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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #480 on: January 08, 2014, 02:53:58 PM »
Bach Partitas (Zhu Xiao-Mei)

This is what I texted to a friend about this set:

"If you had a wife who plays Bach for you every night, you'd want her to play it just like this: Warm, intimate, without being overly passionate or sexy; technically secure and polished without flashy virtuosic display. In one word: homey."

I like Zhu Ziao-Mei's Bach, your text describes my feelings exactly. In particular, I love her Goldbergs and WTC cycle.

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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #481 on: August 13, 2016, 10:56:21 AM »
I like Zhu Ziao-Mei's Bach, your text describes my feelings exactly. In particular, I love her Goldbergs and WTC cycle.



I've been enjoying this Bach recital immensely, as played by Remi Geniet. Light articulation and graceful phrasing. Aces!
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #482 on: August 19, 2016, 12:11:12 PM »
I have most of Vladimir Feltsman's Bach CDs and thoroughly enjoy his playing and interpretations. He doesn't hide the fact that he's playing a modern concert grand, but he doesn't just hold down the sustain pedal and pound out a series of blurred notes, either! He does occasionally take liberties such as raising or lowering a line an octave, but the results to my ears are always effective. I most recently bought this one:

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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #483 on: August 19, 2016, 12:12:31 PM »
I have most of Vladimir Feltsman's Bach CDs and thoroughly enjoy his playing and interpretations. He doesn't hide the fact that he's playing a modern concert grand, but he doesn't just hold down the sustain pedal and pound out a series of blurred notes, either! He does occasionally take liberties such as raising or lowering a line an octave, but the results to my ears are always effective. I most recently bought this one:



Seconded.   Although I actually prefer his non Bach recordings to his Bach recordings.

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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #484 on: August 21, 2016, 02:48:02 PM »
Seconded.   Although I actually prefer his non Bach recordings to his Bach recordings.

Have you heard his late Beethoven Sonatas? If so, how are they?
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #485 on: August 21, 2016, 06:36:34 PM »
Have you heard his late Beethoven Sonatas? If so, how are they?
Yes, I have them.  I liked them, but it has been long enough since I listened to those recordings that I can't say more than that. 

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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #486 on: December 26, 2016, 03:46:21 AM »
Is there a dedicated thread Bach on modern piano? Couldn't find it....

So I'll post this here


Overall, well done, about equal to Angela Hewitt's set (which I like greatly) in general quality.
VOID is his own label, set up when he could find no backing for the project (although he's also released a number of non Bach recordings on VOID as well).

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Here it is... :)  And I agree, that is an excellent set.

Ivo Jansens' Bach has had some long time fans here.


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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #487 on: December 29, 2016, 02:55:08 AM »
It seems that the single discs of the Janssen set are comparably/too expensive, but are there any particular favorites (I am certainly not getting a big box).
And does anyone like the quirky recordings by Joao Carlos Martins? I have his partitas and the live recording where he and another one alternate preludes by Bach and Chopin (which is fascinating but the sound is rather poor) and I am not quite sure what to make of them. It also seems that Martins recorded some Bach twice, once in the 1960s as a young man and then later in middle age in the 1980s or 1990s.
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #488 on: December 30, 2016, 02:23:40 PM »
It seems that the single discs of the Janssen set are comparably/too expensive, but are there any particular favorites (I am certainly not getting a big box).

All of it is very good. If I had to choose from it, I would choose the WTC.
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #490 on: January 01, 2017, 12:56:53 PM »
Latest on Forbes:

The 10 Best Classical Recordings Of 2016 (Re-Releases)

Johann Sebastian Bach, The Well Tempered Clavier (Books I & II), Friedrich Gulda, MPS / Edel (0300650MSW)


I agree about the new Gulda transfer and the performance. The only thing I'm less enthusiastic about than you in the review is Zhu.

But then I've noticed that the French seem to have a bit of a love affair with her!
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #491 on: January 01, 2017, 01:16:08 PM »
I agree about the new Gulda transfer and the performance. The only thing I'm less enthusiastic about than you in the review is Zhu.

But then I've noticed that the French seem to have a bit of a love affair with her!

Yes. I'm not French, actually, but she's the 'secret great'; they key to showing one's sophistication by way of appreciation. She's what Sokolov used to be. But even seeing right through that, I still love her performances. Haven't heard her new Goldbergs yet, though.

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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #492 on: January 01, 2017, 09:35:28 PM »
Yes. I'm not French, actually, but she's the 'secret great'; they key to showing one's sophistication by way of appreciation. She's what Sokolov used to be. But even seeing right through that, I still love her performances. Haven't heard her new Goldbergs yet, though.

Yes it's interesting that Sokolov lost that cachet as soon as he signed with DG.
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #493 on: March 09, 2017, 07:02:53 AM »
Here it is... :)  And I agree, that is an excellent set.

Ivo Jansens' Bach has had some long time fans here.


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Great CD set, including wonderful interpretations of Inventions and Sinfonias.

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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #494 on: March 09, 2017, 07:12:08 AM »
Sunny side of the street.
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #495 on: March 11, 2017, 08:08:20 AM »
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Re: Bach on the piano
« Reply #496 on: August 04, 2017, 07:46:00 PM »
Anybody, any opinion on this?


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