J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Six Partitas for Keyboard

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Trevor Pinnock
Instrumentation:Harpsichord
Individual Works:CD 1:
Partita 1 B flat Major, BWV 825
Partita 2 C Minor, BWV 826
Partita 6 E Minor, BWV 830

CD 2:
Partita 3 A Minor, BWV 827
Partita 4 D Major, BWV 828
Partita 5 G Major, BWV 829

Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Hanssler
Catalog Number:CD 92.115
Year Released/Recorded:1998 & 1999
Total Playing Time:2h 29m 4s
Comments:Martin Andersson said:

I was really happy when I found this new recording of The Six Partitas with one of my favourite baroque performers, Mr Pinnock. Desparately I have been looking for the old Archiv recording, but only finding the BWV 825 on a CD with famous harpsichord works from Deutsche Grammophon (Cembalowerke, catalog # 463018-2).

This 2 CD set is excellent. The recording is crystal clear and the microphones appear to have been placed at a better distance from the strings, i.e. closer, than on the old Archiv recording, which has a little bit to much echoe. The bass is also better on this recording.

The performance is of course excellent, as always by Mr Pinnock. After almost twenty years since the latest recording of the Partitas, he still knows how to make the best out of these Clavier Übungen - unbelievable that they are just pieces for practicing the clavier. Every single note can be heared and together they make this wonderful music. This is my very first recording of all the Partitas, so I can't compare tempi in different movements and so on, but I trust Mr Pinnock. I strongly recommend this recording!

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Comments by Jan Hanford:

I consider Trevor Pinnock to be one of the premier interpreters of Bach. His repertoire is enormous, and so is his talent. I adore his recordings and this is no exception. Some of Bach's most accessible and delightful keyboard works played by a master. Highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Martin Andersson
And from the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:01/11/2001