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Complete Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin

Johann Sebastian Bach Audio CD
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Disc: 1
1. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Adagio
2. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Fuga (Allegro)
3. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Siciliana
4. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: Presto
5. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Allemanda
6. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Double
7. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Corrente
8. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Double (Presto)
9. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Sarabande
10. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: Double
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Disc: 2
1. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Allamanda
2. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Corrente
3. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Sarabande
4. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Giga
5. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: Ciaccona
6. Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: Adagio
7. Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: Fuga
8. Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: Largo
9. Sonata No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: Allegro Assai
10. Partita No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: Preludio
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Arthur Grumiaux was among the most elegant and refined violinists who ever recorded. This doesn't preclude his playing the famous Chaconne with lots of power, which he does. But it means hearing Bach with all technical difficulties minimized to give you a clear view of the music. Sometimes, as in Joseph Szigeti's late recordings (Vanguard Classics OVC 8021/2), there is a sense of struggle between the violin and the music that for more dramatic Bach. Grumiaux allows you to hear everything Bach put into the music, and it all sounds beautiful. --Leslie Gerber

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5.0 out of 5 stars My old favourite Nov. 10 2006
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These works are, for me, the highest possible achievement of violin music, and rank alongside the Cello Suites and the Well-Tempered Clavier as Bach's most meditative, introspective and spiritually profound works. They take you through a whole range of emotions and moods, and probably not coincidentally, like the Cello Suites, they end on a bright note, almost like the light of heaven shining down on you. Listening to the fugal movements is like being in a private cathedral of sound. And I say this without being a religious person in any way - this music is more personally spiritual, without being necessarily 'religious', like so many of Bach's vocal works.

I first heard these works performed by Menuhin (like Grumiaux, a student of Enescu), and though I retain a fondness for his recordings, I think Grumiaux's version is, all around, the best. I do agree with some of the other reviewers that Milstein can give a bit more passion, and I particularly like how the lower parts of the counterpoint are often more audible in Milstein (for instance, in the beginning bars of the D-Major section of the Chaconne - which is less accented in the Grumiaux), but I personally don't like Milstein's steely tone that much, and Bach sometimes sounds too much like hard work in his versions. In contrast, Grumiaux's tone is much warmer, I find, though he can put on the power very well whenever it's needed, and his playing is so effortless, one is able to really appreciate the beauty and profundity of Bach's works.

I'm very partial to period interpretations normally, and having now acquired Rachel Podger's recordings, I prefer those in many aspects; but on the whole, I find Grumiaux better than the other 'authentic' performance I've heard, that of Kuijken.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Benchmark recording June 17 2004
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I caught my first glimpse (or I should say heard my first strain) of this recording in a somewhat serendipitous fashion: I had been searching through the then-mighty Napster for a good recording of the Bach G-minor Fugue, and was instantly struck by how great the violinist was in the file I managed to come upon. After some research, I discovered that it was Arthur Grumiaux, and I then wasted no time in getting the complete set of recordings.
Grumiaux's Bach is marvellous in sheer purity and vibrancy. He does not shy away from a contemporary rendition of these pieces, instead of encumbering himself with all-too-often artificial limitations of so called "performance practise". Instead, the violin literally rings like a bell when chords are played, while the line of the pieces is meticulously developed and maintained throughout (no mean feat, believe me).
It is hard to say which is the best recording of any piece, let alone something as frequently recorded as the Bach violin solo cycle, but this comes pretty darn close to such a title.
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5.0 out of 5 stars TOTALLY BLOWN AWAY July 13 2001
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I always liked Bach's works for solo violin, and had a few recordings of them, but they were budget recordings of mediocre quality, yet still, they were beautiful. However, until hearing this Grumiaux recording, I had no idea just how beautiful and powerful these pieces could be. This recording is masterful, creating a great balance between perfect technique(and these are supposed to be some of the most technically challenging pieces for violin)and emotional and spiritual power(I think Bach should always have a spiritual feeling to it because he was inspired by religion and even his secular works are rather divine). The playing is some of the finest violin playing I've ever heard, and the sound quality of the recording is fantastic. My reaction to this record now is the same as when I first heard it: I was and am totally blown away by the quality of the compositions and the playing. Be marveled by one of the best Bach performances available. The famous chaconne(or ciaccona, your choice) is definitely the highlight. WOW!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best overall performance Feb. 3 2004
By blue-59
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Several recorded versions of the Bach sonatas and partitas are about as good as performances can be, and, like the Well-Tempered Keyboard, these works are of such central importance to Western music that serious listeners simply cannot own too many versions.
But if I were restricted to owning just one, Grumiaux's would be it. Though pedants may complain that Grumiaux deviates from what modern scholarship has determined about Bach performance style, he still delivers a hundred percent of this most glorious music.
The recorded sound is superb: smooth and musical from first note to last. It is hard to believe that these recordings were made in 1960 and 1961. Now I see that Philips has 24-bit/96k remastered these. I will purchase that set immediately!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent!!! March 10 2003
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I was going to buy Szeryng's recording but somehow got this one.
It's truly amazing! You can hear the passionate yet stately noble interpretation by Grumiaux along with the musicality he brought out from the sonatas and partitas. He adds to them his own style yet not affecting the objective view of looking at the music, which I think is important when playing Bach.
I play cello myself, and like the 6 cello suites these 6 works for unaccompanied violin are truly superior work for the instrument. It is a must-have collection, for anyone who even have a slight interest in violin/string music, and for anyone who loves Bach.
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3.0 out of 5 stars It`s Music
It`s Good Music its just not the kind of music that gets my head spinning when i listen to it
Published 9 months ago by cross con
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure Music: no Bach, no Grumiaux
Of all my many recordings of the Sonatas & Partitas, this is the purest music. All there is is music: neither the personality of Grumiaux nor the technical accomplishment of Bach... Read more
Published on March 28 2011 by mcewin
5.0 out of 5 stars Not the best, but extremely good.
This is not the best recording of these works, however it is still one that is worthy of the works. The tone is broad, warm and relatively rich. Read more
Published on March 9 2003 by Anton Dam
5.0 out of 5 stars Desert island disc
Priceless performance from Grumiaux. You could say I worship the man. Full throttle recommendation.
Published on Feb. 27 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful
This is a superb recording of a series of masterpieces. Grumiaux's performance is splendid and the quality of the recording is outstanding. Read more
Published on June 14 2002 by R. Albin
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely transcendental
I stumbled upon this recording gem as college student needing to find a recording of the Ciaccona for a class paper. Read more
Published on May 11 2002
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb renditions of truly exquisite quality..
This set by Grumiaux of Bach's Sonatas and Partitas is truly magnificent. The recording quality is great and words cannot express the beauty of the music and the artistry of... Read more
Published on April 25 2002 by Kersi Von Zerububbel
5.0 out of 5 stars My favorite recording of a cornerstone of Western art.
The name Johann Sebastian Bach conjures up a multitude of musical vistas: Cantatas and oratorios, instrumental concerti, solo keyboard works, chamber music, and, ultimately, a... Read more
Published on May 25 2001 by Bob Zeidler
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