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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin, complete [CD]

Christian Tetzlaff Audio CD
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  • Performer: Christian Tetzlaff
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (7 April 2008)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00151HZ5G
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,986 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. I. Adagio
2. II. Fuga (Allegro)
3. III. Siciliano
4. IV. Presto
5. I. Allemande -
6. Double
7. II. Courante -
8. Double (Presto)
9. III. Sarabande -
10. Double
See all 16 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. I. Allemande
2. II. Courante
3. III. Sarabande
4. IV. Gigue
5. V. Chaconne
6. I. Adagio
7. II. Fuga
8. III. Largo
9. IV. Allegro assai
10. I. Preludio
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5.0 out of 5 stars Bach CD 30 Dec 2013
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as usual it arrived intact,packaging was good,althouth the royal mail handling leaves much to be desired.
I had five orders delivered on time,but due to the mail handleing two of the cd cases were damaged-for which I will complain to ther royal mail,so be aware the royal mail will cram your order through your letterbox if thery can.
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This recording of bach's Great solo violin works is not in the class of Szeryng, Menuhin, Huggett, Hahn etc - it does not exude pathos and meaning, it does not give an out of body experience (and those other sets can)

However, it is a great CD. Why? It is very well recorded. Very well played with a good sense of baroque style, good tuning, infectious dances (the Gigue of the great 2nd partita a case in point). I feel thoroughly entertained listening to it, even though it doesn't plumb the depths. It makes me happy to hear a musician very in tune to the idiom playing these pieces pretty straight without examining my very soul. Sometimes I prefer it like that!

Providing you don't expect more than that from this CD-set then you will be fine. go purchase and enjoy.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Unsentimental yet deeply contemplated interpretations 29 Dec 2011
By Gwac - Published on
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Christian Tetzlaff's interpretations of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin are more cerebral than romantic, yet Tetzlaff manages to play with such subtlety and grace that you never mistake him for a machine. His tempos are swift - sometimes swifter than I prefer. Perhaps for this reason its easy to overlook just how little vibrato he is using. His playing is characterized by a pure, clean tone, lively phrasing, subtlety, and spontaneity. He plays the fugues with such ease that they never fall into the "sword slashing" often heard in other recordings. The Adagio of the first sonata is an example of how he can develop incredible tension without resorting to ultra slow tempos. Another noteworthy movement is the second double of the first partita. I doubt you have ever heard it, much less imagined it played like this - blindingly fast but with subtle phrasing and intonation completely intact. Really you can find something interesting about how he plays practically every movement - there is so much artistry to savor here.

The differences between his two recordings, the first for Virgin in 1995 and the second for Haenssler Classics in 2007, are subtle save for one - the recording acoustic. Whereas the earlier recordings on Virgin are given a slight reverberant sheen the latter recordings on Haenssler are presented in an intimate but unforgiving up-close acoustic that accentuates the darker tones of his violin. Sound aside, one might argue that there is just slightly more dynamic and rhythmic subtlety in the second recording and tempos sometimes seem just slightly more relaxed. Sometimes I think I prefer the earlier recording - I find the acoustic to be more beautiful - but then I listen to the latter recording and find so much to enjoy in Tetzlaff's playing.

Those looking for romantic interpretations of the sonatas and partitas, in particular those who tend not to like fast tempos in these works, can safely avoid Tetzlaff's recordings (you might consider James Ehnes on Analekta). Also, I must say that his swift and spare way with this music is best appreciated when complimented by recordings from the opposite end of the spectrum (Milsten, Grumiaux, or Ehnes for example). With those caveats aside I can comfortably say that Tetzlaff's Bach recordings are among the most thoughtful, virtuosic and stimulating I have heard. They have an elusive quality that always beckons me back to listen.
12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Christian Tetzlaff - the fondness of immersing into the Great Music 1 Dec 2010
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The solo violin Partitas and Sonatas by Johann Sebastian Bach are a truly cornerstone of the repertory and act as a veritable shibboleth for great violinists. Only a very few are called to tackle them, and even less dispose of the required mastery to convey in a proper manner the deep truths that "the modest cantor of Tomaskirche" encoded in these magnificent scores. It is not sufficient to prove technical skills or keen musical sense on the performer side, otherwise sine qua non conditions. A profound humility in front of this music's greatness, a heartfelt empathy and a genuine joy of "touching" such wonderful harmonies must imbue his/her approach as well. It is about a very subtle blend of meekness at facing a marvel and proud awareness for the privilege of "conversing" with a Titan.

Christian Tetzlaff - definitely, one of the great violinists of our age - exhibits all the needed qualities and knows how to make us feel his fondness of immersing into this musical treasure, instantly rising in us the same fondness. He freshly offers a mind-blowing rendition with simplicity and directness, taking an inward look at the very essence of this truly Great Music in order to outwardly reflect it as a sheer light or a pigeon's soaring or a nostalgic recollection. A version moving to tears that will remain - I am sure, for a long time - as a benchmark in Bach interpretation. Some will luxuriate in his crystal-clear intonation, others in the appropriate gusto that shapes certain fast movements, and others in the solemnity in which slow phrases are conceived, aiming at the religious transcendence and meditation. Beyond all these, one can see here also a deep bow, a humble reverence in front of the greatest master of the contrapuntal style and the belief in music's everlasting beauty.

Truly recommended!
4.0 out of 5 stars Clean, Modern Interpretation 22 Feb 2013
By wayne ransier - Published on
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A very nice addition to my collection, I like it almost as much as Gidon Kremer's. Fast, cool, and clean styling.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Best Bargain Bach 6 Nov 2009
By David Thierry - Published on
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I believe this set has the best price in digital download and very much worth the money. I had Szeryng's recording for years on cd and now I've added this performance to increase my appreciation of these works and it certainly has done that. I have found listening to music on the ole iPod has intensified my experience and I'm becoming more deeply immmersed in the music. Bach's violin music is somewhat more of a challenge for me to appreciate than his keyboard works but there is nothing like listening on an iPod to enhance the experience. Very highly recommended.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not good 2 Mar 2010
By Luca - Published on
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This is the only performance of this music I've ever heard that actually put me off. Glib, too fast, weird sound. Superficial. Stick with Milstein's second. I didn't like his Brahms Sonatas, either, the only record of those I've ever offed.
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