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Unaccompanied Vln Sons/Partita

Johann Sebastian Bach Audio CD
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars By far the best! Oct. 25 2003
By Amalia
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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2.0 out of 5 stars Bach through rose-tinted glasses June 9 2003
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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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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Jan. 4 2003
Format:Audio CD
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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4.0 out of 5 stars Perlman's love for Bach is evident April 30 2002
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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Heaven Sept. 6 2001
By A Customer
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Itzhak Perlman at his best. March 3 2001
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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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3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not that good! Dec 30 2000
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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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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. 23 2000
5.0 out of 5 stars IMMACULATE CONCEPTION
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. Read more
Published on July 5 2000 by Shawn Chua
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Very good - but not in a class with Szeryng or Milstein
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... Read more
Published on Nov. 5 1999 by Hans U. Widmaier
5.0 out of 5 stars Anachronistic but beautiful interpretation
This is one of the two extremes of Bach interpretation, the other extreme being a dry, technical reading with little or no vibrato. Read more
Published on Sept. 18 1999 by arterry@comp.uark.edu
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. 12 1999
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