Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach to Parker'

Magazine article Gramophone

'Bach to Parker'

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'Bach to Parker' JS Bach Solo Violin Partita No 2, BWV1004--Chaconne Borenstein Quasi una cadenza Bowden Lines written a few miles below Campbell Two Extremes M Davis Donna Lee (a) Fujikura Kusmetche Hawkins Bobop Meredith Charged Muhly A Long Line Sadikova La Baroque Williams Mr Punch Thomas Gould vn (a) David O'Brien db Champs Hill [F] CHRCD078 (70' * DDD)

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Bach is the arbiter of many good and different things, and it's no coincidence that the only composers paired with any reliability in recordings with Bach--especially the solo violin works--are contemporary. Not only because Bach inevitably makes so many of his own contemporaries sound inferior when standing next to them but because he provides such a useful and often grounding touchstone for new music.

That theory only bears out, though, if the Bach is played as straightforward, accomplished and without overpowering ego. It's a relief, then, that Thomas Gould's opening performance of the Chaconne on his disc 'Bach to Parker' is just that--an admirable performance technically (with just enough of a stamp of his own personality to make it distinctive), the tempo relationships make sense, and his musical argument is intelligent but uncomplicated. …

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