J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Six Partitas for Keyboard

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Trevor Pinnock
Individual Works:Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Archiv Produktion
Catalog Number:415 493-2
Year Released/Recorded:1985
Total Playing Time:130 mins
Comments:Comments by Jan Hanford:

This is the best harpsichord performance of the keyboard partitas I've heard. Trevor Pinnock's mastery of the harpsichord is impressive. His variation of the stops is refreshing and his spirited rhythms make for joyous listening. This is a surprisingly warm recording, lacking the crispy clanging of some harpsichord recordings. His expression is subtle and makes the most of the harpsichord's variations in tone, while also varying tempos to highlight the many wonderful themes. It is a performance of absolute perfection. Sadly this treasure is out of print. One has to wonder what record companies are thinking...

Update: He has re-recorded the Partitas for Hanssler and it's a great recording! Click here.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:02/26/1996