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5.0 out of 5 stars HIPster Wars - News from the Bach Front - Communique 6, 11 Mar 2012
This review is from: Richter - The Authorised Recordings - Bach (Audio CD)
I adore old clocks - and the more moribund the better. If one is lucky, they might be somewhat aligned to Greenwich Mean Time. Chronos is a tyrannous, sadistic deity; accordingly, they always seem older and more weathered than whatever time has elapsed since the date of their manufacture. Yes, such specimens are in the here and now but one senses they are addressing a realm beyond the merely temporal as they chase down the hours.

The aged Sviatoslav Richter in Bach is an old clock. If you're looking for clean, precise, articulate fingerwork, you may be left unsatisfied. Those among us who yap for the most primitive of keyboards in this repertoire will surely gnash their fangs when Richter buddies up with a Steinway to fathom out these works like few others. And yet, like an old clock, there is an air of indifference to these performances. I am not sure they're meant for our ears.

Tick, tock, tick, tock - tick.
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