Bach : Partitas & Sonatas

Solo performances of J.S. Bach Partitas and Sonatas from violinist Nathan Milstein.

Capitol PCR 8370

Analogphonic Records : 3 LP 180 gram box set with leaflet

Brand New and Sealed Record

  • Contents & Details

    Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750) :
    Sonata No. 1 in G minor :
    A1 - Adagio
    A2 - Fuga. Allegro
    A3 - Sicilana
    A4 - Presto
    Partita No. 1 in B Minor :
    B1 - Allemanda
    B2 - Double
    B3 - Corrente
    B4 - Double. Presto
    B5 - Sarabanda
    B6 - Double
    B7 - Tempo di Borea
    B8 - Double
    Sonata No. 2 in A minor :
    C1 - Grave
    C2 - Fuga
    C3 - Andante
    C4 - Allegro
    Partita No. 2 in D minor :
    D1 - Allemanda
    D2 - Corrente
    D3 - Sarabanda
    D4 - Giga
    D5 - Ciaccona
    Sonata No. 3 in C Major :
    E1 - Adagio
    E2 - Fuga
    E3 - Largo
    E4 - Allegro Assai
    Partita No. 3 in E Major :
    F1 - Preludio
    F2 - Loure
    F3 - Gavotte En Rondeau
    F4 - Menuet I
    F5 - Menuet II - Menuet I Da Capo
    F6 - Bourree
    7. Gigue

    Recorded from March 1954 thru December 1955 at Capitol Studios in New York City

    "Milstein’s interpretation of these difficult works is at once brilliant and satisfying... It depends rather on what you imagine to be the ideal surroundings for a performance: a public recital or your own room. The music itself seems to me capable of supporting both interpretations, for it combines the rhetoric of extreme technical difficulty with a richness of detail that seems to call for more intimacy than a recital-hall can give us... For Milstein the technical difficulties hardly seem to exist, or rather, exist only as a stimulus to bravura... exceptionally distinguished presentation of music that is not nearly as austere as its reputation might suggest..." - Gramophone

    Nathan Mironovich Milstein (1904-1992) performed at the highest level into his mid 80s, retiring only after suffering a broken hand. After playing many different violins in his earlier days, including the 1710 ex-"Dancla" Stradivarius for a short period, Milstein finally acquired the 1716 "Goldman" Stradivarius in 1945 which he used for the rest of his life. He renamed this Stradivarius the "Maria Teresa" in honour of his daughter Maria .

    The "golden age" of recordings was from 1950 to 1965, at the beginning of the LP and the stereo era, where pure vacuum tube amplification helped produce recordings demonstrating unparalleled fidelity and warmth, lifelike presence and illumination.

    This Analogphonic record was mastered from the original Deutsche Grammophon master tapes by Rainer Maillard, using pure analogue audiophile equipment, cut at Emil Berliner Studio Berlin, and pressed at Pallas GmbH in Germany.

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