Johanna Martzy's Bach Chaconne
There has been a recent discussion of violinist Johanna Martzy either here or on some other site. I picked up her recording of solo Bach and really liked her Chaconne. I don't think I've heard better. For me the crucial passage is (I think it's measure numbers 235-239) where a third voice enters (or appears to enter). She carries out this illusion very well. Has anyone else been getting acquainted with her recordings?
Yes, she was mentioned in the American Scholar by managing editor Sudip Bose, who is apparently a music lover, although I've found that he's much more polite and generous in matters such as intonation and reverence than I might be.
I enjoyed it very much. I also listened to her Schubert, which I thought was very good too. Thank you for sharing.
This is the mentioned recent v.com blog post on Johanna Martzy by Michael Brittan: https://www.violinist.com/blog/FiddlerGT/201910/27943/
I must like "meaty" playing. As to intonation, see the current thread on temperament. (I'll need to listen again for intonation, but I found nothing objectionable on first hearing.) The most common objection seems to be her vibrato.
I listened to her chaconne and I was taken away by how close her interpretation is to my inner interpretation. Her violin sounds like a tornado. It’s almost viola like in timbre. Dark, mysterious and so humane. Soooo humane. It’s as if entire human endeavor of the millennia has culminated in this one performance.
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