Thomas Gallia, Paul Dery, and Monika Werner. Kuijken plays a Giovanni Grancino Violin, made in Milan circa 1700. Included then are the following works.
1 for Solo Violin in G minor BWV 1001. 1 for Solo Violin in B minor BWV 1002. 2 for Solo Violin in A minor BWV 1003.2 for Solo Violin in D minor BWV 1004. 3 for Solo Violin in C Major BWV 1005. 3 for Solo Violin in E Major BWV 1006. British musicians of the tempo-strict style have so dominated the historically informed performance scene that I fear many listeners have forgotten that there were other schools of thought vying for public support during the 1970s and early 1980s.
Dutch musicians were, in contrast to many English and some Americans, more concerned with inflection, rubato... It was a statement of musical principle even more so than a performance that proved a HIP orchestra could not only play in tune, but also could clarify the textures of orchestral playing better than most modern-instrument groups.
Yet it was this groundbreaking album featuring one solitary instrument that burst on the HIP world like a bombshell in 1983. Up to that point, it had been assumed that Bachs solo violin works could only be performed in a more-or-less angular style, that the counterpoint and different voices of the music dictated their tempo, contour, and shape. Sigiswald Kuijken proved everyone wrong. He even proved that you could indeed play the Baroque violin without holding it either against the chin or chest, but against the shoulder; that the bow pressure need not be as loose as the Dolmetsch family had insisted, nor as hard as the British insisted; and that the musical style could be curved, even circular in general motion, rather than linear. That this may very well have been the way Bach conceived these works is further suggested by the single page of the manuscript reproduced in the records booklet.
Bach never wrote the stems or flags of his 16th, 32nd, or 64th notes in a straight line, not even as approximately straight as Mozart and Beethoven did. They were as curvy and irregular as a roller-coaster ride. I can still remember, in generalities, the lengthy, well-written, and extremely persuasive review of this recording by William Malloch, possibly Americas greatest musicologist, in a 1983 issue of Ovation magazine. In essence, he said (at much greater length) all the things I said in the above paragraph. After a hiatus of about three years, when this recording suddenly disappeared from the shelves in 1987, it was issued on CD by Deutsche Harmonia Mundi in 1990.
The fact that it has never left the catalog since is, I think, proof enough of its enormous ability not only to persuade the listener but also please the senses. Above and beyond all the technical hurdles Kuijken overcame and musical decisions he made, these are performances of tremendous love and passion. This is Bach breaking through the glass ceiling of academia and speaking to us across the centuries. This is immense hard work and musicological research forged in the crucible of one mans heart and soul and put forth for the world to judge its intrinsic worth. More than a quarter-century after they were recorded in November and December of 1981, they have been judged unassailablenot, perhaps, definitive readings, but better than definitive.They opened the doors to other individualistic interpretations, equally valid, none of which have anything to do with Nathan Milsteinfine musician though he wassawing away in strict tempo and one volume level through them. Included is a 4-page booklet with excellent notes on the music by Christopher Wolff all texts in German and English.
Incidentally, the box front shows a violin made by Giovanni Grancino, photographed by Max Galli. CONDITION PLEASE READ VERY CAREFULLY. The gradations of condition I use are as follows: MINT, Near-Mint, Excellent, Very Good, Good, Fair, Poor. The condition of the box is EXCELLENT.Although genuinely sealed, there is minor bumping at corners as well as a small dent and a bit wear on the rear side of the box (top edge) where the shrinkwrap has torn away. However, there are no corner breaks, seam splits, bends, or owners' markings and the box remains solid, bright, glossy, and highly attractive overall, an excellent collector's copy. The condition of the 3 LPs is MINT.
These are still-sealed, unplayed copies ideal collector's copies. All LPs are provided with a new Nagaoka (or Nagaoka-style) inner sleeve. FEEDBACK: I will promptly leave feedback for all buyers. Please let me know before making a return. Please see my other classical LP and CD auctions, and feel free to write with any questions, I'll be glad to help.The item "Kuijken Bach Violin Sonatas & Partitas DHL 20401.03 (3LP box set) SEALED" is in sale since Monday, July 9, 2018. This item is in the category "Music\Records". The seller is "redgarnett" and is located in El Cros. This item can be shipped worldwide.