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Bach: Harpsichord Partitas No 1, 2 & 4 / Igor Kipnis


Release Date: 01/25/2000 
Label:  Emi Seraphim Catalog #: 73700   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Kipnis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 14 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews


Following its release of Bach's Third, Fifth, and Sixth Keyboard Partitas, Seraphim brings out the remainder of Igor Kipnis' superb cycle from the 1970s. As it happens, Partitas 1, 2, and 4 are my favorites of the six. Kipnis reveals their distinct structural and emotional profiles with interpretations that often take you by surprise, yet invariably prove convincing. Many keyboard practitioners play the introduction to the D major Partita's overture with frills and freedom, and impart a steady drive to the main section. By contrast Kipnis imposes a dashingly strict tempo at the outset, yet brings lyrical flexibility to the main section. Similarly, the Gigues in Nos. 1 and 4 have more wiggle room than
Read more usual, and you can truly dance to these graceful minuets. In the B-flat Partita's Sarabande, Kipnis at first outlines the melody and presents the fully ornamented version on the repeats. There's plenty of variety in Kipnis' registrations, from full-bodied, Landowska-like masses of sound, to delicate lute couplings. In short, I know few harpsichord versions of these works that fuse scholarship, imagination, and virtuosity to such compelling musical ends. What a wonderful disc!

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Kipnis (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
Length: 19 Minutes 7 Secs. 
2. Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Kipnis (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
Length: 20 Minutes 33 Secs. 
3. Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Igor Kipnis (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1726-1731; Germany 
Length: 34 Minutes 5 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828: VII. Gigue
Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Praeludium
Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Allemande
Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Corrente
Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Sarabande
Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Menuets I & II
Partita No. 1 in B flat, BWV 825 (2000 Digital Remaster): VI. Gigue
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Sinfonia (Grave-adagio-adandante-allegro)
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Allemande
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Courante
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Sarabande
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Rondeaux
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826 (2000 Digital Remaster): VI. Capriccio
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): I. Ouverture
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): II. Allemande
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): III. Courante
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): IV. Aria
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): V. Sarabande
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): VI. Menuet
Partita No. 4 in D, BWV 828 (2000 Digital Remaster): VII. Gigue

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