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superb Bach from Feltsman
on 31 October 2010 - Published on Amazon.com
My admiration for Feltsman's recording of the Partitas led me to purchase his set of the WTC which turned out to be some of the most rewarding keyboard Bach I've encountered in a long time (Bach: The Well-Tempered Clavier). Gould and Schiff, my points of reference for the Partitas, may have a kind of "reference" status among critics, however, I feel that Feltsman delivers performances that are far more engaging. My issue with Gould is that he often plays too fast, turning too many of the movements into showers of sparks that can't really reflect what Bach intended. Schiff is definitely preferrable to Gould (I'm referring to his recent ECM set that's received rave reviews Bach: Six Partitas), but his interpretations are generally less characterful than Feltsman. The dance-like elements in the scores, in particular, are played by Feltsman with a verve and contagious enthusiasm that Schiff approaches with relative sobriety. I suppose that it could be argued that Schiff's Bach is more "correct," but Feltsman's has more color and personality. In general Feltsman plays with a dynamism that makes each of the Partitas come alive in a way that I haven't heard from others. Add to this winning readings of the Two-Part Inventions and first-rate sound = top recommendation!
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on 22 November 2012 - Published on Amazon.com
Anything Feltsman plays is OK by me. He is a masterful musician. Have heard him live several times and own all of his available recordings. Love his "Goldberg Variations."
Feltsman As Good As Perahia
on 21 April 2016 - Published on Amazon.com
It is true that Feltsman plays the Partitas fast; yet he does so with elegance, even dance-like at times. In contrast to the latest stiff effort by Schiff, Feltsman is far superior, for his Bach flows smoothly and sweetly, much like Perahia. It is a toss-up between Feltsman and Perahia; both are excellent, but this offering also includes the 2- part Inventions, which are great!
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Lively, well-played set
on 3 November 2007 - Published on Amazon.com
This set of Bach's keyboard partitas, played with considerable verve on piano, recorded recently in Moscow, is an invigorating piece of work. The pacing over all is brisk, the total time of the Partitas being about 120 minutes, considerably faster than other recent recordings of these works. It has some eccentricities, particularly in a few of the introductory movements which come off as somewhat mannered, but in the totality of the music this is not a big deal. The set includes a filler of the Two-Part Inventions.
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