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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 2 (Isabelle Faust)

Isabelle Faust Audio CD
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  • Conductor: .
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (27 Aug 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Classique
  • ASIN: B007X98S82
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,182 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Adagio
2. Fuga (Allegro)
3. Siciliana
4. Presto
5. Allemanda - Double
6. Corrente - Double (Presto)
7. Sarabande - Double
8. Tempo Di Borea - Double
9. Grave
10. Fuga
11. Andante
12. Allegro

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Isabelle Faust hit the Classical charts earlier this year with her mesmerising recording of Beethoven and Berg with Claudio Abbado. She followed up with some welcome live appearances here in the UK, which included the Brahms' concerto at the Barbican with frequent collaborators Jiri Belohlavek and the BBCSO. Isabelle's recordings have won prizes since her harmonia mundi debut in 1997 which earned her a Gramophone Young Artist Award. In 2010 her Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Alexander Melnikov also won. The afore-mentioned Beethoven-Berg has been awarded Gramophone Recording of the Month, Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Week, Times CD of the Week, Classic FM Disc of the Week, Sunday Times CD of the Week, BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month and CD Review Disc of the Week. Now she returns to J.S. Bach for a second volume of what Andrew McGregor described in such glowing terms: "there s some of the best-judged ornamentation I ve heard in repeated passages. The recording is utterly self-effacing, in just the right way, and my only complaint is that the job s half done...I m impatient for the rest! Harmonia Mundi is the label, it s released this coming Monday, and the notes are excellent as well." CD Review, BBC Radio 3, 27 March 2010 Isabelle is shortlisted for the Gramophone Best Artist Award 2012. Her next concert in the UK is at the Wigmore Hall, October 29 with Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras.

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HMF 902124; HARMONIA MUNDI - Francia; Classica da camera

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great interpretation 19 Oct 2012
Format:Audio CD
This second volume completes Isabelle Faust's recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. It has been eagerly awaited by many people and they won't be disappointed - Faust's remarkable skill and musicianship produce a terrific interpretation. She plays with minimal vibrato, exceptionally intelligent ornamentation and a directness which is very striking. The closing Presto of the First Sonata, for example, is quite brilliant here, taken at a thrilling speed with Faust's magnificent technique allowing her to remain utterly fluent and completely engaged, and other movements show similarly exceptional skill and imagination.

Whether this is the recording for you will depend upon your response to Faust's interpretation, which may not suit everyone. All three of the sonatas and partitas on this disc are minor-key works and they are very meditative and atmospheric. As an example, in the hands of Rachel Podger the opening movement of the disc, the Adagio of Sonata No.1, is mournful but humane and Viktoria Mullova's reading is more sinewy but shot through with human melancholy. For Isabelle Faust it seems rather bleak and desolate - marvellously played and interpreted but, for me anyway, not an easy listen.

The recording is slightly dry which adds to the slight sense of mortality and darkness which seems to me to pervade much of this disc. Personally, I think that's great and the effect is powerful and moving. I am very glad to have Isabelle Faust's Bach alongside my other loved interpretations and I think this will be a recording which I will still be playing in many years' time. Very warmly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marvellous Bach 17 Mar 2013
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I am something of a Faust fan, it seems. So often her music making seems to talk to me and to draw me in from the word go. It is a thrilling feeling. Few performers do that for me: Richter does almost unfailingly, Celibidache can, Harnoncourt often has. It is fast seeming that Faust is another who often can get right through to me from my first hearing of her performance. Anyway, this is wonderful Bach. Attractive and musical - no sense of the browbeating and technically dominant bludgeoning that some violinists turn this music into - and uplifting. You get a sense that she is at home with this music and loves it rather than that she is afraid and in awe of it. I don't think I have enjoyed unaccompanied Bach as much as this since Grumiaux. But this is not like Grumiaux. It is less soleful and magnificent. But it is honest and filled with nature. I am filled afresh with love for and amazement at these wonderful works.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding playing 20 May 2014
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I have versions of this music by several of the "greats" and, on the strength of this recording, Ms Faust can take her place amongst them with no trouble. A discovery, so far as I was concerned.
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