Vladimir Ashkenazy

Bach: 6 Partitas

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Bach: 6 Partitas Review

by Patsy Morita

Vladimir Ashkenazy returns to Bach four years after recording the complete Well-Tempered Clavier and two years after announcing his retirement from public piano performance. It's nice to say that although he doesn't feel secure enough to play in public, these partitas don't show any insecurities. There are minor inconsistencies in articulation, phrasing, and ornamentation. He is conscious of the need for a certain touch when playing Bach on a modern grand. In some spots -- typically in the courantes and gigues -- that extra light touch is combined with a shortness that may be too sharp for some listeners. There are also spots where he adds more weight in the bass than is needed to bring out the line or extra weight in the fingers, making his attack harder than it needs to be. And there are moments in slower movements where he seems to forget himself and indulges a bit in profundity. However, for the most part, Ashkenazy's playing is unforced. The energy is still present, and it sounds as if he's enjoying himself, which makes for a generally satisfying, and at times even infectious, performance of these works. It's especially recommended for those who are new to Bach's partitas or Baroque, non-organ keyboard music in general.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Partita No. 1 in B flat major, BWV 825
1 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:56 Amazon
2 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:40 Amazon
3 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:29 Amazon
4 Vladimir Ashkenazy 05:39 Amazon
5 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:14 Amazon
6 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:17 Amazon
7 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:04 Amazon
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826
8 Vladimir Ashkenazy 04:40 Amazon
9 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:42 Amazon
10 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:37 Amazon
11 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:35 Amazon
12 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:31 Amazon
13 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:28 Amazon
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827
14 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:41 Amazon
15 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:59 Amazon
16 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:43 Amazon
17 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:11 Amazon
18 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:01 Amazon
19 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:05 Amazon
20 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:50 Amazon

Track Listing - Disc 2

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828
1 Vladimir Ashkenazy 05:49 Amazon
2 Vladimir Ashkenazy 07:27 Amazon
3 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:21 Amazon
4 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:48 Amazon
5 Vladimir Ashkenazy 05:35 Amazon
6 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:27 Amazon
7 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:23 Amazon
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829
8 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:05 Amazon
9 Vladimir Ashkenazy 04:00 Amazon
10 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:32 Amazon
11 Vladimir Ashkenazy 04:08 Amazon
12 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:51 Amazon
13 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:03 Amazon
14 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:19 Amazon
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830
15 Vladimir Ashkenazy 07:05 Amazon
16 Vladimir Ashkenazy 03:29 Amazon
17 Vladimir Ashkenazy 04:52 Amazon
18 Vladimir Ashkenazy 01:25 Amazon
19 Vladimir Ashkenazy 06:34 Amazon
20 Vladimir Ashkenazy 02:05 Amazon
21 Vladimir Ashkenazy 05:32 Amazon
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