J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Sigiswald Kuijken
Instrumentation:Violin
Individual Works:Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Sonata No. 3, in C, BWV 1005
Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
Catalog Number:77043-2-RG
Year Released/Recorded:1981
Total Playing Time:128'22"
Comments:Mr. Fang-lin Hou said:

A determined departure from the "sleek" approach adopted by Perlman et al. Urgent but commited playing for those who prefer this music to sound strident and dramatic.

Andres Silva said:

This recording offers to the listener a violin playing in the old fashion manner (no-chin contact with the violin, non or minimum vibrato, etc). Some strident Giovanni Grancino Viloin.
Kuijken is one of the best performers in slow movements, with total respect to the partiture,technically and spiritualy. In this recording the listener hears J.S. Bach and not a solist as the disgusting Gideon Kremer's playing of the sonatas and partitas. I recommend this recording very highly to thoselisteners to want to hear Bach in the music and not a egocentric solist.

Julian Krishnamurti said:

For anyone that agrees with Pinchas Zuckerman in saying that authentic performance artists are idiot historians who have taken a few music lessons, I say for them to listen to this recording of the Bach Sonatas.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Mr. Fang-lin Hou
  • Andres Silva
  • Julian Krishnamurti
Date First Submitted:11/29/1995