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Bach: 6 Partitas BWV 825-830 / Schiff


Release Date: 06/12/2007 
Label:  Decca   Catalog #: 000894702   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"Collectors looking for a new version of the Partitas played on the piano should find plenty to enjoy here, and food for thought. Schiff seems to me to be seeking to project each Partita as an entity, as a single span, rather than as a simple collection of pieces unified by nothing more than key, as one would often find in a Suite de piêces by a contemporary French composer. In this I think he's rather successful. In the G major Partita, for example, it's pleasantly startling to hear the Allemande following attacca on the theatrical downward scale with which the Praeambulum ends, and to be pitched into an exciting account of the Gigue hard on the heels of the Passepied. Schiff's set is alive to the variety of design to be found Read more in these suites, as well as to the variety of mood and character within each, and he projects the succession of movements with an ear for drama as well as contrast. I find this a welcome and positive feature of the set.

The playing is exceptionally fresh, tingling with a physical as well as intellectual vitality. The Partitas offer plenty of scope for brilliant performance and the opportunities are taken—in the Overture of the D major, for instance, where the main section is splendid at SchifFs sparkling pace. The vivacious Italian Corrente—there are four of them in the Partitas—is a movement he does particularly well, with the jets of semiquavers playing like fountains; yet there's never a hint of fingers running away with the sense. And brilliance is balanced by an equally sure touch with the more reflective types of piece, the Allemandes especially. A measure of gravitas may be missing from some of the Sarabandes, and of grandeur and sweep from a big opening movement such as the Toccata of the E minor, but the playing is unfailingly articulate and communicative."

-- S.P., Gramophone [11/1984] Review of original LP.
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Works on This Recording

1. Partita for Keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Partita for Keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
5. Partita for Keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  András Schiff (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 

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