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Bach: 3 Sonatas & 3 Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001 - 1006 Import


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  • Performer: Gidon Kremer
  • Composer: Johann S. Bach
  • Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Polygram Records / Philips
  • ASIN: B0000040YB
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #296,896 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Santa Fe Listener HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on November 14, 2011
Format: Audio CD
(The review below repeats a post that covered the three Partitas only.)

If you adn't noticed, Bach aficionados as a grumpy, contentious lot, and have been long before the period stylists assaulted the city gates with battering rams. In 1981 The Gramophone's reviewer greeted Gidon Kremer's first cycle of Bach's solo sonatas and partitas quite sourly, admiring the brilliant technique but deciding, overall, that the interpretation was wide of Bach's intentions. This strikes me as indefensible. The hand-written manuscript of 1720 contains many markings for dynamics and articulation, yet no one has ever heard Bach perform these masterpieces - he was an accomplished violinist and violist himself - and every era has interpreted the score according to changes in taste.

Kremer clearly sets out to interpret the thee partitas, which unlike the sonatas are dance suites based on the prevailing French model. By contrast, there are purists like Christian Tetzlaff who inject a minimum of personality. Kremer seems unrestrained and free set next to Tetzlaff's beautiful restraint. I don't think it's more respectful to keep your own ideas out of this music; great musicians exist to offer their ideas, and I'm sure that was true in Bach's day as well. But the fashion in our time is for anonymous literalism, and the listener should be prepared for Kremer's antithetical approach.

Not that he violates the letter of the score; he adds nuances and personal gestures of phrasing. At times he prefers faster than usual tempos in the quick dances. Following a rather old-fashioned, even romantic, tradition, he leans fairly aggressively into the double and triple stops rather than making a point, as Tetzlaff does, of showing how easily they can be brought off.
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4 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Bjorn Viberg on November 19, 2011
Format: Audio CD
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006 is a 1983 Teldec Classics International recording starring violinist Thomas Zehetmair. Gerhard Schuhmacher has written the music notes. You can feel the passion and that Mr Zehetmair truly understands the nature and the soul of Bach's music. Truly a profound listening experience. I love it. Highly recommended. 5/5.
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14 of 30 people found the following review helpful By C. Toma on March 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
That Kremer is the greatest violinist of our time is no question. These 1980 recordings demonstrate an understanding of Bach's aesthetic reaching far beyond that of most of his virtuoso colleagues (Milstein, Shumsky, Perlman, Martzy & Szeryng included). Kremer hits exactly at the intersection between skill, passion, intellect and soul--the essence of Bach. His interpretation of the ubiquitous Ciaccona in particular is a miracle of music-making; I cannot tire of its overwhelming incandescence.

In short, this is the set to get. I hear Mr. Kremer has recently recorded these pieces anew, and they are still pending release, but until then, this one's damn well near definitive.
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