Complete Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin
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|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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|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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Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin
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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Many words could be (and in fact have been) spilt over the issue of who are the best artists for Bach's solo instrumental works. For the keyboard works, it's often a case of "Glenn Gould vs. everyone else," and equally often, piano vs. harpsichord. For the cello suites, substitute Pablo Casals for Glenn Gould, and "never mind that Casals' approach wasn't 'authentic'." Simply put, greatness is, well, greatness.
For these solo violin works, after having heard many great violinists - of both "authentic" and "modern" persuasion - play them, I always come back to this Arthur Grumiaux recording as being my favorite. Grumiaux was nothing if not an elegant violinist, and he had a superb Stradivarius for an instrument. But, if you are thinking that elegance is short for "sounds too smooth for me," rest assured that Grumiaux does not round off the edges of these works. This is a bravura performance of such technical virtuosity that it would be easy to believe Grumiaux to have been a Bach specialist (which he was not, having a far wider repertoire). He simply played these masterpieces in the way that he believed in them: that they do in fact represent "a cornerstone of Western art.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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It`s Good Music its just not the kind of music that gets my head spinning when i listen to itPublished on Jan. 19 2014 by cross con
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 morePublished on March 28 2011 by mcewin
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... Read morePublished on Feb. 3 2004 by blue-59
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... Read more
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 morePublished on March 9 2003 by Anton Dam
Priceless performance from Grumiaux. You could say I worship the man. Full throttle recommendation.Published on Feb. 27 2003
This is a superb recording of a series of masterpieces. Grumiaux's performance is splendid and the quality of the recording is outstanding. Read morePublished on June 14 2002 by R. Albin
I stumbled upon this recording gem as college student needing to find a recording of the Ciaccona for a class paper. Read morePublished on May 11 2002
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 morePublished on April 25 2002 by Kersi Von Zerububbel