Murray Perahia – J.S.Bach – Partitas No. 1 – 6 (2015)

Composer: J.S. Bach

Composition: Partitas n° 1 à 6

Performers: Murray Perahia

Released: Les indispensables de Diapason / 2015

Sourse of information: Allmusic.com Buy on Amazon

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Murray Perahia is one of the few genuine stars of the piano. His recordings of Bach have been widely, although not universally acclaimed, and even the doubters have to concede that sheer force of personality has helped him command the attention of audiences. The six Bach partitas seem to go together as a set, but Perahia differentiates them to a point where you feel you have all you can handle with just a single disc; the present release is the second in a set of two. None of this is to say that his Bach is of the flashy type. He keeps the tempo within moderate bounds, even in the final gigues where most pianists cut loose, and his playing overall is quiet and finely detailed, with very light extra ornamentation in the repeats. It’s in the details that he shines: sample the alternating quasi-improvisatory and contrapuntal sections of the opening Toccata of the Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830, where you feel as though the piece is being analyzed as you listen, with each dissonance peeled back as if the music were being dissected. Yet the music never loses its basic warmth. The inner dissonances that make themselves known to anyone who plays Bach seriously are all exposed here, taken slowly and gracefully enough that they seem to hang in the air, and further delineated by a range of articulation that brings the movements into sharp contrast even as the overall tenor stays constant. The Tempo di Minuetto of the Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829 (track 11), seems lighter than air. Perahia has combined a basic lyricism with the precision of a player like Alfred Brendel, and the results are stunning. The rather detached sound environment of the Rundfunkzentrum Berlin where the music was recorded is perfectly appropriate to what Perahia is trying to do here; he is drawing the listener into Bach readings that are among the most detailed available.  (source: Allmusic)

CD 1:
01.Partita no.2 in C minor, BWV 826 – 1. Sinfonia 04:43
02.Partita no.2 in C minor, BWV 826 – 2. Allemande 04:52
03.Partita no.2 in C minor, BWV 826 – 3. Courante 02:14
04.Partita no.2 in C minor, BWV 826 – 4. Sarabande 03:58
05.Partita no.2 in C minor, BWV 826 – 5. Rondeau 01:33
06.Partita no.2 in C minor, BWV 826 – 6. Capriccio 03:47
07.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 1. Fantasia 02:03
08.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 2. Allemande 03:11
09.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 3. Courante 03:01
10.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 4. Sarabande 04:09
11.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 5. Burlesca 02:10
12.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 6. Scherzo 01:05
13.Partita no.3 in A minor, BWV 827 – 7. Gigue 03:29
14.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 1. Ouverture 06:16
15.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 2. Allemande 09:21
16.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 3. Courante 03:32
17.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 4. Aria 02:16
18.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 5. Sarabande 05:10
19.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 6. Menuett 01:39
20.Partita no.4 in D major, BWV 828 – 7. Gigue 03:50

CD 2:
01.Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 – 1.Praeludium 01:59
02.Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 – 2.Allemande 03:08
03.Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 – 3.Corrente 02:53
04.Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 – 4.Sarabande 05:02
05.Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 – 5.Menuet I & II 03:17
06.Partita no.1 in B-flat major, BWV 825 – 6.Gigue 02:16
07.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 1.Praeambulum 02:16
08.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 2.Allemande 04:31
09.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 3.Corrente 01:43
10.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 4.Sarabande 04:20
11.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 5.Tempo Di Minuetto 02:02
12.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 6.Passepied 01:45
13.Partita no.5 in G major, BWV 829 – 7.Gigue 04:03
14.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 1.Toccata 08:07
15.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 2.Allemande 03:11
16.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 3.Corrente 04:24
17.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 4.Air 01:33
18.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 5.Sarabande 05:33
19.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 6.Tempo Di Gavotta 01:56
20.Partita no.6 in E minor, BWV 830 – 7.Gigue 05:51

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