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J.S. Bach: Six Partitas / Andras Schiff

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 (BC L6)
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Notes & Reviews:

Schiff has long been recognized as one of the leading Bach interpreters on the modern piano and his playing combines spontaneity, intellectual depth, and a ravishing sound with flawless technical finish. Following his worldwide success with Beethoven, his new Bach recording is certain to please. The booklet includes an extensive essay on the recorded repertoire and notes by Andras Schiff.

"Schiff's interpretation of these Partitas inspires the most noble sentiments. He is unhesitatingly spontaneous in his use of improvised ornamentation, French-style inequality, and the broken style while always remaining true to the spirit of the music. The devotion required to make these pieces come alive is huge, and he meets the challenge admirably." -American Record Guide

"This is just marvellous. Over a quarter of a century since Schiff first taped these pieces for Decca, ECM (the Gramophone award-winning label of the year) has recorded him again in the ideal acoustic of the Neumarkt Reitstadel. Every note of the music is in Schiff's blood and, through his recent experience of conducting, he seems to have absorbed varied instrumental textures, breathtaking spontaneity, extrovert ornamentation, and whimsical rhythmic freedom. In an unusual order, starting with the cheerful Fifth Partita, the lyrical First, the imperious Second, and the exuberant Fourth lead to the infinite melancholy of the Sixth's opening fugue in E minor, over which the sun suddenly breaks as the music slips into G major: perfect." -Guardian

BBC Music Magazine
Schiff's... unashamedly and masterfully pianistic, contrasting sustained tone and light staccato teasing out fragmentary motifs.

Gramophone Magazine
... his energy, concentration and technique never operate at less than optimum level.



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 5 in G major, BWV 829 (BC L5)
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 3 in A minor, BWV 827 (BC L3)
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 2 in C minor, BWV 826
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Keyboard no 4 in D major, BWV 828
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for keyboard no 6 in E minor, BWV 830 (BC L6)
  • Performer: Andras Schiff (Piano)
  • Running Time: 29 min. 17 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1726-1731