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Johann Sebastian Bach, Awadagin Pratt, St. Lawrence String Quartet
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Genres: Soundtracks, Classical
 
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The problem with playing Bach's keyboard concertos one-to-a-part as opposed to a string orchestra is that Bach's intended soloist-ensemble differentiation is texturally obscured. In the case of pianist Awadagin Pratt and h...  more »

     
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The problem with playing Bach's keyboard concertos one-to-a-part as opposed to a string orchestra is that Bach's intended soloist-ensemble differentiation is texturally obscured. In the case of pianist Awadagin Pratt and his colleagues, no one seems to want to take the lead in the A Major Concerto's slow movement, in which the string accompaniment never really balances with the solo keyboard line. Likewise, the plucked backings in the F Minor Concerto slow movement wrongly take center stage. By contrast, the musicians pounce on the outer movements with unyielding, almost brutal energy. This contrasts to their glutinous, rhythmically limp Wachet Auf. While the Fifth Brandenburg offers more sensitive playing and chamber rapport, Pratt throws all finesse to the wind in the cadenza. His solo selections (the Bach/Busoni Wachet Auf and Contrapunctus One from the Art of Fugue) do not project or clarify the linear strands to consistent and shapely effect. A disappointment. --Jed Distler
 

CD Reviews

Bach as you've never heard it!
nhchen | 04/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am addicted to this CD, finding that I prefer it to other, more traditional, renditions of Bach's great works. If you are a Bach fan, you MUST add this to your collection. As an aside, I'm fed up with snotty reviewers screaming, "Authenticity!" every time someone tries to do something interesting with Baroque music. If we are comfortable hearing Bach played on modern instruments, we should be able to expand our aural vocabulary to include the fabulous job the musicians do on this CD."
Indeed a fantastic performance
nhchen | Union City, CA USA | 10/22/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I echo one of the reviewer's comments: I'm addicted to this fantastic CD -- every piece is so wonderfully played by Awadagin. The level of energy and excitement exerted by Awadegin is unmatched by other pianists playing the same pieces of Bach."