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Bach: The Six Partitas [Import]

Johann Sebastian Bach , Angela Hewitt Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Angela Hewitt is a phenomenal artist who has established herself at the highest level over the last few years not least through her superb, award-winning recordings for Hyperion. Completed in 2005, her eleven-year project to record all the major keyboard works of Bach has been described as “one of the record glories of our age” (The Sunday Times) and has won her a huge following. ... Read more in Amazon's Angela Hewitt Store

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  • Performer: Angela Hewitt
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (May 9, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Hyperion UK
  • ASIN: B000003012
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,150 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Partita No. 1 In B Flat Major, BWV 825: Praeludium
2. Partita No. 1 In B Flat Major, BWV 825: Allemande
3. Partita No. 1 In B Flat Major, BWV 825: Corrente
4. Partita No. 1 In B Flat Major, BWV 825: Sarabande
5. Partita No. 1 In B Flat Major, BWV 825: Menuet I - Menuet II - Menuet I da capo
6. Partita No. 1 In B Flat Major, BWV 825: Giga
7. Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826: Sinfonia: Grave adagio - Andante - Allegro
8. Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826: Allemande
9. Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826: Courante
10. Partita No. 2 In C Minor, BWV 826: Sarabande
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Disc: 2
1. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Fantasia
2. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Allemande
3. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Corrente
4. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Sarabande
5. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Burlesca
6. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Scherzo
7. Partita No. 3 in A Minor BWV 827: Gigue
8. Partita No. 5 in G Major BWV 829: Praeambulum
9. Partita No. 5 in G Major BWV 829: Allemande
10. Partita No. 5 in G Major BWV 829: Corrente
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Sometimes it helps not to specialize. As Angela Hewitt expands her horizons beyond Bach, her Bach, paradoxically, has ripened tenfold, as revealed in this magnificent set of partitas. One listens in vain for a single slip-up in timing or voicing. Articulation is marvelously varied, but never for the sake of variety itself. More to the point, the music's dancelike subtexts bring out a more deeply felt, emotionally three-dimensional music-making than encountered in Hewitt's previous Bach efforts. This gifted pianist has come into her own. Hear her. --Jed Distler

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34 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb Performances of Sublime Music July 12, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It is amazing that Bach's Partitas are the first compositions that he published, though he had written hundreds of others before them. It is also sobering that he had to pay for their publication, as he did for many of the 12 works that were published in his lifetime. [About 1080 compositions have survived, but it is thought that Bach probably wrote about 2000.]
These pieces are among the best of Bach's keyboard works and are played beautifully by Angela Hewitt. I enjoy hearing them played on harpsichord, too, but when they are played on the piano, I want the performer to treat it like a piano as Ms Hewitt does.
She plays stylistically, but is not afraid to occasionally use the pedal and to use the dynamic resources of the piano. I also recommend her set of French Suites.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One woman and a piano... March 30, 2004
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I first heard Angela Hewitt playing Bach on the radio, and immediately sought out a recording. This is what I ended up with, and months later it is still revealing new riches. The music, of course, is vast and rich, and Hewitt breathes life into every note. This is not the cold mathematical playing that some advocate for Bach (and that his music survives), this is Bach that sings and dances, contemplates and exults. Try this out if you want to hear how one slender woman, a piano, and a long dead composer can collaborate to create an entire world.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WONDERFUL PARTITAS August 1, 2007
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J. S. Bach's partitas have always been my favorite keyboard works by that composer. They are filled with so many beautiful melodies, harmonies and wonderful rhythms; they are the epitome of contrapuntal keyboard writing. For many years now I've listened to them played mainly on the harpsichord. What a pleasure it is to hear these works on the modern piano as played by Angela Hewitt.

Angela Hewitt plays the Partitas magnificently. Her articulation is supreme--so rhythmic and clean sounding. The ornamentations (trills, grace notes, etc) are given in a effortless manner. Her use or non use of the pedal is exemplary. I truly loved this album!
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless music and performance September 16, 2007
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The keyboard music of JS Bach is a vast treasure chest of discovery, variety and wealth. The craftsmanship and inventiveness of Bach only gets more impressive the longer one explores the depths. So much of such timeless compositions is experienced in Bach's first pieces to be published, The Partitas (a partita is solo instrumental work of a series of movements aka: 'suite').

Along with the Tocattas and many a preludes or fugue, the Partitas are amoung the Bach's more "weighty" and complexly conceived solo keyboard pieces. The earlier French Suites are more towards the delicate, refined manners of French aristocracy while the English Suites are something in between with their more dramatic opening Preludes yet heartfelt Sarabande movements. These along with the WTC I, II and many other suites form a masterful wealth of music that is timeless in its beauty and ability, as Bach purposed, "to refresh the soul."

It is with recordings like this that Angela Hewitt gained such a broad following with the average public (eg: 2007 Gramophone Artist of the Year). Miss Hewitt's performances are beautifully expressive, quite intelligent in overall conception, elegant as usual and non-idiocyncratic. Plus, the Hyperion recording is among the better in her traversal of Bach's major keyboard works. The recording garnished fine reviews in the UK press. Barring one's preference to a favorite pianist, Angela Hewitt's Bach recordings in general are top recommendations. Amoung them, the Partitas stands amoung the best - due to Bach's genius combined with Hewitt's delectable performances full of tasteful touches, clarity, poise and very realistic piano sound in the recording. Compositions - 5 stars; Performances - 5 stars; Sound quality - 4 stars.

For harpsichord recordings of Bach's Partitas, the 1999 recording by Trevor Pinnock is a landmark for these compositions.
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47 of 65 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good work without much personality July 12, 2005
Format:Audio CD
This was one of the first collections of Bach's Partitas I purchased on CD, having been promoted by British critics. Hewitt's playing in this music is linear, inoffensive, crystalline and lacking in personality. These are good performances but I don't believe this pianist is the final word in this music. The sound on these full priced CDs is fine.

I've tested a number of individual performances (Argerich J.S. Bach: Toccata, Partita, English Suite 2/ Martha Argerich, Pires Maria Joăo Pires ~ Bach - Partita No. 1 · English Suite No. 3 · French Suite No. 2, Wolf Harden Bach, J.S.: Partitas Nos. 3-5, Bwv 827-829, Anderszewski Bach: Partitas Nos. 1, 3, 6, others) and complete sets (Glenn Gould Bach: Partitas BWV 825-830; Preludes and Fugues, Richard Goode, Andras Schiff, Roselyn Turek and Christopher Sager on piano and Igor Kipnis & Trevor Pinnock Bach: Six Partitas, BWV 825-830 (Edition Bachakademie Vol 115) /Pinnock (harpsichord), others on harpsichord, Richard Troeger on clavichord) and have found some of the same shortcomings in all the sets or CDs recorded individually. A newer set by Craig Sheppard has gotten universally good reviews by U.S. critics; I found it a little too in my face and unsubtle.

In particular, Gould can be impatient and is poorly recorded part of the time.
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