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Inventions & Partita

Johann Sebastian Bach , Janine Jansen , Maxim Rysanov , Torleif Thedeen Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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listen  1. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 1 in C, BWV 772 1:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773 1:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 3 in D, BWV 774 1:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775 1:00$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 5 in E flat, BWV 776 1:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 6 in E, BWV 777 1:59$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778 1:43$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 8 in F, BWV 7790:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780 2:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 10 in G, BWV 7810:56$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782 1:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 12 in A, BWV 783 1:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784 1:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 14 in B flat, BWV 785 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. 15 Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786 - No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786 1:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 1. Allemande 4:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 2. Corrente 2:40$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 3. Sarabande 4:01$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 4. Giga 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - 5. Ciaccona13:19Album Only
listen21. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.1 in C, BWV 787 1:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen22. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.2 in C minor, BWV 788 2:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen23. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.3 in D, BWV 789 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen24. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.4 in D minor, BWV 790 2:17$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen25. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.5 in E flat, BWV 791 1:31$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen26. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.6 in E, BWV 792 1:06$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen27. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.7 in E minor, BWV 793 2:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen28. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.8 in F, BWV 794 1:11$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen29. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.9 in F minor, BWV 795 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen30. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.10 in G, BWV 7960:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen31. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.11 in G minor, BWV 797 2:24$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen32. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.12 in A, BWV 798 1:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen33. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.13 in A minor, BWV 799 1:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen34. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.14 in B flat, BWV 800 1:09$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen35. Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801 - No.15 in B minor, BWV 801 2:34$0.99  Buy MP3 

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  • Performer: Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov, Torleif Thedeen
  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (September 25, 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Decca
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,369 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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"An artist of exquisite talent and beauty." -- The Miami Herald

"Infectious energy, glamorous technique and musical sophistication...a complete musical joy for even the jaded." -- The Los Angeles Times

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
The playing here is at the highest level, and is a real pleasure
to listen to. You hear a sense of joy being conveyed from the
performers, and you hear it in altogether excellent sound.

The articulation is lighter here than in many Bach string recordings
of previous decades, showing the effect of the whole Period Instrument
movement over the last 30 years, but this is certainly modern playing.
There are no extremes in these performances, and everything is done in
good taste, with very clean playing throughout, and yet a richness to
the sound.

The Partita and its justly famous Chaconne are up against very stiff
competition from the likes of Perlman, whose set of the Sonatas and
Partitas is magnificent. The approach here is less labored than in
some performances, though not without pathos. It works very well.
Where the double stopped notes are accented more heavily by Perlman
and Milstein, Jansen halts the pace less severly and keeps the
line flowing. Her intonation is absolutely superb, as is her
tone throughout. Truly gorgeous tone production, which in itself
draws the listener into the music. Hers is a tone and style of
articulation entirely appropriate to this music, and good enough
to make you stop thinking about the performer, at least until it
dawns on you that you seldom hear string playing this enthralling,
and then you wonder what else this artist has been up to lately.
Catch her live if you get the chance.

A refreshing disc, unreservedly recommended.
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Finest violinist in the land... November 24, 2007
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I should provide the disclaimer that I am an unabashed Janine Jansen fan. But, I am certainly not alone. This rendition of the Bach Inventions and Partitas adapted for violin and strings is a revelation. Jansen is, in my opinion the finest violinist performing on the concert stage today. No one I have heard can match her energy and her abandon combined with her prodigious talent. While Bach doesn't offer the opportunity for "abandon" that Mendelssohn does (see my other review on her last CD, which I highly recommend), her interpretation of Bach here is lively and fresh. I love Bach and I feel, as many people do, that most recently, Hilary Hahn has offered a wonderful, "pure" interpretation of her own. But while Hahn clearly has a feel for Bach, Jansen has a feel for expressive violin that makes virtually everything she does unique and often inspired. Her Bach is lively and original yet maintains the tempo and dynamics you would expect. I loved it. I play the CD all of the time. I am not representing myself as an expert on classical music, but I do love to listen to classical CD's and I feel that this one is yet another Janine Jansen masterpiece. If you like and appreciate Janine Jansen, you will certainly not be disappointed with this CD. If you love Bach, again, Jansen's Bach is different but refreshing and original.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Musical find of a generation September 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
I've done comparison listens to the 2nd Partita between Jansen and numerous other violinists (Grumiaux, Menuhin, Szeryng, Steinhardt, Hahn, Fischer, Van Dael, Podger, St. John, Enescu, Heifetz), and compared to Jansen, they all sound a bit humorless and earth bound. Jansen is like a bird who can follow the music wherever it goes, from the earth to the tree tops to the mountains to the sea shore. She is also able to find the "animal" within in each rhythmic structure and bring the full creature into view. The Partitas are after all, dance collections, and Jansen seems to return to this essential fact. For most musicians, listening to them is like looking at the brush strokes of a painting. With Jansen, it is like being actually transported into the scene she is painting and gazing all around it. Her Chaconne is remarkably different from any other performance I've heard. Instead of seeking to carve drama out of every note, she weaves a tapestry of mood that creates each place the Chaconne moves through. In this way, perhaps, hers is the most essentially baroque of the interpretations.

