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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo BWV 1001-1006 (DG The Originals) [CD]

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  • Audio CD (16 Mar 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000001H00
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.1 In G Minor, BWV 1001 - 1. Adagio 3:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.1 In G Minor, BWV 1001 - 2. Fuga (Allegro) 5:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.1 In G Minor, BWV 1001 - 3. Siciliana 3:11£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.1 In G Minor, BWV 1001 - 4. Presto 2:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - 1a. Allemanda 4:06£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - - Double 2:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - 2a. Corrente 2:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - 3a. Sarabande 2:10£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - - Double 1:26£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - 4a. Tempo di Borea 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.1 In B Minor, BWV 1002 - - Double 1:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.2 In A Minor, BWV 1003 - 1. Grave 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.2 In A Minor, BWV 1003 - 2. Fuga 7:22£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.2 In A Minor, BWV 1003 - 3. Andante 4:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.2 In A Minor, BWV 1003 - 4. Allegro 6:09£0.79  Buy MP3 


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Listen  1. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - 1. Allemande 4:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
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Listen  3. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - 3. Sarabande 4:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - 4. Giga 4:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.2 In D Minor, BWV 1004 - 5. Ciaccona13:56Album Only
Listen  6. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1005 - 1. Adagio 4:19£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1005 - 2. Fuga 9:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1005 - 3. Largo 3:15£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata For Violin Solo No.3 In C, BWV 1005 - 4. Allegro assai 3:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 1. Preludio 3:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 2. Loure 4:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 3. Gavotte en Rondeau 3:08£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 4a. Minuet I 1:56£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 4b. Minuet II 2:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 5. Bourrée 1:30£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita For Violin Solo No.3 In E, BWV 1006 - 6. Gigue 1:58£0.79  Buy MP3 


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30 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning 27 Mar 2006
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I already had Milstein's recording of the Mendelssohn, Bruch and Tchaikovsky concertos and was looking to buy a recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. I had heard alot of good things about his Bach recordings and after having been blown away by his Mendelssohn, decided to go for this recording. Nothing could have possibly prepared me for what can only be described as some of the most breathtaking performances I have ever heard. This man deserves so much more recognition than he currently gets.
He puts the music first in these recordings, like he always did, with none of the egotistical interpretations that many of the other great violinists seem to display. He plays them with an immense amount of passion and love for the music, portraying the religious contemplation and power in Bach's works, while maintaining an amazingly natural technique that, in my opinion, is the closest a violinist will probably ever get to perfection.
There is not one mediocre movement on this CD and I have yet to hear a recording that even comes close to matching it. Every track is a gem but to name a few highlights, the Fugue in the G minor sonata is nothing short of incredible, whilst the Borea and Double in the B minor partita make you want to practise alot more! The chaccone in the D minor partita is out this world and the Preludio to the E major partita is seamless. I cannot find one critisism with this performance!
The sound is excellent and you will not find any ridiculous cuts on these Discs as Milstein was a fanatic about continuity and so when he had to do any retakes (which i wouldn't imagine was very often!) he would go back to the start of the movement or from a repeat instead of begining halfway through phrases.
You cannot go wrong with this disc! The violin at it's most sublime.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars TOP-recommendation 23 May 2012
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Ich habe mehr als 15 Einspielungen der Solo-Violinwerke Bachs im Regal, kenne sie alle - und höre fast immer diese Aufnahme von Milstein. Sie hat eine "Aura" von Nobilität, souveräner Abgeklärtheit und künstlerischer Integrität, fern jeder zur Schau gestellten Virtuosität, fern jedes Bemühens um Klangschönheit um ihrer selbst willen, fern auch jedes aufgesetzten Pathos. Dadurch berührt mich diese Aufnahme immer wieder zutiefst. Von Milstein gibt es zudem eine ältere Aufnahme (EMI; ebenfalls hervorragend, freilich fehlt die "Altersweisheit", die bei der DG-Aufnahme möglicherweise zu der besonderen Aura beiträgt).

Natürlich kann man auch mit anderen Aufnahmen glücklich werden: Grumiaux (Philips; souverän, besonders klangschön, dabei durchaus tiefsinnig), Szeryng (DG; souverän, etwas pathetischer als Milstein), Kremer (2. Aufnahme bei ECM: faszinierend eigenwillig), Mintz (DG; souverän und unaufgeregt, insofern Milstein nicht unähnlich), Tetzlaff (er hat - mit verschiedenen Geigen - zwei Aufnahmen vorgelegt bei [1.] Virgin und [2.] Hänssler; nach meinem Empfinden spielt er Milstein am ähnlichsten, besonders in der älteren Aufnahme). Für eine "historisch informierte" Aufnahme greife ich zu Rachel Podger (Channel Classics; unaufgeregt, gefällig).

Große Meister, die man mal hören sollte: Szigeti (Vanguard) und der junge Menuhin (EMI).

