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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exquisite Slow Movements & Electrifying Fast Movements!!, 22 Nov 2008
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Scriabinmahler (UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach, J.S.: English Suites No.2 & 3 / Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (Audio CD)
Pogorelich's incredibly fast and sensitive rendition of English Suites is in class of its own. More unforgettably impressive is the way he plays slow movements of the both suites with exquisite tonal nuances and meditative poise. The original CD release did not include Scarlatti Sonatas, but had more natural sound. This remastering sounds too brightly lit on higher notes. He should have recorded all six Suites!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars SCINTILLATING!!!, 1 Sep 2001
This review is from: Bach, J.S.: English Suites No.2 & 3 / Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (Audio CD)
WOW! What a performer, what a recording - what a lot of notes!
This young virtuoso gives a lean, muscular interpretation of these keyboard masterpieces. They are a revelation. His technique is faultless.
The sense of anticipation, forward motion and energy is astonishing.
The inclusion of 4 Scarlatti sonatas, works I adore but interpreted in a 'modern' manner that initially surprised me, is a real bonus.
I listened to "Pogorelich's" Scarlatti with attention, as if one had come across a new taste and wasn't sure if one liked it or not.
One does!
BUY THIS CD!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stupefyingly good, 7 May 2012
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This review is from: Bach, J.S.: English Suites No.2 & 3 / Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (Audio CD)
This is a quite amazing recording. The production is first class. But before we back-pat the sound engineer we should doff our hat to the pianist. His playing is of the G Gould mould, only better because of his sensibility. The Canadian - who I hold in high regard - sounds strangely one dimensional in comparison. Totally unaffected performances, these are (don't pay attention to anyone who tells you Pogorelich's playing is always affected). A lot of dirt has been thrown on Pogorelich for his unorthodoxies. But much of it is so obviously hot air, blown by people who want to sound clued up on the subject of authenticity. You need to have tin ears not to hear sheer class in his renditions of both of these contemporaries. They are finely nuanced, they're dramatic, they're eerily precise and absolutely engrossing to listen to. You will hear the bass lines (oops, a rock'n'roll terminology) in such unheard of clarity that you will be struck and fascinated by the whole logicality of the baroque. I'm not a pianist so i don't know how faithful all this is to the score. But, ultimately, I don't care. I can tell when music moves me (and when it does not) and this one does that, in no small measure. Also, if you share my attitude, i suggest you avail yourself of his Brahms too. It's been much maligned by the reviewers, and with such persistent and hysterical meanness, that you should recognise it as a sign of something remarkable - and buy it. Anyway, IMHO, both are gems.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The one to save!, 2 Feb 2013
This review is from: Bach, J.S.: English Suites No.2 & 3 / Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (Audio CD)
The record to rescue if your house is burning down, or to include in your list if you get invited to "Desert Island Discs"!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant Bach and Scarlatti by a master pianist, 15 Mar 2014
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M. C. Lawson (London) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Bach, J.S.: English Suites No.2 & 3 / Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (Audio CD)
This is an example of Ivo Pogorelich at his genius best. The first movement of Bach second English Suite is a fine illustration of this great pianist's capacity to interpret Bach's harpsichord conception with convincing effectiveness on the piano. His playing is a model of clarity, detached yet sonorous, with a beautiful sense of the music's lyricism. I can only think that Bach (and Scarlatti too) would adore these performances for their sheer musicality. I also wanted to say "sheer virtuosity" , because they are too incredible achievements pianistically. But the fact is, listening to this disc, you end up just admiring the music, loving it indeed. Pogorelich draws all the attention to the works themselves, not to his remarkable fingers. Overall, it's an enormous achievement - of genuinly great pianism at the service of wonderfully written music. It's well recorded, and as I say, Pogorelich at his endearing, exciting and early best.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach on the piano at its best, 20 July 2010
This review is from: Bach, J.S.: English Suites No.2 & 3 / Scarlatti: 4 Sonatas (Audio CD)
I have listened to and played a lot of Bach on the piano, but this recording of these wonderful English Suites was a revelation when I first heard it: swift, smooth, superb control of dynamics that brings out everything that is going on, not much pedal but a lot of delicate staccato played softly at speed so that it is not dry or percussive but full of life and drive. For me it is unquestionably the best Bach piano recording ever. The same applies to the Scarlatti sonatas, and Pogorelich has recorded a whole CD of these sonatas that is also, in my experience, far and and away the best recording available of these. The only question is, why hasn't Pogorelich recorded more in this area?
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