OnClassical | OC11Bv | 2011

Bach, J.S.: Partitas No. 1 BWV 825; No. 5, BWV 829; No. 6, BWV 830
Gianluca Luisi, Piano

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Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partitas" for keyboard are exemplary collections of dance suites, each showcasing the composer's exceptional contrapuntal skill, expressive depth, and structural ingenuity. The Partitas No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825; No. 5 in G major, BWV 829; and No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830, are significant components of this esteemed series.
Partita No. 1 in B-flat major, BWV 825: Composed around 1725, this partita is marked by its joyous and lively character. The traditional dance movements—Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Menuets I and II, and Gigue—are masterfully crafted. The Allemande establishes a stately atmosphere, the Courante adds a spirited momentum, and the Sarabande introduces a reflective and expressive mood. The partita concludes with the energetic Gigue, showcasing Bach's ability to infuse dance forms with both technical brilliance and emotional depth.
Partita No. 5 in G major, BWV 829: Composed around the same time as the first partita, this work is distinguished by its bright and sunny disposition. The opening Allemande sets a cheerful tone, followed by the spirited Corrente. The Sarabande introduces a contrasting lyricism, while the Tempo di Minuetto and Passepied infuse a playful charm. The partita concludes with a lively Gigue, demonstrating Bach's mastery in creating vibrant dance movements.
Partita No. 6 in E minor, BWV 830: Believed to have been composed around 1730, this partita takes on a more serious and introspective character. The Toccata serves as an elaborate and virtuosic introduction, leading into the dance movements—Allemanda, Corrente, Air, Sarabande, Tempo di Gavotta, and Gigue. The Air stands out with its expressive beauty, while the Gigue provides a lively and rhythmically intricate conclusion. The partita as a whole represents a sublime integration of technical complexity and emotional depth.
Bach's "Partitas" are renowned for their fusion of intellectual rigor and emotional expression. Each partita presents a unique palette of musical colors, rhythmic diversity, and contrapuntal brilliance. The composer's ability to elevate dance forms to a high artistic level is particularly evident in these works, making them essential components of the keyboard repertoire and testaments to Bach's enduring legacy in Baroque music.
Gianluca Luisi is the winner of the International Bach piano contest. Luisi's performance revealed a technique characterised by a remarkable independence and control of the fingers. An economic use of pedalling and half-pedalling, mostly to accompany single notes, enhanced the overall effect without exaggerating the dynamics. This was warm-hearted and spirited playing, completely free from rhetoric, very appealing and which took the audience immediately to the heart of the music. (The Sunday Times, October 7, 2001)

Partitas No. 1 BWV 825; No. 5, BWV 829; No. 6, BWV 830
Gianluca Luisi, Piano

Prod. No.: 90 / 2011
Cat. No: OC11Bv
UPC: 3661585841333
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Aula Magna del Politecnico, Torino, 2005-06

Sound engineer: Alessandro Simonetto
Photo/paint on cover: tanakawho (flickr.com), (CC BY NC 2.0)
Artwork: OnClassical

Equipment used: AKG 414 B-ULS
Instrument(s) used: Steinway & Sohns D-274 piano

An OnClassical prod., © 2005-06

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