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JS Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas-No 1

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas-No 1

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JS Bach

Solo Violin Sonatas--No 1, BWV1001; No 2, BWV1003; No 3, BWV1005

Midori Seiler vn

Berlin Classics (F) 0300721BC (68' * DDD)

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Midori Seiler's recording of the unaccompanied Partitas of JS Bach (released five years ago--4/11), had a number of difficulties that stood in the way of its overall appeal. These not only took the form of inconsistent tempi but also raised a barrier between performance and listener by over-emphasising what were otherwise sensitive insights. That is far less in evidence in this companion volume of the Sonatas, although it hasn't been entirely erased. It's a shame because, as with the first, this is a recording that shows Seiler to be a wonderful period performer (best known for her work with the Akademie fur Alte Musik Berlin and Anima Eterna). The Second Sonata, in A minor, she captures particularly beautifully, displaying a power and clarity of phrasing and articulation usually more the domain of modern players with their robust bows, strings and set-ups, while keeping its sadness firmly within the realms of the human through understated expression and gentle articulation. …

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