She is one of the finest violinists and her Bach solos are exquisite.
Harpsichord version of Bach Chaccone played by Marie Leonhardt’s husband Gustav Leonhardt
She was undeniably an important pioneer but her style in the Chaconne is a bit hard (for me) to take nowadays. I find this much more to my taste although Marie is balanced rather backwardly against that great plonking thing:
I wasn't expecting to wake up listening to Bach this morning, thanks both of you.
Oh, I like that Chaccone recording. I thought the voicing and phrasing were unusually clear. Stylistically, it's a nice change from my usual worship of Gidon Kremer. :) Thanks Yixi!
Paul, I am so glad to know that you also appreciate her and her Bach so much. My teacher Garrett Fischbach considers her Bach to be one of the finest out there, along with her former student Lucy van Dael. I used to love all the more romantic performances of Bach solos. These days honestly I can’t listen to them.
In the 1960's interpretations like Marie's came as a welcome antidote to the "romantic" style of players like Menuhin and Grumiaux that I never could enjoy. Nowadays I think some players are finding a happy medium, e.g. Mark Bouchkov
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