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Concertos / Toccata / Partita Import


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Elena Kuschnerova's all-Bach recital of March 2000 in Weinbrennersaal in Baden-Baden, Germany. This recital was initially recorded for a radio broadcast.

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It is one of those CDs that don’t get worn out with use. This is a wonderful disc, highly recommended. -- Fanfare, 11/12 2001 (Laura Rónai)

Listening to her Bach is something like observing a celestial clockwork. -- American Record Guide, 11/12 2001 (Rob Haskins)

1. Italian Concerto BWV 971 - 1-No tempo indication
2. Italian Concerto BWV 971 - 2-Andante
3. Italian Concerto BWV 971 - 3-Presto
4. French Suite No.2 BWV 813 - 1-Allemande
5. French Suite No.2 BWV 813 - 2-Courante
6. French Suite No.2 BWV 813 - 3-Sarabande
7. French Suite No.2 BWV 813 - 4-Air
8. French Suite No.2 BWV 813 - 5-Menuett
9. French Suite No.2 BWV 813 - 6-Gigue
10. Toccata in E minor BWV 914
11. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 1-Toccata
12. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 2-Allemande
13. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 3-Courante
14. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 4-Air
15. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 5-Sarabande
16. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 6-Tempo di Gavotta
17. Partita No.6 in E minor BWV 830 - 7-Gigue
18. Prelude & Fugue in C minor from WTC, book 1

Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 29, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Orfeo
  • ASIN: B00005JXWI
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #722,295 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Larry VanDeSande VINE VOICE on August 1, 2004
This remarkable CD, recorded during a 2000 concert in Baden Baden, was rightfully graded a rosette in the 2003-04 edition of the Penguin Guide to Classical CDs.

Elena Kuschnerova is not a name familiar to many classical music fans. She was instructed in Russia and now lives in Germany. This Bach album is extraordinary, showing a command of the keyboard with technique to burn and musical understanding beyond her years.

Yet, throughout the concert, the pianist eschews flashiness or technique for its own sake. She is consistently at the service of J.S. Bach and his intentions are completely fulfilled in ways that many far more famous pianists cannot match. All the while, her musical intelligence shows like a beacon on a pitch black evening.

The linchpin in this concert is the monumental Partita No. 6 in E minor, one of Bach's most dramatic keyboard creations that is every bit the equal of Beethoven's final all is dust piano sonatas.

From the dramatic opening scale of the Toccata to the closing bars of the seventh movement Gigue, Kuschnerova never fails to entertain, delight and enthrall with her combined command, technique and understanding. Far from being a traversal a Tocatta and six French dances, she creates an organic entity that carries the listener with its sweep and grandeur. Her playing has an inevitability that projects every phrase, every moment, every note in the score as being correct, dramatic and dignified.

The other pieces on this concert -- a French suite, a Toccata and the famous Italian Concerto -- are all done equally well in sound that is exemplary for a concert recording.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Arthur Morgan on October 20, 2012
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If I could give this recording six stars I would. I bought it after reading the reviews on Amazon, and for once they are not exaggerations--this is, as they say in the States, the real deal. If Bach didn't play his music this way, he ought to have done! I'm not able to say, as one reviewer did, that this is the single best Bach disc ever--there are too many I haven't heard. But I can't think of a better one. Music reviews run the risk of diminishing the complexity and richness of what is communicated by a really top performance, probably because it is beyond words. This performance is beyond criticism. You simply have to open ears and mind and listen to it.
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By tseng on November 24, 2013
I am a little disappointed with live concert these days...the 3 Goldberg Variations I heard in past year in various New York City venues were just not as good as their recordings. I do not mean any technical mistakes which will not detract from overall musicality, but the artistry. I imagine that the excitement of live performance should give a more passionate reading. From reading Reinventing Bach by Paul Elie, I gather it
is the splicings that created those records. I am therefore a little doubtful about this live recording by Elena Kuschnerova, but the reviews were so tempting...
This is all I wanted from a great music experience! She plays Bach with clarity and passion. I found her partita #6 is as excellent as any of the usual go to recordings (Gould, Tureck, Perahia, Hewitt etc in my collections)and curiously more enjoyable, perhaps because it is a live performance. Her playing reminds me of Maria Tipo's recording, very personal but not as pianistic. Even if you already have other Bach solo piano recordings, this is still worth getting, it is just soooo gooood!
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ps the Italian concerto is just as exciting!
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