Große Meister, die mich weniger berühren: Heifetz (RCA; zur Schau gestellte Virtuosität) und Perlmann (EMI; zur Schau gestellte Klangschönheit) - eine Geschmacksfrage!

Eine Ausnahmestellung hat Ida Händel (Testament); ihre Interpretation ist besonders langsam und breit angelegt - durchaus faszinierend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A repurchase 18 Feb 2014
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I've had this recording on vinyl since I was a budding violinist. It wore out. No-one, and I really mean no-one, has played these are well as Milnstein. He really was a Bach specialist. Everyone else sounds a bit mechanical after listening to these.

If you like Bach or are a violinist this should be in your "must listen" list.
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5 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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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 short comments on these nine interpretations that just might help you to choose which set you want to buy.

My personal favourite is no doubt John Holloway's recording (on ECM). When I first heard it I had only been listening to Shlomo Mintz (on DG) and Hilary Hahn (on Sony), so I feared the great Ciaccona/Chaconne of BWV 1004, because both of those artists' interpretations of that movement sounded like musical warfare, full of shrieks and noises. But Hallelujah! Guess what happened? The movement made sense to me for the first time - in Holloway's hands it is actually music! And the rest of the set also sparkles in Holloway's recording. What is so special about Holloway's version is that it has an almost spiritual, metaphysical aspect to it that nobody else achieves. It is a recording full of sublime transcendental beauty. That aspect of course is emphasized by the wonderful church acoustics (another great Manfred Eicher production from ECM). The booklet contains a performer's note and a few facsimile pages of Bach's beautiful handwritten score. If you are looking for just one recording, you don't really have to read further - I recommend that you buy Holloway's set.

If you have not bought Holloway's set yet, I have to say a little more about Mintz and Hahn: The aggressive approach in Mintz' Ciaccona/Chaconne is more or less present throughout Mintz' recording and in my opinion his playing does not quite justify it - it is "agitated" without having a reason to be so. If you want the sort of expressive power which Mintz is trying to put into these works Nathan Milstein (on DG) is a better option.
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54 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A moving account 22 Jan 2005
By N. Haggin - Published on Amazon.com
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Before buying this recording, I had not heard or heard of Nathan Milstein; now that I have I thank God I was allowed to hear him before I die. It is not the only recording of the Bach solo violin music worth knowing, but it is a must-have if you love it.

The sheer energy of these performances is remarkable, and it is not generated exclusively by tempo; what should be fast is fast, and what should be slow is slow. Milstein's tone is beautiful, clear and warm, and well-presented by the DG engineers. I am convinced by his phrasing, although I am no expert on this matter. There are one or two places where his intonation wavers just a trifle, but I don't mind that; utterly perfect performances usually bore me. I will accept a couple surface flaws if the performance is intellectually exciting or emotionally involving, and Milstein's is both.

One key consideration in any complete recording of Bach's solo violin music is how the performer handles the D-minor partita; some will mentally "detach" the Chaconne and think about it independently of the other movements, which makes the partita as a whole suffer. Milstein does not make this mistake; the Chaconne feels like it really *does* belong with the other movements.

An excellent recording. Not definitive, but then I don't think you can have a single definitive performance of this glorious music.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The EMI version from the 50s is the definitive 16 May 2005
By Peter Lavezzoli - Published on Amazon.com
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Bach is my favorite composer, and of all Bach's works, the Goldberg Variations, and these solo violin sonatas/partitas, are my "desert island" works. I've listened to many recordings of these sonatas/partitas, from Yehudi Menuhin to Jascha Heifetz, Grumiaux, Perlman, Podger, and others. Milstein's survey from the 1950s on EMI stands as my favorite, in comparison with his DG rendition in the 1970s.

I had a conversation with one of the editors of the Penguin guide about these recordings, and Milstein was also his favorite, but he preferred the 70s DG version for reasons of sound quality and technical brilliance. I countered that the EMI Milstein set from the 50s was superior for the depth of insight brought to these pieces. Nathan Milstein was in his absolute prime when he first recorded this survey in the 50s. His insights into Bach are pure, with the required delicacy in slow movements, the right touch of silence here and there to let the music breathe, without being CONSPICUOUSLY slow, such as the Perlman set, which tends to drag at times. His fugues are perfectly light on their feet, his rhythms perfectly sprung, without making it a horse race. In short, Milstein stays out of the way of Bach in every moment of the EMI set, and we are face to face with the composer. But in this DG set from the 1970s, Milstein seems to be rushing through some passages (as does Grumiaux), with more regard for "technical brilliance" as the Penguin editor cited, instead of pure musicality and reverence of Bach. I have listened to both Milstein versions, and this DG recording simply does not reach down into the depths of Bach in the same way.

