** A note on concurrent releases: This Philips "Duo" release dates from 1993 and was superseded first by the Philips 50 remastering in 2001, then again by the Decca "Originals" re-packaging of that same material in 2006. The remastered releases contain two sonatas for violin and harpsichord in which Grumiaux is accompanied by Egida Giordani Sartori. These recordings predate those contained in the "Duo" release of the complete Bach sonatas for violin and harpsichord with Christiane Jaccottet from 1979-1981. Having carefully compared the two remasterings of the solo works, I will say that any audible differences are VERY subtle. I don't doubt that the 96 kHz 24-bit remastering is technically superior, but whether your ears will detect the difference is another matter. The bottom line is that the sound is very good in both releases, with the same level of noise and artifacts. The liner notes are also identical between the Decca and Philips Duo releases, so the only significant...
The Bach Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, is just about my favorite Classical music to listen to--anywhere, anytime, I can just get lost in this music and whenever I need some soul lifting, or peace or just an escape from the real world; these fascinating works just take me away. Some reviews make it sound like this is kind of boring after a while, and it can become heavy, but never boring, not to my ears. I love Bach (and Vivaldi), and I feel this is one of the essential violin masterpieces you can buy. I'm not really knowledgeable in classic violin and I have no idea who is the best violinist in the Universe, but I know what I like, and I like this a whole lot. I have listened to several other artist play these same pieces, and I have been spoiled by, Arthur Grumiaux. He weaves, and sings, and soars, sometimes hanging by a thread, but he has a way of bringing it all together and it gives me a thrill to listen. Ah, Bach! I still wonder it there is really only one...
Some say the Partitas for solo violin are Bach's supreme achievement, and they may be right. There is nothing comparable to Grumiaux's beautiful treatment of these works. The simplest, scale-like passages take on a life of their own with his attention to variations of dynamics and phrasing. The playing demands listening to a creation that rewards the listener with what can only be described as a glimpse beyond the Veil.
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