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Unaccompanied Vln Sons/Partita

Johann Sebastian Bach Audio CD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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Disc: 1
1. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonta No.1, BWV 1001; Adagio
2. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonta No.1, BWV 1001; Fuga
3. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonta No.1, BWV 1001; Siciliana
4. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonta No.1, BWV 1001; Presto
5. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 1, BWV 1003: Alemanda
6. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 1, BWV 1003: - double
7. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 1, BWV 1003: Corrente
8. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 1, BWV 1003: - double
9. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 1, BWV 1003: Sarabande
10. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 1, BWV 1003: - double
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Disc: 2
1. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 Allemanda
2. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 Corrente
3. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 Sarabanda
4. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 Giga
5. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 2, BWV 1004 Ciaccona
6. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 Adagio
7. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 Fuga
8. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 Largo
9. Sonatas And Partitas: Sonata No. 3, BWV 1005 Allegro
10. Sonatas And Partitas: Partita No. 3, BWV 1006 Preludio
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4.0 out of 5 stars Perlman's love for Bach is evident April 30 2002
Format:Audio CD
Is this the Bach collection for baroque purists? Of course not. Nor will it please the lovers of the old-school romantics. However, it is a superb collection if approached on its own merits. Nobody can fault the sound on these CDs, it is just simply wonderful. It is also clear that Perlman does not approach unaccompanied Bach lightly --- two full decades of recording passed before he felt confident to record these works, and his respect and love for Bach comes through with every note.
Whether or not you approve of the use of vibrato, it is obvious that Perlman has carefully thought through every bit of phrasing. The result is very satisfying, and the musical ideas flow comfortably from one passage to the next. I don't find the vibrato to be a distraction --- and let's face it, all of us who play unaccompanied Bach throw a little vibrato in there from time to time. This is a far cry from some of the grotesque, turn-of-the-century romantic parodies of Bach, where the vibrato and phrasing nearly obliterates Bach's original structure. Listen to how Perlman puts together these pieces. He is not guilty of romantic self-indulgence here.
Compare it to Milstein and Szeryng if you must. I believe that Perlman holds his own here. He certainly has produced the best Bach collection in the last 30 years, no doubt.
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5.0 out of 5 stars IMMACULATE CONCEPTION July 5 2000
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Being one of the pillars of the solo violin repertoire, the Sonatas and Partitas require a player with a boundless reserve of virtuosity, passion, emotion, strength and musicality. Long before Paganini became the non plus ultra for violin music, this was the benchmark. In this recording, Itzhak Perlman more than sufficiently delivers the goods and successfully interprets the music and transcends its demands. Hearing his effortlessly navigate the music is quite simply a revelatory experience. It is almost obscene the way he throws off the technicalities and pyrotechnics without working himself into a fervour. His fingering is immaculately pristine and his bowing serves up the requisite intonational precision. In his hands, the music takes on a throb and pulse that sees the music through from start to finish. Most recommended is the 2nd Partita and its monumental and demanding Ciaccona. Its vast structure lasting about a quarter of an hour culminates in a reworking of the themes where we hear Perlman sawing through the music as we almost see his involved and relentless bowing. The Prelude from the 3rd Partita takes on a fleet and infectious rhythm that carries on unabated till the climax. Perlman plays on two gorgeous instruments in this recording, both of them priceless treasures - a Guaneri del Gesu 'Ex Sauret' and a Stradivari "Soil". This is something that truly bears repeated listening and which must be heard to be believed.
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Perman's unbelievable fame tends to obscure the superior accomplishments of others. That's a real pity because interested newcomers to this repretoire will be steered away from the two recordings that tower like giants over all others: those of Henryk Szeryng and Nathan Milstein. Perlman is not in their class. He has, of course, the technical, musical and tonal resources to play these peices beautifully. But his renditions just don't have the overwhelming grandeur of Szeryng's and Milstein's (as different as those two are from each other). Perlman plays well (extremely well, better than most mortals can even dream of), but he breaks no new ground, shows us no new dimensions in these pieces. You get what you would expect: gorgeous tone, fluid lines, tasteful phrasing, solid intonation. But he remains so conventional, so caught up in the reigning aesthetc ideal. All the truly great Bach players have managed to transcend mere beauty. To mention just a few: With Casals, we seem to witness the creation of the world, foundational events of immeasurable vastness. With Gould, we experience Bach's logico-mathematical genius. With Szeryng, Bach's music becomes a cathedral, a giant structure pointing beyond itself. Milstein's Bach is a life elixir, a joyous celebration of unlimited creativity and playfulness. Perlman's Bach? It's beautiful, but no more than that. My recommendation: Don't follow Perlman's fame. Get the Szeryng and Milstein sets and witness true greatness.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anachronistic but beautiful interpretation Sept. 18 1999
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This is one of the two extremes of Bach interpretation, the other extreme being a dry, technical reading with little or no vibrato. Perlman's brilliant, full, rich tone is completely different from what would have been heard in Bach's time--in fact, the use of vibrato did not become commonplace until the late 19th century, during the Romantic movement. But in fact, there is no reason why this beautiful tone cannot be applied to Bach too! Since it is an extreme, this recording may not please purists, but I have always thought that Bach would have liked to be able to hear his music performed as it often is today, using the full range of technical possibilities that have been developed since his time. In addition, the magnificent violins that Perlman uses for his recording, a Guarneri del Gesu of 1740 and a Stradivari of 1714, are truly pleasurable to hear. This is my favorite recording of Bach's music for unaccompanied violin, and it is one that I often turn to in my own study of the music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best!
As a violinist myself I can only say that this is the best recording by far, of the Bach solos. I've been listening to it daily for several years now and I am more inspired with... Read more
Published on Oct. 24 2003 by Amalia
2.0 out of 5 stars Bach through rose-tinted glasses
Some people approach this music emotionally and that's fine. I am in the other camp where I listen to it architecturally, i.e. Read more
Published on June 9 2003 by Ling-Nan Zou
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Perlman is a great violinist. This recording is among the best of them. However, it is surpassed by both Milstein and Szeryng. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 2003 by Daniel Adams
5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven
When I listen to Bach's Partita no. 3, I am sure that this is what God listens to in heaven. This wonderful recording exhists because of four great geniuses: Bach; the builder of... Read more
Published on Sept. 6 2001
5.0 out of 5 stars Itzhak Perlman at his best.
This really does show how Itzhak Perlman is probably the best violinist living today. The tone, the colour and just about everything proves it. Read more
Published on March 3 2001 by "carl101"
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not that good!
This is a good recording. But it falls far short of becoming a immortal recording of Bach sonatas and partitas. I probably have listened this more than a hundred times. Read more
Published on Dec 30 2000 by Daniel D. Kim
1.0 out of 5 stars Choose: Vibrato or Bach?
If you want to listen to vibrato that sounds like a tortured cat, get this. If you are actually interested in listening to Bach and want to hear an "authentic" recording,... Read more
Published on Sept. 22 2000
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than Milstein, Szeryng, etc.
From the standpoint of sound interpretation, I would place Perlman above the old school performers such as Milstein, Szeryng, Menuhin, and Grumiaux. Read more
Published on Dec 20 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Perlman's Interp is truly divine!
Wow! This CD has some of the best interpretations of Bach, that I have ever heard. I picked up Yo-yo Ma's recording of the cello suites, thought it was the most beautiful Bach I... Read more
Published on Feb. 11 1999
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