Bach sonatas and partitas suggestions
So this has been done before but that was about 15 years ago and some outstanding recordings have come out since then so I figured I would love to hear some new ideas.
Some of my favorites as of late are
Isabelle faust ( my all time favorite)
Kavakos (2005 bach/Stravinsky)
Arthur Grumiaux's and Johnny Gandelsman's recordings are on opposite ends of the spectrum but are both sublime in their musicality.
In alphabetical order, because I can't pick just one:
When I listen to the S&Ps (I have many of the recordings mentioned), nine times out of ten I go with the Hopkinson Smith recording and if I start with another I usually switch back to Smith's. Maybe I should have learned classical guitar instead of returning to the violin - hahahaha.
I love the Hopkinson Smith recording its one of my favorites but I’m pretty sure he’s playing lute not classical guitar.
The new Giuliano Carmignola recording is certainly worth a listen or two...
Yes, Hopkinson Smith plays a German baroque 13 course lute tuned in D minor for this repertoire. He is a tremendously deep-thinking musician; the word that always comes to my mind about his performances is 'persuasive'.
Victoria Mullova (HIP) and Yehudi Menuhin 1976 (Romantic..)
I like Kremer and Mullova. Very different, I know. Someone's playing either grabs me or it doesn't. There are a few movements were I also think Heifetz totally nailed it, like the E Major Gavotte en Rondeau.
I the video linked above, Mullova does the usual up & down thing when the melody is in the bass, while in her (second?) discing, she only goes up. Progress! And in the G minor fugue, she avois silly arpeggios in the wrong places. My 2 centimes d'Euro.
Szeryng (Romantic), Lucy van Dael (HIP), Ilya Kaler.
I like Heifetz and Milstein's entire set of the 6 Sonatas & Partitas. I heard a wonderful live performance of Menuhin playing the Chaconne when he was in his 60's. Oscar Shumsky's Bach, in my opinion, is also very superb and refined.
I'm glad someone finally mentioned Szeryng! I also like Johnny Gandelsman. I bought Rachel Barton Pine's edition last winter and it's very interesting. I've been trying out some of her fingering. I don't think I'll go so far as to buy a Baroque bow.
Shumsky was a surprise and a very gorgeous one. I only have 1 recording of the “romantic” version which is misltein. I am quite obviously a believer in period preformance and those are almost all my versions but I have listed to the Scumsky frequently over the last few days. And thank you everyone for your opinions and I suppose I will give some other suggestions that maybe haven’t been mentioned
Midori, Tetzlaff, Mullova, Ibragimova, Faust, Patrick Bismuth
Itzhak Perlman. There are some nice live performances on YouTube.
Yes I like those of Milstein, both versions (earlier mono and the DG one), and Shumsky's.
Stanley Ritchie has my attention this morning. HIP icon, incidentally with a second book out, this one on interpreting this very repertoire: "The Accompaniment in "Unaccompanied" Bach"
It looks as if we now have at least one vote for almost every significant recording out there.
Many excellent sets mentioned already (and thanks for mentioning my viola version!) I'd like to add Uto Ughi's recording from sometime in the 1990's to the list. He doesn't allow it to get too heavy (from all the chords), always with an eye on the shape of the melodic material. More horizontal than vertical.
Cecylia Arzewski- wonderfully played, and technically superb recording, new in the time range suggested by op
I enjoy Chris Thile (Mandoline)
I like Heifetz (especially his 1935 London performance of the G Minor), Szigeti and Szeryng's earlier mono set (recorded by CBS Disques of France and appearing on the Odyssey record label). For contemporary sets, I like Hilary Hahn and especially Julia Fischer (whose set would be my "desert island" selection).
Hillary Hahn is one of my favroite modern recordings. She does respect both major “schools” of baroque playing which helps me to respect her approach more as many “romantic” players simply disapprove of HIP entirely.
Another vote for Hilary Hahn, especially her new recording. Highlight for me is the A minor sonata.
I gotta second that Papavrami vote. I like Midori, but the set has a few weird touches that I'm not a fan of. Hahn is too slow and meandering.
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