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J. S. Bach: 6 Sonaten Fur Violine Und Blu-spec CD, Import


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Two heavyweights wrangling over a fragile urn 22 Mar. 2013
By Jurgen Lawrenz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Kogan lived most of his life in the shadow of his colleague Oistrakh -- whether for his own or for political reasons, I don't know. But he made fewer trips to the West and not as many recordings. On one of his trips he teamed up with Bach expert Karl Richter in Munich to record the Accompanied Sonatas, for Eurodisc, who published many Melodiya and Eterna recordings in West Gemany at the time.
The partnership was not as felicitous as one might have hoped. Although the artists seemed to get on well (as testified by their interview in the booklet which came with the LP box), their instruments were hardly compatible. Kogan is one of the few top-flight violinists who prefer an all-steel complement of strings. Richter plays on a modern harpsichord, with a much harder tone than customary. In the outcome, they don't match.
As far as the music making on its own is concerned, one can have no complaints. They are big, bold readings -- a little too theatrical, perhaps; and one clearly perceives an element of agonism between these players about who is leading and who is accompanying, a role that changes frequently in the music which has a fair swag of prominent harpsichord passages. But as Kogan has a very large tone and tends to play forte throughout, while the harpsichord cannot change its sound volume, the recording team hit upon the expedient of miking the keyboard instrument closer. That was an unfortunate idea. The effect on the listener is of two big-fisted men wrestling with each other rather than searching the music in a collaborative effort. In short, it's all too loud and sensitivity goes begging. Reducing the loudspeaker volume doesn't help, the flaw is in the way the sound is recorded and the lack of spatial separation between the two performers.
A great pity, for we might expected great music making from these two artists. As it is, the album is at best a testimonial of what might have been, when two of the finest instrumentalists of that era teamed up for Bach.
I would strongly advise that you sample all tracks so as to get a feel for it, before you make a decision on a purchase.
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