J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Yehudi Menuhin
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:EMI
Catalog Number:CZS 569249 2
Year Released/Recorded:1960s(?)
Comments:Loke Hoe Yeong said:

Anyone admirer of Yehudi Menuhin must get this recording. If you want a fresh recording, get this instead of his earlier 1930s recording. Menuhin is as awe-inspiring as ever. He does not play as fast as Heifetz but still impresses the listener with a manageable speed. His playing is not as heavy as Nathan Milstein, which is ideal for those who do not favour a hard approach to Bach.

Of course, there is the ever-stunning Chaccone, played by an equally stunning maestro. When I hear this and read the extract from Menuhin's autobiography where he described playing the Chaccone admidst 'thunder and lightning' (played during his last lesson with Enesco), I feel Menuhin was not exaggerating - he was telling the truth.

Totally recomendable. Has won award from the French 'Diapason Historique'.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Loke Hoe Yeong
Date First Submitted:05/10/1998