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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin

20 April 2010 | Format: MP3

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4:22
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3:34
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4:44
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9:46
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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 22 April 2010
  • Label: harmonia mundi
  • Copyright: 2010 Harmonia Mundi
  • Total Length: 1:08:50
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  • ASIN: B003CUQUAO
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,713 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Per Arne Rudberg on 5 Aug 2011
Format: Audio CD
I have listened to several recordings of this music. Either I find the recording too polished without ambition for a deeper understanding or they are too and academic.
Isabelle Faust is playing this music as MUSIC, without losing the demands on technical skill. She can change from an almost heavy force where you can hear the concentration, to the lightest and most dancing feeling.
She is making the small changes in tempi that are necessary to make the music live. She is also displaying an understanding for both the micro and macro structures.

And it sounds just great!
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14 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert D. Roy TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 April 2010
Format: Audio CD
As a teenager I remember this music being VERY esoteric and 'highbrow'. I got to know these works after borrowing the Salvatore Accardo Lp's from my local music library which were not an easy listen! (I suspect more to do with the sound quality than the playing).

Today, these works are very accessible and every young violinist appears to treat them as a 'rite of passage' before being admitted to the pantheon of being considered a 'Great' violinist. To be sure, there have been great recordings in recent years including Ehnes, Gidon Kremer, Ibragimova, Hilary Hahn (sadly incomplete), and the (IMHO) rather over-rated Julia Fischer version. (There are omissions including Anne-Sophie Mutter and Joshua Bell amongst others).

Surely, Isabelle Faust must be the most recent to be admitted to the summit. Her previous recordings have been superb but this must rank as her greatest achievement yet. The sheer quality of sound is stunning and her vision of these works is rock steady. I've always felt that one notch either way tempi wise can be the difference between a great performance and one that is merely 'superb'. Almost without exception, Faust is on the button. There is something so 'right' about these recordings.

I can't wait for the second volume to appear.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By enthusiast TOP 500 REVIEWER on 17 Mar 2013
Format: Audio CD
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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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By E. P. Schlaikjer on 17 Dec 2011
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Of all the CDs that I have bought in the past five years (the advent of a long commute) this one is by far my favorite. I listen to it almost obsessively, and now it also plays in my head unbidden. I have always liked Bach, but these partitas were new to me, and Faust's skill with the violin is just amazing. Sometimes she sounds like three people playing. I plan to buy anything else she does. Just writing this review is making me put the headphones back on...
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