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Sonatas & Partitas for Unaccom

Bach Audio CD
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1. Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001, In A Minor [Orig.G Minor]: Adagio
2. Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001, In A Minor [Orig.G Minor]: Fuga
3. Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001, In A Minor [Orig.G Minor]: Siciliano
4. Sonata No. 1, BWV 1001, In A Minor [Orig.G Minor]: Presto
5. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Allemanda
6. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Double
7. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Corrente
8. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Double
9. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Sarabande
10. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Double
11. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Tempo di Bourree
12. Partita No. 1, BWV 1002, In B Minor: Double
13. Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003, In B Minor [Orig. A Minor]: Grave
14. Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003, In B Minor [Orig. A Minor]: Fuga
15. Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003, In B Minor [Orig. A Minor]: Andante
16. Sonata No. 2, BWV 1003, In B Minor [Orig. A Minor]: Allegro
17. Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, In E Minor [Orig. D Minor]: Allemanda
18. Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, In E Minor [Orig. D Minor]: Corrente
19. Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, In E Minor [Orig. D Minor]: Sarabanda
20. Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, In E Minor [Orig. D Minor]: Giga
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While many guitarists carry single movements from Bach's solo violin sonatas and partitas in their repertoires, Paul Galbraith has transcribed the entire set for his custom-made eight-string instrument. The arrangements are wrought with skill, and employ subtle textural filling and intriguing segues between certain movements. Yet Galbraith's glitchless, fur-tipped fingers coddle these works to where Bach's harmonic daring, rhythmic momentum, and emotional contrasts vanish into smooth oblivion. Great guitar playing and gorgeous sonics, yes, but essentially Bach-lite. --Jed Distler

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5.0 out of 5 stars magnificent performance, excellent recording Oct. 14 2002
Format:Audio CD
I would like to echo the recommendations of those reviewers who lavishly praise this recording. I have been entranced by these CDs since I purchased them about five months ago; I play a sonata or partita almost every day. I usually give the playback my full attention, listening through a high-resolution high-fidelity system. In my opinion, those reviewers who have criticized the sound of this recording (breathing noises, "cold" performance, etc.) are hearing it played back on a flawed sound system. While I find much merit in various other versions I have heard over the years, Galbraith's has become my reference for these Bach compositions. My preconceptions were shattered the first couple of times I heard them, and I soon concluded that Galbraith understands, interprets and performs this music better than anyone else. He has linked together the six sonatas and partitas into a coherent and interactive sequence that enhances the significance of each portion of the works. This recording has given me back pleasure and nourishment out of all proportion to the purchase price. I now rank it among the most significant recordings (of any genre) I have ever had the pleasure to hear. At the end of a tough work day, this music focuses my life into a meaningful perspective and renews my spiritual energies.
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5.0 out of 5 stars WOW! I have never heard playing like this either June 2 2001
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Format:Audio CD
Paul Galbraith plays these beautiful, transcendant works of art so convincingly. The articulation is sublime, and the music emerges with unbelievable clarity. His crisp, perfect technique is enhanced further by the two extra strings on his guitar and the soundbox upon which it is played. There is very big sound here without sacrificing the separation of voices in the music. It just surrounds you--a three dimensional experience. Not even one buzzed or blurred note appears. He reminds me of Glenn Gould. They both use rhythmic precision to accentuate the structure of the music, and it is never tampered with. No schmaltz here at all. To call this "Bach lite" is blasphemous. If you like the way Segovia romanticized (or mutilated) Bach, then yes, pass on this CD. [If one finds the Chaconne too slow, Manuel Barrueco offers the best alternative--another flawless, perfectly articulated interpretation with gorgeous tone]. Paul Galbraith is one of the best ever, and his style is immediately recognizable (again like Gould). In this landmark recording, he accomplishes something that no other guitarist ever has. He overcomes the limitations of the guitar and offers pure Bach. It is the music itself that shines here. It sparkles like a diamond. It is so beautiful.