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Bach: Complete Violin Sonatas
JS Bach, Arthur Grumiaux, Christianne Jaccottet
Bach: Complete Violin Sonatas
Genre: Classical
 
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As in his set of Bach's unaccompanied violin music, Arthur Grumiaux plays this music with effortless mastery and a fine sense of Baroque style. You can count on this great musician to avoid letting any mannerisms or inap...  more »

      
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All Artists: JS Bach, Arthur Grumiaux, Christianne Jaccottet, Philippe Mermoud
Title: Bach: Complete Violin Sonatas
Members Wishing: 2
Total Copies: 0
Label: Philips
Release Date: 6/11/1996
Genre: Classical
Styles: Chamber Music, Historical Periods, Baroque (c.1600-1750), Classical (c.1770-1830), Instruments, Strings
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaCD Credits: 2
UPC: 028945401126

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As in his set of Bach's unaccompanied violin music, Arthur Grumiaux plays this music with effortless mastery and a fine sense of Baroque style. You can count on this great musician to avoid letting any mannerisms or inappropriate romanticism intrude on the music, leaving you with pure Bach played with great refinement. The programming here is comprehensive, including alternate movements and a questionable work or two. Christiane Jaccottet makes her presence felt as an equal , and the recording still sounds excellent. It's hard to find better performances at any price, so as a "twofer" this is a great bargain. --Leslie Gerber

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"..., it's hard to beat."
Maki Leonard | 07/01/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)

"First, I should say that I am partial to the recording of these same Bach sonatas by Glenn Gould-piano, Jamie Laredo-violin and Leonard Rose-cello. However, that said, I also thoroughly enjoyed the Philips recording with Jaccottet-harpsichord, Mermoud-cello and Grumiaux-violin. While my personal bias is that I find Gould to be the interpreter of Bach's "soul", nonpareil, the recording with Grumiaux et al offers one of the best presentations of the sound of the "period". And, at the price for 2CDs, it's hard to beat."
Purity in quality, sound and execution
Maki Leonard | San Francisco, CA United States | 04/17/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Grumiaux is one of the greatest violinists from the Old School of Senofsky and others who emphasized not only clarity of technique but also passion of musical opinion. I can't say enough good things about this CD. Grumiaux captures traditional Bach with power and ownership. You can tell that each piece has his "Grumiaux thumbprint." Unliked his other recordings such as the piano trios, this CD has a strong, pure sound and sustains its clarity even when a car stereo is blasting on its highest volume. The purity touches all ages, from my toddler to advanced violin students to even carpoolers never exposed to Bach partitas. This CD also makes a great gift for young kids to adults, to your friends who are music experts. Another must-have that you shouldn't just burn from a friend."
Simple, not simplistic
David A. Baer | Indianapolis, IN USA | 02/08/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

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The musical genius of Bach can be savored in any number of configurations. But you'd be hard pressed to find Bach speaking more exquisitely than via these compositions for violin and keyboard.

From here you cannot even see the outline of the Romantic Period. Rather, the pure, intertwined Baroque simplicity of two instruments instructs the soul that simple does not mean simplistic. Simple can be intricate, fugal, agile, or reflective.

Each of these modes is a format in which Bach and these two interpreters excel.

Then comes Philips with its fabulous 'Duo' series to make it all oh, so affordable.

Simple. Beautiful. Bach."