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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas BWV 1001-1006 Import

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  • Composer: J S Bach
  • Audio CD (2 Jan. 1990)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Deutsche Harmonia Mundi
  • ASIN: B000026ND9
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,836 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A.N.Onymous on 2 Nov. 2006
Format: Audio CD
A truly marvellous interpretation of Bach's masterpiece for solo violin. Whether one is a fan of the "baroque sound" or not, one cannot ignore the sheer quality of this recording in which Kuijken delivers a deliciously pure and detailed sound with impeccable timing and flawless intonation. The tones are deep and warm with minimal vibrato but incredible "body" - which may (in my opinion) have something to do with the way Kuijken holds the instrument (Italian, built around 1700 and readjusted back to baroque specification) - not touching the chin and without support attachments of any kind, allowing it to resonate that much more freely.

The spacious, reverberant setting of this recording is a matter of preference - some will prefer a "drier" ambience, but to my ears this is a remarkable performance of which the great JSB himself would no doubt be proud! Highly recommended.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Jon Chambers TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 19 Nov. 2008
Format: Audio CD
At present, I have three versions of these ground-breaking works played by undisputed masters of the violin, but this is the only one that gives real satisfaction. The recording by Monica Huggett, although fine in parts, is undermined by excessive mannerism, while that by Thomas Zehetmair, despite the brilliance and energy of his prestissimo playing, seems to be more Romantic than Baroque in execution.

Although a 1981 recording, digitally remastered in 1987, this one is the best of the bunch for overall consistency and fidelity to both the note and spirit of the original conception. Sigiswald Kuijken is unfailingly precise in his intonation in pieces which test the soloist's technique to the hilt, with extended passages of double-stopping producing rich textures and sonorities suggestive of ensemble playing. Nowhere, perhaps, is his technique more impressive than in the Ciaconna of the Partita in d.

Kuijken's tone will not suit all tastes, however. Firstly, his violin (by Giovanni Grancino of Milan, c1700) is not the most dulcet. Secondly, Kuijken's playing is distinctly 'cool', with minimum vibrato. While I prefer these authentically Baroque colours to Zehetmair's (at very much the warmer end of the sound spectrum), many may find Kuijken too austere.

While this recording is a good deal more expensive than the other two discussed here (I paid around £20 for my copy a few years ago), such magnificent works as these deserve to be heard in various guises. And if it is a 'pure' Baroque sound you're after, this may well represent the end of your search.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Marvellous! 22 April 2007
By 55anonymous55 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've never really taken to these works before. They are most often played on modern instruments in "conservatory style." When they are performed in this way, I find them strange, remote, and austere.

Kuijken plays them on an gut-stringed instrument of the kind Bach would have known. He uses a lighter, exquisitely-controlled touch, and he goes easy on the vibrato. Above all, he recognizes that most of the movements are _dances_, Baroque dances, and he plays them with infectious, propulsive dance rhythms.

The result is completely enlightening: now I understand why this is such wonderful music! The old metaphor of taking the varnish off an old painting is a bit of a cliche, but was never more appropriate than here. And as often is true in authentic performance, taking a light touch to the music actually increases its emotional force, which here is extraordinary, or so I feel.

So, if you love Bach's music, do yourself a favor and buy this performance of the solo violin sonatas.
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Outstanding 20 Jun. 2007
By acatalept - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Just outstanding... too bad Amazon doesn't have audio samples to give you a taste to help sell this. The pieces are superb to begin with, but the performance and recording are both exceptional as well. Can't recommend it enough.

As an aside, if you enjoy the emotive, introspective performance style exhibited here, Pieter Wispelwey's performance of Bach's Cello Suites on Channel Classics is an excellent companion to this collection.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Very unique and beautiful 15 July 2011
By G.B.S - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I could not agree more with the other 2 reviews here.
Indeed outstanding and exceptional performance!. To MY TASTE the best recorded performance (I heard many of the existing recordings that are in the catalogue). The sound quality is a top one and, Kuijken's playing and approach to these pieces are very original. I really felt like I understand these pieces and their spirit deeper/better after hearing these two c.d.'s. If you look for a first rate performance of Bach's sonatas and partitas a check of these recordings is a must.
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