Bach By Two Of The Best
kek5 | Westerville, Ohio USA | 01/22/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"If is quite fashionable to fall all over Tureck's Bach these days, and to an extent such falling is justified (not always, though). Here the praise is very much justified. Her program consists of The Italian Concerto and various minuets, inventions and suites. They are well suited to her measured, contemplative style of playing. For me, this is some of her best work on disc.The second disc is Charles Rosen's Art of the Fugue. Rosen is somewhat forgotten today, but in the late 60's and early 70's he produced an outstanding set of Beethoven's late sonatas and a wonderful Goldberg Variations. This effort in The Art of the Fugue confirms my opinion of him as being first rate in Bach. Much like Jeno Jando, Rosen is very direct and straightforward, with brisk tempos throughout...and in great contrast on Tureck's measured, contemplative style.Ultimately what makes this offering so compelling is the contrasting approaches of Rosen and Tureck. It is fascinating to listen to...and at about $ for over 2 hours of Bach, it is a bargain."
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Gideon Haran | Tel-Aviv Israel | 06/27/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In 1960 Rosalyn Tureck published a tutorial KIT for Bach beginners comprising of a book Named "An introduction to the performance of Bach" (Oxford University Press) and a set of corresponding LP's (EMI ALP 1747).
Later in the 80's she recorded those peices again and here they are whitout any reference (cover, inlay notes etc..) to the original project.
The selections originate from the Wilhelem Freideman book (WF) , the Anna Magdelena and other sources. The WF book was Bach own perception on tutorial kit, assigned to his son. The First track, the Applicato, is Bach only survivng peice with full fingering. The performances are very didactic, note the 2 performances of the first invention with\without the triplets.
Also, The Rosen recording is worth to be published as a separate recording."