a musical level. On the contrary, they seem rather polite and academic to me.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Jonathan Lilley
  • Jordan Sayers
  • DW
Date First Submitted:03/20/1999