Classical Recordings

Works reviewed: 
The Art of the Fugue, J.S. Bach
Badinerie, BWV 1067, Johann Sebastian Bach
Overture No. 6 in g minor BWV 1070, Johann Sebastian Bach
Fantasia and Fugue in c minor BWV 537, Johann Sebastian Bach
Suite No. 1 in C Major, BWV 1066, Johann Sebastian Bach
Fugue in G Major, BWV 577, Johann Sebastian Bach
Concerto No. 1 BWV 592, Johann Sebastian Bach
Washington Post, The
Washington, DC
Apr 2 1989
By: 
Joseph McLellan

Authentic Instruments: Tried and True [taken from a review of multiple recordings] Let me hasten to add that authentic sound is not the only value in the performance of old music. A prime and current example from MCA Records is Bach on Sax (MCAD-6264),

in which the Amherst Saxophone Quartet performs four items from Art of the Fugue, as well as a half-dozen other instrumental pieces, on instruments that were not even invented until a century after the death of Johann Sebastian Bach. The performances are nonetheless dazzling and imbued with the composers spirit, not only in Art of the Fugue, for which Bach specified no instruments, but in the Badinerie from the Orchestral Suite No. 2, which was written for flute and strings, and in other works composed for organ or string orchestra.

Classical Recordings