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ROSALYN TURECK - Great Pianists of 20th Century
This collection of Rosalyn Tureck's Bach partitas was, until now, a long-sought gem. The recordings, dating from the 1950s and recorded for EMI, have won praise from all corners for their mix of erudition and comfortable, ... more »
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This collection of Rosalyn Tureck's Bach partitas was, until now, a long-sought gem. The recordings, dating from the 1950s and recorded for EMI, have won praise from all corners for their mix of erudition and comfortable, at-ease command. Tureck, one of the century's great piano prodigies, was able to sight-read and memorize Bach solo works as a child. As an adult (she was in her 40s when she recorded these selections), she takes each partita at a studied pace, as if the inner pedagogue in her were monitoring its unfurling for exactness. Where Glenn Gould claimed a good chunk of Bach's work with dazzling virtuosity, Tureck's full comprehension of the weave among Bach's lines, which even at the height of their complexity sound wrapped in tonal warmth and in the process of being constructed bit by bit, leaves an indelible impression. She at once uncloaks the constituent elements of the partitas--dance pieces, for the most part--and then reveals how their parts add up to more than the whole of the performance. --Andrew Bartlett
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The Most Profound, Glowing, and Meaningful Bach on Disc
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Rosalyn Tureck is a total artist. Her art is the measure of a life spent in the service of music. Bach is of course her calling, and no one plays his music better or more insightfully than Tureck. Every note lives, breathes, speaks. The line of the music is measured in depth of understanding and a sense of religious dedication. There are no half measures in Tureck's playing. Every note is significant, every phrase is structured, and the concept is whole. All these qualities give the listener one of the most satisfying musical experiences to be had. Pay particular attention to her treatment of the 2nd Partita. Nothing is rushed or propelled. Tureck is creating a musical architecture, a structure in which she understands where the stresses should be placed and where they should be relaxed. Her polyphony in the fugal section is brilliantly executed. There really is no parallel to Tureck's Bach. I recommend this set for anyone who wishes to really discover Bach as he was meant to be understood."
johnpiano2 | Pittsburgh, PA USA | 02/12/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know what these reviewers are talking about. First of all the package is by Philips not Sony. I don't hear any hiss at all when I listen to it (is this reviewer talking about the right one?) Also I think the comparison with Gould is bad. These partitas made little impression on me when I heard Gould play them. When I heard Tureck play them it was like a revelation. She plays Bach with a soul, they breath and live. Listening to these recordings brings in euphoria. These recordings are some of the most beautiful I have in all my piano cds. They are like magic. I have lots of other Bach cds including Gould and Fischer, but these partitas are what I come back to again and again. I don't want to criticize Gould on Bach because he is a genius; but if all you heard is Gould then you don't know Bach. Gould and Tureck play Bach differently and they are both worth hearing. Sorry my personal preference for Bach is this CD, It is my favorite. Strongly recommended."
Bach as it was meant to be
Peter Verelst | Essen, Belgium | 07/19/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"When Glenn Gould was asked whose Bach playing he liked, he always replied "Rosalyn Tureck's" and this disc proves him right. These two discs contain the six partitas by Bach, which caused a shock when they were published during Bach's life. (the partita's were one of the few works Bach published during his lifetime) Never there was written such great music for keyboard instruments ! Miss Tureck has dedicated her entire career to the music of Johann Sebastian Bach and we can only be extremely thankful she did, because she has gained an insight in, and a deep and profound understanding of the music. She gives every note its own meaning in the story that is told by Bach, and treats every measure, line or sentence as necessary parts of the architecture of the piece. She has the unequalled gift of creating a specific and appropriate sound for each voice in the polyphonc web of voices. (I can't understand how she manages to do so but she does and the result is astonishing!) On top of that, Tureck never forgets the original intention of these pieces, namely a collection of dances (gavottes, allemandes, sarabandes and so on) Her recordings spring to life and is full of emotions. Yes, her playing is full of emotions : to all those who always found Bach's music too cerebral and lacking deep emotions, listen to this. Don't miss the opportunity to obtain this marvellous disc !"