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Bach: The Six Keyboard Partitas Recorded Live in Seattle's Meany Theater Import


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  • Performer: Craig Sheppard
  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (May 30, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Romeo Records
  • ASIN: B000FI9OMM
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #587,158 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Fantasia
2. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Allemande
3. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Corrente
4. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Sarabande
5. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Burlesca
6. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Scherzo
7. Partita for keyboard No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3): Gigue
8. Partita for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (BC L2): Sinfonia
9. Partita for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (BC L2): Allemande
10. Partita for keyboard No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (BC L2): Courante
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Disc: 2
1. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Praeambulum
2. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Allemande
3. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Corrente
4. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Sarabande
5. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Tempo di Minuetta
6. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Passepied
7. Partita for keyboard No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5): Gigue
8. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Praeludium
9. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Allemande
10. Partita for keyboard No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 (BC L1): Corrente
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7 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on September 20, 2009
Format: Audio CD
When Seattle professor Craig Sheppard recorded this set of Bach's Six Partitas for Keyboard in 2006 -- all played in concert -- and released it in USA, it almost immediately set off a tidal wave of adulation from Fanfare magazine and other critics that had never heard of him. How could a player more than 50 years old that had been playing Bach all his life, people would ask, just now come to us?

Sheppard, age 62, is hardly a neophyte, having played Bach a quarter-century and also having recorded the Beethoven 32 Sonatas for Piano under similar circumstances. He attended both the Curtis Institute and Juilliard and won silver medal at the 1972 Leeds International Pianoforte Competition in England. Certain critics called his work a watershed for the time. They didn't say why, a question I was left to find out for myself, in part because, oddly, no imprint was made in Europe. Neither the database of BBC Music Magazine nor Gramophone include a review of Sheppard's recording of the partitas. This is odd since Sheppard made most of his early reputation in Europe and, principally, England.

Sheppard's musicmaking hits you in the face the minute you play anything from this package. His handiwork is magnificent, especially for one off concert recordings. He makes nary a slip, although an occasional clunking pedal caught betrays perfection in the technical package. Still, there's no question the playing is outstanding, certainly on a par with other famous Bach specialists of our time.

Whether he is their equal artistically is another question. The pianist to whom I would most readily compare Sheppard is the Brazillian Bach specialist João Carlos Martins, who was once called the greatest Bach pianist after Glenn Gould.
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11 of 17 people found the following review helpful By J Scott Morrison HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 19, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I had never even heard of Craig Sheppard until I heard a sample of a recording from his complete traversal of the Beethoven sonatas, captured live in a series of recitals in Seattle where Sheppard is a professor at the University of Washington. I was bowled over by it and even more so after I got the whole set. (See my review of that set here: Beethoven: A Journey ) I put Sheppard on my list of pianists to watch for, either in recital anywhere near where I'm located or of new releases. Well, this two-CD set of the Bach Partitas is just out and it is a pure joy. In fact, on the basis of this and the Beethoven set I have decided to automatically obtain whatever Sheppard chooses to record. There are only a few pianists who make that list.

These two CDs, available for the price of one, contain all six of Bach's keyboard partitas which comprise part I of his Klavierübung. Even though he was 46 when they were printed, they were the first of his works to be published. He published them himself with this inscription, "Keyboard practice consisting of preludes, allemandes, courantes, sarabandes, gigues, menuets and other galanteries, composed for music lovers to refresh their spirits." I must say this recording has done that for me; in fact, I had trouble starting this review because I kept going back and listening some more. It is not that I'm not familiar with the partitas -- I've played much of this music myself -- but Sheppard way with the music gave such delight that I didn't want it to stop.
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By B. Lee on September 24, 2008
Format: Audio CD
J. Scott Morrison, a previous reviewer, is right. Craig Sheppard's playing is absolutely fabulous. (On the other hand, Russell M. Sackowitz should get his earwax removed, seriously. How can he describe this lively and exuberant playing as "mechanical"?) I previously downloaded this recording from itunes for my ipod. (I usually listen to Bach on my ipod while I'm exercising in the gym.) But I wanted to have it in CD version, and so I ordered it directly from Craig Sheppard. Both the CD booklet and the CD itself have the pianist's sign and short message: how thoughtful he is! I like Craig Sheppard's playing slightly more than those of Tureck (meditative and introspective) and Perahia (elegant and zingy); much more than Hewitt, Schiff, Roberts.... I also like Partita 1 by Tomsic, and Partita 2 by Argerich. (If only they record the entire six Patitas!)
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Russ Sackowitz on December 16, 2006
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This recording is dull. The notes are there but the spirit and beauty are missing. It is mechanical and wrong-footed.
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