I can think of few musicians with this precious ability --- Ysaye, Schnabel, and Toscanini come first to mind. I hope she will record the Sonatas and the rest of the Partitas, and release them on SACD so that our living rooms may become the Bach dream she is painting.

That said, I do have to confess that of all the performances of the Allemande, Hahn's maestoso serioso interpretation is the one that I find best unlocks the secrets of Bach's notes.

The Inventions, which make up the bulk of this album, don't rise to the heights of Jansen's Partita for me, but are quite spirited and enjoyable.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Bach February 3, 2014
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This is a disc of transcriptions of the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, originally for keyboard and here arranged for violin, viola and cello, and also the D minor Partita or solo violin. I loved Janine Jansen's recording of Bach's Violin Concertos and tried this on the strength of it. It's not quite in the same league for me, but it's very good.

The Inventions are delightful pieces which generally work pretty well in these transcriptions. Some, like Two-Part Invention No.8, are really terrific, with a wonderful bounce and zing. Others don't work quite so well – in No.2, for example, I found the fugal parts rather plodded along and there's a distinctive little phrase (which Fats Waller also used in Makin' Whoopee) which ought to really sing…and doesn't. However, the overall effect is very pleasing. The players are all very good, making these pieces into something like a coherent whole and bringing a good deal of fresh insight to quite a few of them.

The D minor Partita is a monumental piece and a colossal challenge for a violinist. I was speaking to a professional soloist about it not long ago and he ran out of words, shook his head slightly and just said "A lifetime's study." True, but younger violinists like Jansen can still bring insight and freshness to it. She succeeds pretty well here, I think; her technique is superb so she shrugs off the technical challenges and brings her own interpretation to the piece, and does it very well. I find her a little over-expressive at times for Bach, but I found this a rewarding interpretation. Personally, I'll still be playing Rachel Podger
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5.0 out of 5 stars Joyous and spring-like youthful verve and vigour!
I found this quite by chance searching for some CDs featuring the viola player, Maxim Rysanov, who I have recently heard twice in concert. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Lady Fancifull
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Album
I enjoy Bach more than any other composer and I believe Janine Jansen plays Bach with more emotion than any other violinist today. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Timothy J. Kornowski
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach Inventions & Partita
I have several versions of the Bach Inventions and like hearing other interpretations. Some musicians play them as if to break the speed record. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Bach: Inventions & Partita
Bach: Inventions & Partita is a 2007 Decca Music Group Ltd. recording starring violinist Janine Jansen together with Maxim Rysanov, viola player and cellist Torleif Thedeen. Read more
Published on November 12, 2011 by Bjorn Viberg
5.0 out of 5 stars Timeless and Asymptotic to Perfection
Janine Jansen's performance of Bach's "Inventions and Partita" is both fantastic and timeless. For listeners of all types -- from those new to this style of music to those with... Read more
Published on October 19, 2009 by K. Scott Proctor
4.0 out of 5 stars Unique in Sound and Repretoire
Here're are the must haves for any Baroque violin fan: Perlman playing Bach's Sonata&Partilas, Manze playing Bach violin conerti, and Manze playing Tartini sonatas. Read more
Published on November 19, 2008 by Mike Chuang
3.0 out of 5 stars Janine Great, but I have a problem with the pieces.
As usual Janine Jansen plays wonderful. Tim Swensen has written about it very knowledgeable (see his review). I won't repeat. Read more
Published on January 27, 2008 by RabanePaco
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