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Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas Double CD

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  • Conductor: -
  • Composer: Bach
  • Audio CD (30 Mar. 2009)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: Onyx
  • ASIN: B001SB1KHW
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Sonata for Solo Violin No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
  2. Partita for Solo Violin No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
  3. Sonata for Solo Violin No. 2 in a Minor, BWV 1003

Disc: 2

  1. Partita for Solo Violin No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
  2. Sonata for Solo Violin No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
  3. Partita for Solo Violin No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006

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Viktoria Mullova, violon

Review

Since Viktoria Mullova first recorded Bach's works for solo violin in the late 1990s for Phillips, she has rethougjht her whole approach to baroque music. for this newest set of performances, she has strung her Guadagnini instrument from 1750 with gut, tuned it down to baroque pitch and played it with an 18th - century bow. the result is very different from those impressive if slightly steely, earlier accounts. A trace of the earlier Mullova gives Bach's lines more freedom to breathe; it's impossible to imagine the younger, more fiery and austere performer presenting the great Chaconne from the D minr Partita in the amusing, affectionate way she delivers it here. She still winds up the tension in a superbly convincing way, however, just as she dispatches the technical challenges of the fugue in the C major Sonata with tremendous elan. In everything she plays, Mullova's sense of an ongoing musical line is immaculate and totally unselfconscious, if occasionally just a shade cool and under -characterised; the authority of her performances is never in doubt.**** --The Guardian 15/5/09

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By Sid Nuncius #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on 19 Jan. 2011
Format: Audio CD
I think this is an absolutely outstanding recording. It is clear from the reviews here that people have their own favourite version of the Sonatas and Partitas. Personally, I have loved Rachel Podger's account for years for its verve, sparkle and intellectual weight Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo and for me this set by Viktoria Mullova is at least as good.

The works themselves are truly wonderful in their technical complexity, harmonic and melodic invention and emotional and intellectual depth. In some hands they can feel rather dry and detached and one of the things I like about Mullova's reading here is her obvious emotional involvement and sense of sharing that involvement with the listener. Her performance is brought vividly to life in a resonant acoustic, beautifully captured in the excellent recorded sound. She has quite an intense approach so that even the bright, joyous Preludio to the E major Partita has quite an emotional edge to it but this never becomes forbidding and I found the works speaking to me in quite a new way as I listened to them.

Mullova uses a baroque bow to play a gut-strung violin made in the year of Bach's death, she employs minimal vibrato and, to me, shows perfect judgement of rubato and phrasing. Her technical brilliance allows her the freedom really to explore the meaning of Bach's music while making the playing of it seem effortless.
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I have heard them all, I know them by heart, I play them myself (and mostly for myself). For the last 20 years I've had my periods where the favorite has changed from Jaap Schroeder to Gidon Kremer, or from Nathan Milstein to Helene Schmitt, just to mention a few. All have something, although some have a tendency to follow the 'standard' readings (perhaps not Helene's). From each I could signal something special, although there is always a 'but'. I prefer it when the reading is more personal, as this is what I look for from an artist-interpret. I also look for when there is some respect to what Bach actually wrote, with the articulations and bowings, phrasings when known, altough I am not purist.

When I bought the Mullova discs, I was quite won by the honesty that she shows in her comments in the booklet included, when she explains how she got to rediscover these works from the conservatoire approach to the actual reading she does in the set. It's obvious that she has re-worked them very thoroughly. In the occasions where a interpreter decision is expected (choice of bariolage, chords, accents, tempi, ornamentation, bowing and articulations), in my opinion she always seems to take the right one.

With the Partitas, she takes seriously the dancing motto (except for preludios and allemandas that were not really to be danced) and plays them in such a manner that you could actually dance them. With the Sonatas, however, the approach is more inward-looking and she concentrates in getting the inner poetry out into life. And she succeeds.

With her, you always have the impression that the music is going somewhere. And with her conviction and sound, she takes you there.

Thanks very much. I think this is wonderful.
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Viktoria Mullova shows great courage in playing this music differently to everyone else. In her notes she says she has found a way to play this music in a more straightforward way. I think this has led a lot of reviewers to underrate the performances, as they do not sound as effortful as usual. I feel that she has found a deep understanding of the flow of these sublime pieces and uses unusual but appropriate tempi. The music flows beautifully with a serene intensity.

I recently bought the new Alina Ibragimova set on hyperion. She uses more traditional tempi but her technique is so majestic that the music really flows. Her performance has more "light and shade" than mullova with some hushed playing which really draws you in. Needs to be played on a good music system. On balance, I prefer mullova for repeated listening, but having both is ideal.

In the past I have owned sets by Rachel Podger (good), menuhin (early version good) Szeryng (later dg version is good), sitkovetsky (good).
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I already had the previous version of the Bach partitas Viktoria Mullova. 'm truly happy to have bought this full version. However, although the Mullova same state that since the first recording of the Bach partitas there has been considerable progress, I personally prefer the 1994 version. I am a lover of Bach and in my desert island, about this, I would bring with me the first recording (in mono) of Szeryng. I love Nathan Milstein, Shlomo Mintz, Rachel Podger, and Gidon Kremer. But soon after Szeryng comes Viktoria Mullova, and the sound in Mullova's recording is better. Five stars!
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