- Performer: Ruth Palmer
- Composer: Béla Bartók, Johann Sebastian Bach
- Audio CD (1 Sept. 2010)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Nimbus Alliance
- ASIN: B00439EMP8
- Other Editions: MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 388,401 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
Bartók Sonata & Bach Partita No.2 for solo violin - Hidden Acoustics
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Three years after winning a Classical Brit Award, Palmer remains the most distinctive violinist of her generation. In this performance of Bartok's sonata for solo violin and the Bach partita that inspired it, the focus is on the marriage between instrument and acoustic. The match between Palmer's Stradivari and the clear glow of the Temple Church is ideal, allowing for the sharpest detail of articulation and unhurried admiration of the musical architecture. The Bartok is brazen and bruised, the Bach exquisitely poised. --Anna Picard, Independent on Sunday
Top customer reviews
They are works for solo violin, both requiring intense concentration, intelligence and virtuosity. In Ruth Palmer the works are in safe hands. These are true performances from start to finish with a broad palette of tonal colours and interpretative skills that manage to wrench every ounce of emotion from the pieces as well. Just amazing.
Ruth Palmer seems to suffer with regard to a lower profile compared to other musicians of her generation. Is this because she is primarily a violinist and musician, and one of the very highest order as well, and doesn't seem to play the publicity game, preferring the music to make her case. She is a beautiful girl and could undoubtedly follow other high-profile careers by exploiting her non-musical assets. That she chooses not to is wholly to her credit. She could also choose to play a more commercial repertoire, but in her Shostakovich recording -- and now the Bach/Bartok she has given us recordings to treasure. Both of these recordings are powerful, heartfelt and emotional. I wouldn't part with either. I really love them and I know they will be permanent companions of mine. She really is a star.
This is truly a mesmerizing collection of performances, to be listened to with eyes closed.
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