Donald Macleod explores Bach's ten years in the city of Weimar, where he was court organist and concertmaster.
Donald describes a boast at the breakfast table which saw Bach come unstuck as he tried to dazzle a friend with his sight-reading at the keyboard. Nevertheless, the composer's decade at the ducal court in Weimar also saw him reach new heights as a chamber musician.
Fugue for Violin, BWV 1026
Elizabeth Wallfisch (violin)
Richard Tunniclifffe (cello)
Paul Nicholson (harpsichord)
HYPERION CDD22025, Tr 1
Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, BWV 564
Ton Koopman (organ)
ARCHIV 423 200-2, Trs 4-6
Cantata, BWV 54
Andreas Scholl (countertenor)
Orchestra of Collegium Vocale
Philippe Herreweghe (conductor)
HARMONIA MUNDI HMC901644, Trs 6-8
English Suite No 5, BWV 810
Christophe Rousset (harpsichord)
AMBROISIE AMB9942 CD2, Trs 14-19.