When you work on a Bach, how true do you stay to the Baroque performance traditions? I started working on a Bach Partita and realized my teacher has quite a different spin on the piece. Her on the highly-Baroque end and me on the highly-modern end. I -did- know that I wasn't staying true to the composer's intentions, and I'm definitely willing to add in a little baroqueness, but not quite as much as she pictures it... I think her view is very similar as in Viktoria Mullova's performance, which is a bit too much for what i can enjoy. I don't know if it's just that I'm really used to (and have mostly only heard, thus far) the "modern" versions of this, Heifetz/Grumiaux/Milstein/Hahn/Perlman/etc, but I don't really feel or get much out of the highly Baroque versions.... Actually (and unfortunately) I remember getting really annoyed listening to Mullova's or others' recordings on period instrument, gahh. I think I have loved this piece for the "modern" interpretation of this piece, and I'm not sure that i feel the same way towards its "authentic" interpretations. But I've been wanting to work on it forever... So I guess now I realize that I don't like the piece for what it is. But then why do so many professionals play it differently from what I view as the "baroque" style? what do you think? (and please, don't jump on me all at once!)
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