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Unaccompanied Vln Sons/Partita


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  • Audio CD (Oct. 15 2001)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: EMI Classics
  • ASIN: B000002RQF
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #57,592 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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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By Amalia on Oct. 25 2003
Format: Audio CD
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 each listen. I'm running out of friends and relatives to give this CD set to!
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Some people approach this music emotionally and that's fine. I am in the other camp where I listen to it architecturally, i.e. the line, the phrasing, the implied counterpoint, &c., and let the emotions sink in later. In this sense this recording is not successful. You cannot doubt Perlman's technique and tone, but his very free take on phrasing and rhythm means the implied counterpoint is distorted and weakened, and the musical structure is obscured. Perlman's uniformly sweet and rich tone also means he does not distinguish among the independent voices of the implied counterpoint, and instead runs them together. The vibrato which he uses throughout also softens the musical phrasing as the articulations cannot be as sharp. The performances sounds very much like how the cadenzas of 19th century violin concertos are played, which does not happen to jive with my ideas of Bach.
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By Daniel Adams on Jan. 4 2003
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Perlman is a great violinist. This recording is among the best of them. However, it is surpassed by both Milstein and Szeryng. Perlman just didn't put as much heart and soul into it as they did. Another thing about this recording is that Perlman records on two different instruments. I really don't like his Stradivarius. It is too bright. He should have recorded the whole thing on his Guarneri and then, if he wanted, done a second recording with his Strad for another label. Technically very well played.
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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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By A Customer on Sept. 6 2001
Format: Audio CD
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 the violin Itzhak plays (not Strativari, the other great one of his day); Edison, who invented the phonograph; and Itzhak Perlman! If one needed proof of God, this is it.
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This really does show how Itzhak Perlman is probably the best violinist living today. The tone, the colour and just about everything proves it. This CD has some of the best violin music ever written and Perlman plays it superbly. Worth every penny.
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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. Unlike Szeryng's DG recording, it gets boring everytime I listen to this. Perlman is a charming violinist who brings his charm to Kreisler and other simple pieces. But his simple personality does not really help him. Perlman's intepretaion is too simple compared to Szeryng.
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