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The greatest praise I can lavish on these realizations is that Barrueco has made Bach's idiomatically splendid violin pieces into idiomatically splendid guitar pieces. This is not so far-fetched when one analyzes their scores. They often look like excellent lute pieces transposed with utmost inventiveness for the violin—truly a case of making an ox fly as only J. S. Bach could.
Barrueco's readings are metrically even (though never straitjacketed), deft, and highly sensitive to the music's harmonic rhythms and to the ebb and flow of its phrase structure. Tempos are relaxed and always feel utterly appropriate. Barrueco is more intent on revealing the music's inner poetry than its more obvious virtuosic elements, and he often
works his right hand close to the bridge, giving his instrument an airy, lutelike sound. Most to the point, his technique is so ironclad and perfected that he virtually disappears, leaving nothing more than Bach in all his inventive and affective splendor.
This is no surprise, given Barrueco's phonographic track record. Many guitarists can equal his flawless technique, and Eliot Fisk often touches his level of elegantly understated poetry. Few, however, can match his underlying musicianship or his consistently authoritative voice in as wide a range of repertoire.
In sum, recommended.
-- William Zagorski, FANFARE
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