- Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, for keyboard in D minor, BWV 903 (BC L34)
- Trio Sonata for organ No. 4 in E minor, BWV 528 (BC J4)
- Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
- Toccata for keyboard in D major, BWV 912 (BC L143)
- Trio Sonata for organ No. 6 in G major, BWV 530 (BC J6)
- Partita for solo violin No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona
- Toccata, Adagio and Fugue, for organ in C major, BWV 564 (BC J36): Adagio
Alpha continues to grow its list of outstanding "ut pictura musica" series with this disc of J.S. Bach's music played on a pedal harpsichord by Yves Rechsteiner. Naturally, the first question is "What is a pedal harpsichord?" In this instance, it is a harpsichord with a second instrument placed below, which has a pedal keyboard similar to that of an organ. The second instrument provides a depth of sound that allows Rechsteiner to play Bach's organ literature on the harpsichord very effectively. The excellent sound of the recording allows the listener to hear that it sounds like a theorbo is accompanying Rechsteiner in the "Trio Sonata No. 4" and the Adagio from the "Toccata, BWV 564." He is a performer who, although he is talented technically and does not ignore the significance of Bach's writing, slightly favors the drama of the music over its structure. The "Chromatic Fantasy" has an improvisatory feel, while the finale of the "Toccata in D, BWV 912," is thrilling. His imagination also takes hold in his transcriptions of the "Sonata for solo violin, BWV 1001," and the Chaconne from the "Partita, BWV 1004." He reinforces and fills in the harmonies, with a result that sounds more as if he is simultaneously playing a solo line and a continuo part rather than one of Bach's keyboard pieces, but even so, the outcome is enjoyable. Rechsteiner explains it all -- the instrument, the music -- in the well-done liner notes. It's yet another testament to the nature of Bach's music that allows it to be transmuted and yet remain amazing.