This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.
Notes and Editorial Reviews
The range of tone in Perlman's playing adds to the power of these performances... [T]he sense of spontaneity, of the player's own enjoyment of the music, makes this set a unique, revelatory experience.
-- The Penguin Guide to Compact Discs & DVDs [2003/4 edition]
Every moment of Itzhak Perlman's 1988 Bach Sonatas and Partitas cycle constitutes sweetly singing, tonally generous, and technically irreproachable violin playing. His supreme bow control, for example, allows him to sustain unusually broad tempos in the D minor partita's Chaconne and the C major sonata's opening Adagio, while quicker movements burst forth with effortless, shimmering joy. Granted, Perlman's phrasing
generally falls into symmetrical patterns and does not generate the same harmonic tension or melodic pointing that Nathan Milstein's DG recordings achieve. In addition, other violinists voice the difficult fugues with more varied articulations and dynamic shadings, as in the more intimate, lighter-toned interpretations by James Ehnes and Christian Tetzlaff. Yet in the realm of modern-day, mainstream fiddling, Perlman represents something close to the gold standard. His heartfelt musicianship and tasteful instincts serve both instrument and composer proud. If you're looking for a splendidly engineered violin counterpart to your favorite recording of the Bach Cello Suites, this definitely is it.
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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