J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Bach Partitas 1-2-4

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Maria Tipo
Individual Works:Partita No. 1 in B flat major (BWV 825)
Partita No. 2 in C minor (BWV 826)
Partita No. 4 in D major (BWV 828)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI Classics
Catalog Number:CDC 7-54463-2
Year Released/Recorded:1992
Total Playing Time:75.24
Comments:John Bratnober said:

Did you have a strict yet wonderful female piano teacher as a boy the way I did ? Did she make you learn from the Note Book for Anna Magdalena - which you hated then but came back to with much appreciation as an adult ? Are you still in therapy trying to resolve the whole surrogate-mother aspect of this relationship ?

Regardless of whether this image resonates for you or not - Maria Tipo has produced a wonderful rendition of three partitas on this recording. You feel the underlying discipline of a woman who knows what "practice this with a metronome" (yikes!) means. But also knows what "now slow down and feel the music" did for you at just the right moment. The moment that keeps bringing you back to the piano and Bach again and again - because you know its still in you SOMEWHERE, damn it.

Tipo seems to be a master of disciplined technique who truly lets her hair down and gives over to "feeling the music", as well, throughout this recording - without becoming too maudlin or sentimental. I am basically a Gould fanatic in my Bach keyboard listening. I have little interest in most of the romantic Bach keyboard interpreters - though I love romantic masters of the appropriate music (ie. Schumann, Chopin, etc.) But Tipo throws a FRESH light on playing Bach in a tender and emotive way that has just the right amount of steady aggression behind it to satisfy Bach purists like me - and open new doors onto more facets of Bach's greatness.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • John Bratnober
Date First Submitted:12/20/1999