J.S. Bach

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Rosalyn Tureck plays Bach

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Rosalyn Tureck
Individual Works:Partita No. 1 in B-flat major
Partita No. 2 in C minor
Partita No. 6 in E minor
Record Label:VAI Audio
Catalog Number:VAIA 1040
Year Released/Recorded:1989 (?)
Total Playing Time:74'15"
Comments:These performances, recorded at William F. Buckley's estate on Long Island, were originally released on Albany Records. "There is nobody quite like her," Richard Dyer wrote of Tureck. A scholar as well as a performer, Tureck herself notes that "My studies of the dances of the 17th and 18th centuries reveal the little-recognized fact that Bach composed his dance movements with meticulous exactitude according to the specific steps and metre of each dance form, that is much more precisely than an overlay of general rhythm, character, and mood, though these are also achieved with unerring aesthetic sense and beauty." As for unerring aesthetic sense and beauty, Tureck might have been describing her own playing as well. These live peformances, before a small and appreciative audience are lovely.
Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Stu Cohen
Date First Submitted:04/16/1996