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JS Bach: Six Keyboard Partitas

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Six Keyboard Partitas

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JS Bach

Six Keyboard Partitas, BWV825-830

Jory Vinikour hpd

Sono Luminus (B) [3] DSL92209 (154' * DDD)

Bach the inexhaustible. What we know about his music, from musicologists such as Christoph Wolff and Michael Marissen, has been supplemented in recent years by the insights of performers, John Eliot Gardner and John Butt among them, and by topical assessments by critics such as Alex Ross. But when this richness of specialist and contextual information threatens surfeit, it's good to return to the music itself, just the notes, as they say.

That is precisely what this new release of the six solo keyboard Partitas by the Chicago-born harpsichordist Jory Vinikour provides. These are straightforward, uncluttered, direct performances that, if far from any stylistic cutting edge, deliver the notes earnestly and sincerely. As such, they fulfil their intent of providing a memorial to the late Huguette Dreyfus, Vinikour's teacher. He plays a beautiful double-manual German-style harpsichord by Thomas and Barbara Wolf, deftly captured by Sono Luminus. …

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