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"Her piano playing bears the mark of three great pianists who formed her and of whom she managed to create an improbable synthesis: the panache of Martha Argerich, the musicality of Leon Fleisher, and the impeccable finish of Krystian Zimerman." -- Diapason
Transcriptions of Bach's Chaconnes from the Partita for solo violin in D minor Bwv 1004 by three composers, as well as a timeless interpretation of the original.
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The Busoni transcription has become a concert chestnut lately -- plenty of license for pounding and thrashing, think of Lisztean maple syrup oozing over the crispy Bach waffle -- and there are numerous other versions available, although Edna Stern's performance compares well with them all. The Brahms transcription for left hand hews very close to the violin original and reveals the musicologist side of that romantic composer (editor of a Palestrina edition); also, if you know the classic horror film "Beast with Five Fingers," this resembes the transcription used there. In this piece Stern does fine but not quite up to the performances by Beroff, Sokolov or Zimerman, specifically in the arpeggiated variations. Finally it's nice to round out the comparisons with Bach's original played with the slack bow of a baroque violin.
There is really something special in her way of producing sound.
I also found the baroque violin rendition of the original Bach brilliant. Completely different than Milstein (or Perlman) it has a special character. Quite majestic.