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Bach: Sonatas And Partitas, Bwv 1001-1006 / Oleg Kagan


Release Date: 06/23/2008 
Label:  Apex   Catalog #: 4696157   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Number of Discs: 2 
Length: 2 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This is the great swansong (or one of them, for there is more to be released) of Oleg Kagan, pupil and colleague of David Oistrakh, dedicatee of Schnittke, husband of cellist Natalia Gutman and, for 20 years, recital partner of Sviatoslav Richter. This live recording, from the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, was made in 1989, the year Kagan died from cancer at the age of 43. Time was running out, yet he plays these Sonatas and Partitas as if there were all the time in the world.

Totally devoid of mannerism or cliché, the Adagio of the first Sonata stretches out into the harmonic distance in the clear, bright air of his fine sequences and diamond-cut double-stopping. There are moments when the bow merely breathes across the
Read more strings, as in the Siciliano, or the second Sonata’s Andante; moments, too, in the second Partita’s Gigue, when it barely touches them at all.

There are so many secrets to be discovered in this unique set: a Courante which skips higher than any, and extraordinary filigree spun at the heart of a Chaconne.

The order of performance is not that of Bach’s autograph score: here, starting with the first Sonata in G minor, the pieces reach upwards, a fifth apart, in a chain of harmonic resonance, to the final solemn and exultant C major Sonata.
Performance: 5 (out of 5; Sound: 5 (out of 5)

-- Hilary Finch, BBC Music Magazine Reviewing original release, Erato 45805
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 23 Secs. 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 30 Minutes 23 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 27 Minutes 4 Secs. 
4.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 26 Secs. 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 29 Minutes 5 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Length: 25 Minutes 24 Secs. 

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