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Bach: Solo Sonatas & Partitas - EMI Masters Double CD


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  • Conductor: Itzhak Perlman
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (12 Sep 2011)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B005DTE7T8
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,651 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: Adagio 4:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: Fuga (Allegro) 5:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: Siciliana 3:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  5. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Allemanda 6:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Corrente 3:14£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Sarabande 3:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Double 2:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Bourree 3:18£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Double 3:27£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: Grave 4:45£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: Fuga 8:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: Andante 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: Allegro 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: Allemanda 4:53£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: Corrente 3:03£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  4. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: Giga 3:44£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona15:46Album Only
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Listen  7. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: Fuga10:36Album Only
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Listen  9. Sonatas and Partitas, Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: Allegro assai 5:17£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Preludio 3:23£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Loure 4:05£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Gavotte en Rondeau 3:15£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Menuet I 1:40£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Menuet II 2:24£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Bourree 1:38£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sonatas and Partitas, Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: Gigue 1:47£0.99  Buy MP3 

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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mr. M. J. Bernstein on 24 Mar 2013
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Perlman's playing is of such virtuosity that his instrument is truly an extension of himself; nothing comes between his mind and the expression of his love of Bach's works. No piece is too complex in its rhythms or melodies to make his interpretations hindered in any way by the mechanical demands placed on him by its intricacies. It is top of my list of favourite CD recordings.
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Excellent recordings
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Restrained but not restricting 14 Feb 2013
By ebillcoyne - Published on Amazon.com
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Itzhak Perlman’s offering of Bach’s Solo Sonatas and Partitas should be a staple in every music library, if for no other reason than for his impeccable technique, and specifically, for his amazing restraint on what seems to be an overly zealous and widespread indulgence in “interpreting” Bach. I have a more satisfactory experience with Bach when musicians provide straight instrument playing and suggest glimpses of profoundly deep feelings that may be inherent in a piece and in the intent of the composer, rather than violently slamming a bow into the strings to get the message across. I feel that Perlman restrains himself confident that his listeners have strong enough imaginations to complete the experience. This is one of the many dimensions of genius in Perlman’s playing which does not disappoint, and yet does not overindulge. That is hard to achieve in any endeavor. Perlman offers this with seeming effortlessness. For example, Perlman’s playing of the opening measures of the ciaccona in the second partita leaves plenty of room to decide how to interpret the flow without locking anyone into any particular way of receiving it. Listeners may participate in the piece and take advantage of options to vary slightly the interpretation to suit one’s moods. I am a moody person, so this suits me very well. Sometimes I just cannot endure a gut wrenching wail of despair. Perlman’s playing provides numerous silver linings of potential everywhere there is a storm cloud of emotion. No heavy feeling ever seems hopeless. Listeners who strongly advocate Dionysian ecstasy may find Perlman’s Apollonian restraint too civilized. Open minded lovers of music will cherish it.
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Perlman meets Bach with mixed results 27 Mar 2013
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Itzhak Perlman's recordings of the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin served as my introduction to these works, yet I never imprinted on them for reasons that became apparent as I began to explore other recordings. Tempos are generally on the moderate to slow side and phrasing is pretty straightforward - nothing wrong with that. His playing is most impressive in some of the faster movements like the finales of the sonatas or the prelude of the third partita where he can unleash his polished virtuosity. Also, the famous Ciaconna is given a big, dramatic reading that is among my favorites. The fugues of the sonatas aren't played with as much finesse as by others (Grumiaux, Tetzlaff or Ehnes, for example), but are enjoyable nonetheless. Other movements are not as successful, like the limp Corrente of the second partita where crisp dance-like rhythms fail to materialize. Similarly in several movements of the first partita Perlman just seems to be going through the motions with no interest in phrasing or accenting the notes to create meaningful groups. Perlman's vibrato sometimes seems timid and half-hearted, particularly in the slow movements, though I acknowledge this is a matter of taste. The crystal clear digital sound is very well balanced with a moderate amount of reverb.

Perhaps my view of Perlman's recording would be more positive if there weren't so many other good options out there. Arthur Grumiaux's might be my overall favorite. Grumiaux's approach is straightforward, not unlike Perlman's, but with more rhythmic vitality and thoughtful accents. Also from the analogue era are Milstein's two recordings (EMI and DG), justly considered references by many. Milstein's approach is more free than Perlman's or Grumiaux's, and he plays with discipline and beauty if not as much refinement. I wonder if those curious about Perlman might be more satisfied with James Ehnes' digital recording on Analekta. His approach is unabashedly romantic, yet disciplined and gorgeous. Christian Tetzlaff's brisk, polished readings for Virgin satisfy on a more cerebral level, while Viktoria Mullova and John Holloway provide compelling options on the baroque violin.

Overall my impression of Perlman's solo Bach is mixed - some movements are brought off wonderfully but in general I think the set lacks personality and a point of view. I have found the alternatives listed above to be more consistently satisfying.
Five Stars 4 Aug 2014
By Marivaldo Benício - Published on Amazon.com
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An extraordinary performance of Bach's sonatas and partitas. Anyone who loves Bach and violin could not miss it.
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