Ditto. the others are good, but I love the sustain and pace of HH.
From Paul Deck
Posted on October 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Everyone likes Hahn's playing, she's supposed to be the Bach specialist, but I'm voting against the grain. Nothing wrong with her playing, very nice, but I absolutely love Mutter's version of this piece. I've watched this video in the past many times, especially as I was working on the Sarabande myself during the past year. Just a couple of specifics: I prefer her sensuous and interestingly varied vibrato to Hahn's more constant "nervous" sounding vibrato and I think she uses a broader range of tone. To my ear Mutter's playing is more artistic, Hahn's is more academic. I hear in Hahn's playing the respect she has for Bach; with Mutter I hear the love. And thanks for giving us our money's worth by taking the second repeat.
all are excellent of course. Not sure if its the hall vs room acoustics, but Mutter seems a litte less dynamics than hahn, and her playing is a bit more forceful, and deliberate. It just doesnt seem to flow as well. Hahns playing looks and sounds more natural and effortless.
Its a bit hard to describe. And I am certainly not a qualified judge, by any means. just my opinion.....
Mutters Sarabanda actually sounds very nice. But there is a recording of Kavakos, wich is heavenly. Also he plays it sometimes as encore. Very interesting ornamentation in the repeats and as usually nice phrasing, sound and amazing articulation. After the Beethoven Concerto with the Berlin Philharmonic (with is the most exciting live performance of this concerto I know) He played it. unfortunately its not availible for free..
BTW: it's sarabandAAAAAAA its important, because its no frensh sarabande like in the cello suites...
From Paul Deck
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 2:44 PM
I've always been confused why it is written "Sarabanda". To me this is just English transliteration of Sarabande, which would have a pronounced "e" (eh) in the German language. The word "sarabanda" seems very non-German to me.
I agree Kavakos's recording is fantastic, thanks for the link.
Nobody's commented on Fischer's recording. I didn't find anything special about it, but it's still a nice recording of a great piece. One thing she does differently is she rolls her chords more slowly, spending more time on the lower notes. It's a bit unorthodox.
If you look at the original manuscript on IMSLP, you'll see that Bach wrote "Sarabanda" over this movement. It isn't supposed to be a good German word; Bach wrote Italian titles over all of the movements in the D minor partita.
Did you put these clips up for enjoyment or comparison? :)
Julia's is classy, elegant, and organic. To my ears, the most successful of the three.
From Clif Fiske
Posted on October 4, 2012 at 8:51 PM
All three left me wanting more. Lovely ladies playing sensuous music on the fiddle. My wife has agreed to let me run off with any one of the three(especially HH) if they'll take me. I know chances are long, but there is always YouTube. Thank you mrs Niles. Hello to Raphael, trust you are well.
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