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Hidden Acoustics / Ruth Palmer, violin

Album Summary

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
Performer Composers

Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
From the very start of the Bartok there's complete technical confidence, a wide tonal range and a sure sense of the music's dramatic direction...The Bach is given a Romantic reading, more along the lines of older interpreters...In the faster movements Palmer finds a dancing lilt...and the pacing is impeccable.

Classic FM Magazine
Palmer plays the D minor Partita as if entranced by its supreme quality, inflecting its pseudo-contrapuntal lines with infinite subtlety...The Bartok Sonata is one of the most formidable works in the violin repertoire, yet Palmer disentangles its finger-breaking demands with such a beguiling awareness of the music's innter soul that one barely notices its pyrotechnical extravagances.

Gramophone Magazine
I was immediately impressed by Ruth Palmer's 100 per cent involvement in her music-making. From the passionate start of the Tempo di ciaccona at the beginning of the Bartok, we're strongly drawn into her interpretation...Palmer's Bach is similarly rich-toned and intensely felt...throughout both works, we're aware of listening to distinctive, persuasive violin-playing.

International Record Review
Palmer not only has the measure of these works in her fingers but also brings a degree of interpretative insight which enables her to shape and convey the character of the movements as they arise...Her flexibility is just right [in the Bach], exuding passion where called for and, in the wonderful Corrente, a fleet nimbleness...this performance is of a very high stature throughout.

The Guardian
Bartók's massive first-movement is a chaconne, and clearly evokes the last movement of Bach's partita in its opening bars. Palmer's performance of both works is hugely impressive; she combines all the necessary technical skill with a real sense of occasion in her playing.These are unquestionably public performances of tremendous panache.

The Independent
The match between Palmer's Stradivari and the clear glow of the Temple Church is ideal, allowing for the sharpest detail of articulation and unhurried admiration of the musical architecture. The Bartok is brazen and bruised, the Bach exquisitely poised.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Temple Church, London (2008-02-02&2008-02-03&2008-).


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Works Details

>Bartók, Béla : Sonata for Violin solo, Sz 117
  • Performer: Ruth Palmer (Violin)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2008-02-02&2008-02-03&2008-)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1944

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: Ruth Palmer (Violin)
  • Notes: Temple Church, London (2008-02-02&2008-02-03&2008-)
  • Running Time: 30 min. 23 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720