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Air: The Bach Album

14 Feb. 2012 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 14 Feb. 2012
  • Release Date: 14 Feb. 2012
  • Label: eOne Music
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Entertainment One Music
  • Total Length: 57:29
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  • ASIN: B00725K92A
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 32,748 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 26 Mar. 2012
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This is a very attractive programme of both of Bach's solo violin concertos, the double violin concerto intriguingly played by Anne Akiko Myers overdubbing both solo parts, plus arrangements of three "bon-bons": the Air from the Third Orchestral Suite ("On a G String"), the Largo from the BWV1056 harpsichord concerto and Gounod's Ave Maria, based on the Prelude in C from Book 1 of the Well-Tempered Clavier.

Whether or not you like this disc will depend on how you like your Bach. Anne Akiko Myers is a phenomenally talented violinist; her technique here is excellent and she has a consistently beautiful tone. However, I'm afraid I found myself responding rather badly to this disc. Myers plays using lots of vibrato and portamento (sliding up or down to notes), which fits very well with Tchaikovsky, say, or possibly Beethoven but to my ear sounds quite out of place in Bach. There are passages where she is restrained in the use of both and I found these very enjoyable, but I would then consistently find myself thrown out of the piece by an over-romantic slide or wobble. I also found the Double Concerto rather lacking in emotion. Andrew Manze and Rachel Podger, for example, manage to make the lines in the slow movement twine around each other in a wonderfully sensual, almost sexy, way; here they are beautiful but failed to move me in the same way.

The one place where Myers's approach works extremely well is in the Ave Maria, where she is playing Gounod's music with Bach simply providing a quiet continuo. She really comes into her own here and I thought it was simply lovely. Elsewhere her Romantic approach meant that I was hearing a lot of Myers and not quite enough Bach.
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By D. R. Kershaw on 9 Jan. 2015
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You only have to listen to the harpsichord transcription to realise why this is a 5 star album. Ms Meyers' tone is heartbreakingly beautiful. Lucky girl, she owns two famous Strads, and boy does she extract a sweet, rich, plangent tone from them. It surprises me that she has so little in the way of discography, particularly recently. Let's have some more please!
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By Karen Thomson on 7 Jan. 2014
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I only discovered this album when I was listening to music on a plane while flying back from a holiday recently. I decided to buy it as I liked it so much. It's great to listen to as it has, in my opinion, a perfect balance of relaxing and also upbeat classical pieces by Bach which are played expertly on the violin by Anne Akiko Meyers. I love it!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Yatsugashira on 20 Dec. 2012
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I love it. Truly I love it. Now I know why the Stradivarius is so expensive. In a hand of Annie Akiko Meyers it is really singing.
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