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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas For Violin / Shlomo Mintz


Release Date: 07/18/1995 
Label:  Dg Masters Catalog #: 445526   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 25 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Triumphantly good violin playing — The D minor Partita is of course the supreme test not only in these works but in the entire violin repertory, and Mintz emerges with distinction.

As some readers will know, Shlonto Mintz, still in his middle twenties, was born in Russia and brought up in Israel; latterly he's studied in the States. He has unusual skill and musicianship, and it must be a long time since he last fought shy of a piece of music because of its difficulty. His playing of the Bach sonatas and partitas is triumphantly good. ...Mintz's chief rival, his senior by some 40 years, is Oscar Shumsky (ASV), and if you own either of these performances your experience will be a rich one.

Mintz is unusually
Read more good at attacking three-note chords without spreading them—not always of course, that would be impossible—and his intonation never falters when he is playing contrapuntally. He is also capable of a lot of expressive rubato, for instance in the first movement of the A minor, which like [Felix] Ayo he plays very slowly indeed, but there is plenty of power in the subsequent fugue, though some may find the dynamic contrasts excessive. The D minor Partita is of course the supreme test not only in these works but in the entire violin repertory, and Mintz emerges with distinction. In the Courante he digs some of the beats rather heavily, and after you've heard Shumsky play the Chaconne you may feel Mintz is straining just too hard after some of the effects. Shumsky uses less dynamic contrasts and more rubato, and one is conscious of a remarkable wisdom and maturity in his playing. An unusual difference of approach (the two performances show many similarities) can be found in the minuets of the E major Partita, which Shumsky takes very slowly and gently with mesmeric effect; here for once Mintz cannot compete. But what a marvellous performance he gives for a violinist of his youthfulness.

-- Gramophone [7/1985]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Nikolauskloster, Jüchen, Germany 
Length: 17 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Nikolauskloster, Jüchen, Germany 
Length: 28 Minutes 51 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Nikolauskloster, Jüchen, Germany 
Length: 23 Minutes 55 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Nikolauskloster, Jüchen, Germany 
Length: 24 Minutes 5 Secs. 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Nikolauskloster, Jüchen, Germany 
Length: 32 Minutes 28 Secs. 
6.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Shlomo Mintz (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Nikolauskloster, Jüchen, Germany 
Length: 18 Minutes 5 Secs. 

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