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Sublime playing, recording might have been better,
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This review is from: Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo /Holloway (Audio CD)
Without having heard the much admired Kuijken I still place Podger's recording of Bach Sonatas & Partitas on top of the period performances for sheer brilliance, beautiful lyricism and a top quality recording. Holloway however comes very close and is a nice alternative. His playing is sublime, in the same way as his lovely Biber, Schmelzer and Veracini recordings, giving the music a more majestic feel than most. The violin sounds big! Technically he mostly breezes through - in a typically relaxed way he makes the spirituality and musicality dominant features - there's only a little strain apparent on one or two really difficult passages. Overall very satisfying and captivating playing. I found the recording gave the treble an occasional shrillness, surprising for ECM whose recordings are generally in the demonstration class. Perhaps they miked Mr Holloway a little too distantly to capture an atmospheric room ambience and some of the warmth was subsequently lost. Not a major quibble, Podger just sounds better. Holloway's is still very recommendable.