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Bach Partitas 4, 2 & 5

4.1 out of 5 stars 7 customer reviews

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Anyone who thinks Glenn Gould's riveting, ascetic approach changed Bach piano playing forever should listen to this disc. Richard Goode is too fine a musician to blur Bach's textures or to mess up the music with romantic tempo fluctuations. But he does play Bach as piano music, with plenty of dynamic gradations and a predominantly lyrical approach. His tempo for the Allemande of the Fourth Partita is daringly slow, although he can toss off a gigue like the wind, if he likes. While this is not the most stylish Bach playing by contemporary standards, every movement is strongly characterized and every note carefully considered. Call Goode a throwback, if you like, but even if you have second thoughts about his playing, it's completely convincing while you're listening. --Leslie Gerber
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (February 16, 1999)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00000I103
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #97,672 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By A Customer on July 15, 1999
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Goode plays simply, elegantly, and clearly. No unwanted striving for effects. If Bach is to be played on a modern piano, this is without a doubt preferable to the staccato harpsichord-like immitative style of, say, Tureck and can be favourably compared to Schiff. The lack of pretention is refreshing and Goode never forgets that these are dance suites. The absence of any audible groaning and crooning is a very welcome bonus.
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Richard Goode's recording of the 2nd, 4th, and 5th partitas of Bach can be analyzed, compared, contrasted, etc. but what really matters is the way this pianist communicates the spirit of Bach. This is playing neither of false piety nor self glorification.
Goode's thorough concept of these pieces is put at the service of the composer and communicates the genuine human nature, faith, and life affirmation which are the hallmarks of Bach's music.
More importantly than this or that tempo or such a phrasing, Goode gets through to the meaning of the music. That's why I listen to this recording.
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Goode does a great job of rescuing Bach from the Early Music folks and making him come alive on the piano. His playing is lively, with a beautiful sound and a flexible sense of rhythm. If you're tired of uninflected, rhythmically static Bach, you will definitely enjoy this album.
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Goode plays beautifully, although with a characteristic pianistic approach that shows that Richard is probably more at home with Beethoven than Bach. The unsurpassed recording is still Glenn Gould's Partitas, but Goode brings in a clarity that is becoming. Goode is a good chioce for those that want a straight-forward interpretation, but for those that want more Bach magic and can live with some eccentricity - get Glenn Gould.
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