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JS Bach: Keyboard Partitas-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Keyboard Partitas-No 1

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JS Bach

Keyboard Partitas--No 1, BWV825; No 2,

BWV826. English Suite No 3, BWV808

Rudolf Buchbinder pf

Sony Classical (F) 88875 05330-2 (57' * DDD)

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Rudolf Buchbinder offers Bach-playing of confidence and intelligence, unafraid to ornament and keen to point up the drama of the music.

I have the impression that Bach is for him above all a serious composer: in the opening of the Second Partita, he emphasises the strong-jawed quality of the chordal writing, melting less than some Perahia and Goode, for example--in the limpid Andante that follows. Faster movements tend to be somewhat straitlaced: just compare the same Partita's Allemande with Anderszewski, live at Carnegie Hall. With this seriousness comes, at times, a lack of variety within the suites. By taking the Courante of BWV826 somewhat steadily and the following Sarabande relatively quickly, he lessens their characterfulness.

What I missed in these readings was a sense of sheer physical pleasure. The hand-crossing Gigue from the First Partita, for instance, is a model of finesse and joy in Perahia's performance, a careering speediest of the greatest ebullience in Anderszewski's, alongside which Buchbinder sounds steady and a touch po-faced. …

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