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Bach's famous Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard need no introduction other than to say that they are considered to be the pinnacle of sonata writing in the Baroque era. This two-disc set presents all six sonatas performed by the legendary Yehudi Menuhin and Louis Kentner, recorded in 1951. There is a bonus track of Menuhin playing the Sonata No. 3 with Wanda Landowksa on harpsichord in 1944.
Menuhin was in the first flush of his mature style in 1951, and his trademark noble tone never fails him. Kentner is always a supportive and tasteful partner, always following the ebbs and flows of the violinist's tempos, and rising and falling appropriately with the music. Slow movements are delicate and warm, and both musicians handle the faster
sections with elegance and flair. Menuhin always said that Bach's music should be played "with a spirit of reverence," and he is certainly true to his word here. Recording with Landowska, he was very respectful of what she had to say (after all, she was at the time the leader of the Baroque performance revival). He dutifully follows her phrasing and articulation, really taking off in the third movement. Read less
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