- 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)
Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas Double CD
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Viktoria Mullova, violon
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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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).
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is a magisterial, totally secure and deeply musical version of these great works. Very few violinists match Mullova here. One is Isabelle Faust, who is wonderful. Read morePublished on 23 Jun. 2013 by A. Evans
I borrowed this recording on the off-chance from the library. I had never heard of Viktoria Mullova. Read morePublished on 30 Jan. 2013 by Sabine Johnstone
I heard this reviewed on Radio 3 and was so impressed I bought it. It's beautiful music and this is a near-perfect performance I think;Published on 10 April 2010 by DODMAN
I have only been listening to nine different recordings of these works, so I am in fact a complete novice in the field (and no musicologist at all), all the same I will try to give... Read morePublished on 11 Oct. 2009 by Rasmus Oerndrup
I consider this set from Viktoria Mullova of Bach's 6 Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin to be life enhancing. Read morePublished on 17 Jun. 2009 by Stanfordian
It's a lovely rich sound, with lots of complexity and feeling. You can sit back and let the stream of notes wash across your listening ear, forming long chains of melody with... Read morePublished on 1 Jun. 2009 by T. Watkins
The Bach sonatas are an ultimate challenge of musicality for the violinist. They are densely figured, deep meditations which require intelligence and restraint to reveal... Read morePublished on 23 May 2009 by Laura Hills