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  • Audio CD (16 Mar. 1998)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: DG
  • ASIN: B000001H00
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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titolo-sonate e partite per violinocompositorej-ohann sebastian bach interpreti-nathan milstein (violino)etichetta-deutsche grammophonn. dischi2data16 aprile 1998supportocd audiogeneremusica da camera-brani----disco 11.1. adagioascolta2.2. fuga (allegro)ascolta3.3. sicilianaascolta4.4. prestoascolta5.1a. allemandaascolta6.- doubleascolta7.2a. correnteascolta8.- doubleascolta9.3a. sarabandeascolta10.6. doubleascolta11.4a. tempo di boreaascolta12.8. doubleascolta13.1. graveascolta14.2. fugaascolta15.3. andanteascolta16.4. allegroascoltadisco 21.1. allemandeascolta2.2. correnteascolta3.3. sarabandeascolta4.4. gigaascolta5.5. ciacconaascolta6.1. adagioascolta7.2. fugaascolta8.3. largoascolta9.4. allegro assaiascolta10.1. preludioascolta11.2. loureascolta12.3. gavotte en rondeauascolta13.4a. minuet iascolta14.4b. minuet iiascolta15.5. bourre'eascolta16.6. gigue

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I already had Milstein's recording of the Mendelssohn, Bruch and Tchaikovsky concertos and was looking to buy a recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. I had heard alot of good things about his Bach recordings and after having been blown away by his Mendelssohn, decided to go for this recording. Nothing could have possibly prepared me for what can only be described as some of the most breathtaking performances I have ever heard. This man deserves so much more recognition than he currently gets.
He puts the music first in these recordings, like he always did, with none of the egotistical interpretations that many of the other great violinists seem to display. He plays them with an immense amount of passion and love for the music, portraying the religious contemplation and power in Bach's works, while maintaining an amazingly natural technique that, in my opinion, is the closest a violinist will probably ever get to perfection.
There is not one mediocre movement on this CD and I have yet to hear a recording that even comes close to matching it. Every track is a gem but to name a few highlights, the Fugue in the G minor sonata is nothing short of incredible, whilst the Borea and Double in the B minor partita make you want to practise alot more! The chaccone in the D minor partita is out this world and the Preludio to the E major partita is seamless. I cannot find one critisism with this performance!
The sound is excellent and you will not find any ridiculous cuts on these Discs as Milstein was a fanatic about continuity and so when he had to do any retakes (which i wouldn't imagine was very often!) he would go back to the start of the movement or from a repeat instead of begining halfway through phrases.
You cannot go wrong with this disc! The violin at it's most sublime.
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I've had this recording on vinyl since I was a budding violinist. It wore out. No-one, and I really mean no-one, has played these are well as Milnstein. He really was a Bach specialist. Everyone else sounds a bit mechanical after listening to these.

If you like Bach or are a violinist this should be in your "must listen" list.
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Ich habe mehr als 15 Einspielungen der Solo-Violinwerke Bachs im Regal, kenne sie alle - und höre fast immer diese Aufnahme von Milstein. Sie hat eine "Aura" von Nobilität, souveräner Abgeklärtheit und künstlerischer Integrität, fern jeder zur Schau gestellten Virtuosität, fern jedes Bemühens um Klangschönheit um ihrer selbst willen, fern auch jedes aufgesetzten Pathos. Dadurch berührt mich diese Aufnahme immer wieder zutiefst. Von Milstein gibt es zudem eine ältere Aufnahme (EMI; ebenfalls hervorragend, freilich fehlt die "Altersweisheit", die bei der DG-Aufnahme möglicherweise zu der besonderen Aura beiträgt).

Natürlich kann man auch mit anderen Aufnahmen glücklich werden: Grumiaux (Philips; souverän, besonders klangschön, dabei durchaus tiefsinnig), Szeryng (DG; souverän, etwas pathetischer als Milstein), Kremer (2. Aufnahme bei ECM: faszinierend eigenwillig), Mintz (DG; souverän und unaufgeregt, insofern Milstein nicht unähnlich), Tetzlaff (er hat - mit verschiedenen Geigen - zwei Aufnahmen vorgelegt bei [1.] Virgin und [2.] Hänssler; nach meinem Empfinden spielt er Milstein am ähnlichsten, besonders in der älteren Aufnahme). Für eine "historisch informierte" Aufnahme greife ich zu Rachel Podger (Channel Classics; unaufgeregt, gefällig).

Große Meister, die man mal hören sollte: Szigeti (Vanguard) und der junge Menuhin (EMI).

Große Meister, die mich weniger berühren: Heifetz (RCA; zur Schau gestellte Virtuosität) und Perlmann (EMI; zur Schau gestellte Klangschönheit) - eine Geschmacksfrage!

Eine Ausnahmestellung hat Ida Händel (Testament); ihre Interpretation ist besonders langsam und breit angelegt - durchaus faszinierend.
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I have only been listening to nine different recordings of these works, so I am in fact a complete novice in the field (and no musicologist at all), all the same I will try to give short comments on these nine interpretations that just might help you to choose which set you want to buy.

My personal favourite is no doubt John Holloway's recording (on ECM). When I first heard it I had only been listening to Shlomo Mintz (on DG) and Hilary Hahn (on Sony), so I feared the great Ciaccona/Chaconne of BWV 1004, because both of those artists' interpretations of that movement sounded like musical warfare, full of shrieks and noises. But Hallelujah! Guess what happened? The movement made sense to me for the first time - in Holloway's hands it is actually music! And the rest of the set also sparkles in Holloway's recording. What is so special about Holloway's version is that it has an almost spiritual, metaphysical aspect to it that nobody else achieves. It is a recording full of sublime transcendental beauty. That aspect of course is emphasized by the wonderful church acoustics (another great Manfred Eicher production from ECM). The booklet contains a performer's note and a few facsimile pages of Bach's beautiful handwritten score. If you are looking for just one recording, you don't really have to read further - I recommend that you buy Holloway's set.

If you have not bought Holloway's set yet, I have to say a little more about Mintz and Hahn: The aggressive approach in Mintz' Ciaccona/Chaconne is more or less present throughout Mintz' recording and in my opinion his playing does not quite justify it - it is "agitated" without having a reason to be so. If you want the sort of expressive power which Mintz is trying to put into these works Nathan Milstein (on DG) is a better option.
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