Bach sonatas and partitas for viola

March 15, 2005 at 05:58 PM · Hello

I played some of the Bach sonatas & partitas on viola. Now I would like to know if there is a good recording of those BWV 1001-1006 on viola. Scott Slapin made a recording and I listened to an mp3-file on his website: I was a little bit disappointed because of his excessive vibrato, his intonation and his romantic approach of the music. Does anyone know if there are other, fine recordings on viola? Thanks!

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March 16, 2005 at 01:44 AM · I am not aware of any. The violists tend to be more interested in recording the Cello Suites. There are a number of good recordings of those.

March 16, 2005 at 05:59 AM · Primrose recorded the Sonatas and Partitas, as well as some (if not all) of Paganini's Caprices on viola. I'm not sure if these are available now...I'll do some checking.


March 16, 2005 at 06:52 AM · Luc,

Alex Deych has recorded them. You can check out the CD here. The linked page also has free samples from the recording. To my tastes, Deych's interpretation is more "traditional" and less romantic than Slapin's. Deych's vibrato is certainly more restrained.

March 16, 2005 at 07:31 AM · Thanks a lot for your answers. Did anyone of you already order some cds from Is this a reliable company?

March 16, 2005 at 08:10 AM · Yes, I have bought from them before. Very quick and efficient service. I have not tried the credit card option though. I paid using PayPal.

April 7, 2005 at 10:56 AM · Hello

About my previous message concerning Scott Slapins reading of the Bach sonatas & partitas: I said I find his vibrato excessive but this opinion was based on the listening of some mp3-files on my pc. Afterwards, I burned them on a cd, listened to them on my hi-fi set and I was very charmed by Slapins controlled and nicely articulated interpretation. The vibrato came through less widely and more controlled than on my pc. As I could listen to Slapins recording in better circumstances, I changed my mind. It is an enjoyable recording that I intend to purchase now.


April 7, 2005 at 04:25 PM · Try the version by ucranian violist Anton KHOLODENKO. It is a double FHC records (?) 95001. He play much in style, very "serious" and sligth vibrato.

April 7, 2005 at 07:48 PM · The Lillian Fuchs recording of the Bach Suites, made in the 50's for Decca, has recently been released on CD. I have never heard them played better. This is one of the all-time great violin/viola recordings. Check it out!

April 7, 2005 at 08:11 PM · Suite! Oops, I meant Sweet!


April 7, 2005 at 08:33 PM · Lilian Fuch's recording of the Bach Suites have been released on CD!!! I have them on a tape that my teacher copied for me (he only has the recording because he studied with her) And i must agree that her recording Is absolutely brilliant...although I do agree that it is a bit of a romantic interpretation...which may put off baroque traditionalists out there... but it is very very convincing. My teacher has all of her bowings for the suites, and I have been well exposed to her(along with some others but she has been his biggest influence) interpretations of the Bach Suites. I have to get my hands on this CD... did they do a decent job remastering the recording???

April 8, 2005 at 06:46 AM · Hello Carlos

Are you sure that Kholodenko did record the sonatas & partitas? I find a (non available) recording of Bachs suites on the internet, but no recording of the sonatas & partitas. Do you have the references of it? Or a website where I can find more informations? Thanks!


April 8, 2005 at 11:55 AM · Hi Brandon,

I think they did a pretty good job at remastering.

By the way, if you're interested, my dear friend Amedee Williams wrote the bio on Fuchs. Amazon carries it, both in paperback and e-book versions.

There were also some string trio recordings she made with her brother Joseph Fuchs that I'm hoping will be issued on CD in the near future. They're amazing...



April 9, 2005 at 07:03 PM · fuchs fuchs fuchs fuchs! awesome stuff.

hah, read this post out loud.

April 9, 2005 at 09:42 PM · Luc: no, what I have are the cello suites on viola. not the violin sonatas and partitas.

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