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent performance April 10 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I fell in love with Bach's music many years ago, and as a player of classical guitar I have had the pleasure of enjoying the great recordings of Bream, Segovia, Yepes, etc. I haven't been actively keeping up in this area of late, but a review of the Galbraith recordings of the Bach Violin Sonatas and Partitas came to my attention, and I decided to jump back in. I feel fortunate that I did! I never thought my interest could be rekindled like this. Galbraith's interpretations of these pieces is deeply reverent of the music. Galbraith doesn't try to showcase his playing. Rather, he has clearly dedicated himself to understanding the music, and playing exquisitely detailed and unhurried performances that let the music speak for itself. For those of you who are new to this music, the Chaconne from the 2nd Partita is one of the crowning monuments of any music by any composer of any time. Each time I listen, I marvel at how much emotion comes from this profound and spare piece of music. As Galbraith says in the liner notes, this piece is "fathomless" in it's depth. Galbraith's slower-than-typical pace, and his reverent attention to each note and musical line is wholly up to the inspiration this piece demands. The performance is heart stopping. It brings me to tears each time I listen, and I have to remember to start breathing again when it's over. I think that both people familiar with this music and people new to it can find great enjoyment in these performances. END
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5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Work/Essential Performance Jan. 22 2000
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Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to the sonatas & partitas for solo violin since the early 70's when I purchased a budget 3 record set of Szeryng's violin performances. After 25+ years of intense listening to a variety of artists performing this work on violin and guitar I am still often moved to tears by the power and beauty of the compositions. Galbraith's performances convey an almost complete absence of ego. There is nothing flashy or explosive about this recording. He delivers transcriptions for the guitar and execution that conveys the most extreme reverence for the music. In spite of his restraint there is nothing dull or flat about the recordings however. He performs on a bizarre 8-string guitar that he has helped develop which utilizes a sound box between his feet connected to the guitar by a metal rod. This guitar sounds gorgeous. The combination of Galbraith's approach and the richness of sound elevates the overall effect to almost unbearable transcendent beauty. This recording should provide a lifetime of enjoyment to anyone who has a deep appreciation and love for music.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Style over Substance
While this recording does indeed showcase the harmonic possibilities of the 8-string guitar's extended range, Galbraith does little to prove he understands Baroque music. Read more
Published on Nov. 11 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars You've never heard the guitar played like this
I was skeptical about this 8-string guitar, but right from the first bar of the first movement, I realized this was going to be an extremely pleasurable musical experience. Read more
Published on July 31 2003
5.0 out of 5 stars You've never heard the guitar played like this
I was skeptical about this 8-string guitar, but right from the first bar of the first movement, I realized this was going to be an extremely pleasurable musical experience. Read more
Published on July 31 2003 by R. Avital
5.0 out of 5 stars Great interpretation
Great CD - a definite must. Don't let reviews criticizing the perceived lack of interpretation/emotion keep you from buying this CD; the performances are right on and very... Read more
Published on Sept. 10 2001 by Josh Estrada
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing recording!
This recording definitely should be part of your Bach collection! Mr. Galbraith has remained faithful to the original score in this interpretation. Read more
Published on Jan. 9 2001 by Christopher Beecroft
3.0 out of 5 stars Technical Mastery, but Emotionally Cold
My first reaction was "Wow!" Galbraith is as good a technical guitarist as I've ever heard. Read more
Published on Dec 18 2000 by Clark W. Ross
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach is Best on Guitar
Paul Galbraith is the newest of those guitarists who have discovered that the guitar can attain a greater acoustic depth by adding a few strings... Read more
Published on Nov. 15 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad at all!
I had purchased this CD because I am currently working on a Bach Partita (no. 2) on Violin and I wanted the Guitar version. Galbraith is a wonderful performer. Read more
Published on Sept. 3 2000 by Jeannine Sturm
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond excellence!
As a professional classical guitarist, I can tell you that to play Bach on the guitar is a tremendous but worthwhile challenge. Read more
Published on July 21 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars Supurb - Crystal clear playing.
I can't recommend this one strongly enough. Beautifully lucid playing - completely devoid of the poisonous little "personal touches" that so many artists bring to these... Read more
Published on May 12 2000 by Daniel L. Wyatt
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