Szigeti Plays J.S. Bach, Handel & Tartini

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All Music Guide - James Leonard
While it may send ideologically committed period instrument fans screaming into the night, this compilation of Baroque violin works played by the great Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti will delight fans of virtuoso violin playing. True, Szigeti's tone was leaner and his intonation was less piercing than most of his contemporaries, but for period instrument fans, his vibrato, his rubato, and, most of all his overt emotionality will put his performances beyond the pale. But Szigeti's poetic beauty, his philosophical intensity, and, above all, his unsurpassed concentration will thrill anyone who can put ideological preconceptions aside and just listen to the music. At his ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Leonard
While it may send ideologically committed period instrument fans screaming into the night, this compilation of Baroque violin works played by the great Hungarian violinist Joseph Szigeti will delight fans of virtuoso violin playing. True, Szigeti's tone was leaner and his intonation was less piercing than most of his contemporaries, but for period instrument fans, his vibrato, his rubato, and, most of all his overt emotionality will put his performances beyond the pale. But Szigeti's poetic beauty, his philosophical intensity, and, above all, his unsurpassed concentration will thrill anyone who can put ideological preconceptions aside and just listen to the music. At his best in the 1954 recording of Bach's "C major Sonata" for solo violin -- listen to the spirituality of his Adagio and the clarity of his "Fuga" -- Szigeti's performance bears comparison with the greatest ever recorded. And even at his worst in the 1954 recordings of Tartini's "D minor Concerto" and Bach's "G minor Violin Concerto" -- listen to the dragging tempos and thick textures -- the responsibility is more the oddly obdurate George Szell's than it is Szigeti's. When the Cleveland Orchestra string's accompaniment is reduced to a pizzicato accompaniment in Bach's central Largo, however, Szigeti takes flight in an achingly beautiful performance. David Hermann's transfers are regrettably gray and dim, but, given the age of originals, this is entirely understandable.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/30/2006
  • Label: Biddulph Records
  • UPC: 744718021727
  • Catalog Number: 80217
  • Sales rank: 286,529

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sonata for solo violin No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Joseph Szigeti (24:14)
  2. 2 Violin Sonata in D major, Op.1/13, HWV 371 - Carlo Bussotti & George Frideric Handel (14:19)
  3. 3 Sonatas (12) for violin & continuo, Op. 2: Violin Sonata in G, Op. 2/12. Andante - Giuseppe Tartini & Carlo Bussotti (2:48)
  4. 4 Sonatas (12) for violin & continuo, Op. 2: Violin Sonata in G, Op. 2/12. Allegro - Giuseppe Tartini & Carlo Bussotti (2:20)
  5. 5 Sonatas (12) for violin & continuo, Op. 2: Violin Sonata in G, Op. 2/12. Presto assai - Giuseppe Tartini & Carlo Bussotti (2:06)
  6. 6 Violin Concerto in D minor, D. 45 - Giuseppe Tartini & George Szell (13:24)
  7. 7 Concerto for oboe (or violin), strings & continuo in G minor (reconstruction), BWV 1056R - Johann Sebastian Bach & George Szell (11:54)
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Joseph Szigeti Primary Artist
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