The Jascha Heifetz rendition is also outstanding, but when you listen to it, you know that it's about Heifetz, not so much about Bach. Now, Heifetz was indeed the best of the best, in terms of his technical mastery. The one segment where Heifetz wins me over from everyone else is in the mighty Chaconne from Partita 2. In this Mount Everest of solo violin, Heifetz takes you on an exhilarating ride that leaves you speechless. I have never heard the Chaconne played with such fearless power and confidence than from Heifetz. For that one segment alone, I bow to him above all others. He was indeed the best.

But Heifetz himself always heaped praise upon Nathan Milstein, which was exceedingly rare. Heifetz never praised anyone! Heifetz always demanded that his students go to see Milstein perform. If his students didn't go, they'd be in trouble! So Milstein certainly commanded a great deal of respect from Heifetz. And when you hear Milstein play the mighty Chaconne, he almost has the supreme technical mastery of Heifetz. Not quite, but almost. However, once again, when you hear the Heifetz version, you are hearing Heifetz, the master. When you hear the (50s EMI) Milstein version, you are hearing Bach.

I invite the listener to compare one specific movement between these two Milstein versions, and then make their own decision. Listen very carefully to the opening Grave movement from Sonata 2 in A Minor. Compare and contrast the depth of insight in the 50s version on EMI, and the 70s version on DG. You will most likely come to the same conclusion as I did after making my own comparison. Then compare other movements throughout the set, but start with that one. For me, there is no doubt. The 50s set is pure, unadulterated Bach at its finest. No other violinist came closer to the heart of this beautiful music than Milstein did in the 1950s. Even HE didn't get as close to it when he remade this music later in his life. And by the way, in terms of sound quality, the EMI set from the 50s is perfect! There is no cavernous reverb, just the pure unadulterated sound of Milstein's violin, so clean and clear that he is right there in the room with you. The two words I always come away with after listening to the 50s Milstein set on EMI are "intimacy" and "insight."
43 of 47 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Overwhelming 6 May 2005
By Robert Thomas - Published on Amazon.com
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Having heard these pieces a million times by various artists, I purchased the Milstein set. Upon receiving it, my wife suggested going straight to the center of the oreo cookie and listen to the chaconne from partita #2.

After sitting quietly for 14 minutes in stunned silence listening to Milstein saw away at one of the most gorgeous sounding violins these ears have ever heard, we looked at each other and said absolutely nothing.
At that moment it was clear that we had witnessed something truly miraculous. Such absolute control over this collosal work has rarely been heard. Most violinists struggle to move heaven and earth while negotiating the considerable difficulties involved but Milstein plays as though he's got technique to burn, like a Ferrari doing 25mph in a school zone.

Since then, I've obviously heard the entire album and although I must admit it is not my favorite recording, it is by far one of the most powerful and moving accounts on disk. The reason it is not my favorite is because I prefer a smaller sound and less drama in my Bach, a personal preference that all may not share. Listening to Milstein play Bach, as opposed to say, Aaron Rosand, is like listening to Eugene Ormandy and the Philadelphia Orchestra as opposed to say, Christopher Hogwood and the Academy of Ancient Music. Hearing Ormandy's ultra-lush, romantic sounding Bach or Handel is just plain wrong, I tell myself, yet it is a delightful indulgence comparable to eating a 16 ounce bar of my wife's finest swiss chocolate, a sin I've been guilty of.

By the way, don't tell my wife I said that. She may take away my Milstein, just to even the score.

Highly Recommended Bach.
Enjoy.
23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best Bach sonatas 30 July 2006
By J. Hale - Published on Amazon.com
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After first hearing Milstein play these sonatas, I took the advice of some friends and bought the Heifetz and Szerzyng renditions for comparison. Although technically brilliant, I think Milstein stands out above the rest because--how best to put this?--because he loves every single note, and beautiful ones that Heifetz and Szerzyng for some reason speed past Milstein lifts up with exquisite care and tenderness to show us how sublime. In my book, Bach never had a better interpreter than Milstein.
19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The prince of the bow 10 Jun 2004
By Luke birkla - Published on Amazon.com
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I have heard the Enescu, Menuhin, Heifeitz, Szerying, Grumiaux, Hahn and numerous other versions...
none reaches the level of this recording.
It is not for nothing that he was donned the "prince of the bow." Ysaye the celebrated virtuouso even refused to teach Milstein he was so extraordinary, saying,
"you can play Bach and Paganini well...what else!"
Milstein lived with these pieces. He talks of how, in his youth Bach's work was not often admired, and thus he explored his sonatas and partitas finding the artistic world they inhabit to be unique.
One can tell Milstein has lived with these pieces. Every nuance is carved to perfection, in the most spontaneous grace. The flow is mellifulous and each note has something unique to say. If Milstein were to just play the first chord of the first sonata in G minor, I would buy this cd. When I think of his sound now, I feel a kind of thirst take over my body.
If one were to spend one day listening over and over again for ten hours, to one bar of this recording, the lack of writing achieved explaining the emotional content of each note, would be a disservice to his playing.
It's incredible...you must hear it!
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