Mark Kaplan is one of the leading violinists of his generation. Kaplan has been soloist with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and National Symphony Orchestras, and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Minnesota, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. He has collaborated with many of the world's foremost conductors, among them Ormandy, Tennstedt, Maazel, Ashkenazy, Dutoit, Bychkov, Conlon, Ivan Fischer, Foster, Gatti, Masur, Rattle, Robertson, Salonen, Semkov, Skrowaczewski, Slatkin, and Zinman. Since 2005, Mark Kaplan has been Professor of Violin at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and prior to that he served as Professor with DistinctionRead more at UCLA. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay and recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Memorial Scholarship.
Mark Kaplan plays a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1685, known as the Marquis. This recording is Kaplan's second studio traversal of the Sonatas and Partitas. Read less
Standout performancesSeptember 9, 2016By Ralph Graves (Hood, VA)See All My Reviews"While Kaplan's performances stand on their own merits, his writing gives the listener additional insight into his interpretations. For me, his liner notes added to my appreciation of those performances. So what do those performances sound like? Bridge's close-mic recording isn't too close -- there's a slightly resonant ambiance that frames the sound nicely. Kaplan's playing is precise without being fussy. When I initially listened to this recording, I thought this was a good technical recording of these works. After I read the liner notes, I began to hear the more subtle nuances of Kaplan's interpretations, which deepened my appreciation of them. Kaplan has a clear vision of the structure of each movement, and he seems to understand the role of every note within that structure. The music sounds cohesive and expressive. The intellectual nature of the construction (such as the fugues in the sonatas) seem to just vanish into the background. The music seems to just flow naturally. I'm not going to suggest that this is the only recording of the Bach solo sonatas and partitas you should own. But for me, it's definitely one of the top ten."Report Abuse