Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin available on August 12 2020 from Amazon for 22.19
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas (Music CD) available on October 06 2014 from Base for 18.69
UPC bar code 880040404026 ξ1 registered June 24 2014
UPC bar code 880040404026 ξ2 registered September 27 2014
Product category is MUSIC CD - CD - Classical Audio
Manufacturered by ONYX CLASSICS
Product weight is 0.24 lbs.
Viktoria Mullova's first Complete recording of the Bach Sonatas & Partitas. For Philips in the early 90s Viktoria recorded the 3 Partitas on a modern violin but has never recorded the Sonatas, and in the meantime her interpretations have been transformed by her studies in Baroque practice and her subsequent performances with masters such as Gardiner, Dantone, Harnoncourt, Antonini and il Giardino Armonico. Viktoria Mullova records again on her Guadagnini violin of 1750, using gut strings a Baroque bow and technique, as she always does in pre-romantic music. 2CDs for the price of 1.5. Double digipak format with 4 language booklet and article by Viktoria herself explaining her long and still-evolving journey working on Bach.
Not too stridently modern, not too murkily baroque. The low-pitched gut strings and Baroque bow give her violin a weaker but still appealing tone. They also allow her to grab chords without a harsh attack. Stylistically more traditional than historical, apart from a more extensive use of staccato. However I didn't hear much resemblance to either of Milstein's recordings, noted by another reviewer. These are very graceful unaffected performances and this cd quickly became my favorite version of these pieces.