OnClassical | OC12Bv | 2011

Bach, J.S.: Partitas No. 2 BWV 826; No. 3, BWV 827; No. 4, BWV 828
Gianluca Luisi, Piano

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Johann Sebastian Bach's "Partitas" for keyboard, specifically Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826; No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827; and No. 4 in D major, BWV 828, are exemplary sets of dance suites that showcase Bach's masterful blend of technical prowess, expressive depth, and structural sophistication.
Partita No. 2 in C minor, BWV 826: Composed around 1725, this partita exhibits a profound and introspective character due to its key signature of C minor. The dance movements "Sinfonia, Allemande, Courante, Sarabande, Rondeaux, and Capriccio" form a compelling sequence. The Sinfonia serves as a prelude with a rich contrapuntal texture, while the Allemande and Courante convey a sense of urgency and emotional intensity. The Sarabande provides a poignant contrast, and the concluding Capriccio is a lively and virtuosic finale, showcasing Bach's compositional dexterity.
Partita No. 3 in A minor, BWV 827: Believed to have been composed around 1725, this partita is characterized by its expressive depth and melancholic beauty. The dance movements "Fantasia, Allemande, Corrente, Sarabande, Burlesca, Scherzo, and Gigue" display a wide range of emotions. The Fantasia, an improvised-like prelude, sets a contemplative tone. The Sarabande stands out with its emotional gravity, while the playful Burlesca and Scherzo offer contrast. The partita concludes with a lively and spirited Gigue, showcasing Bach's ability to infuse dance forms with emotional depth.
Partita No. 4 in D major, BWV 828: Composed around 1728, this partita is notable for its bright and joyful character. The dance movements "Allemande, Courante, Aria, Sarabande, Menuets I and II, and Gigue" form a delightful suite. The Allemande and Courante contribute to the buoyant atmosphere, while the Aria introduces a lyrical and expressive interlude. The Menuets provide a charming contrast, and the Gigue concludes the partita with a lively and spirited dance.
Bach's "Partitas" are exemplary in their ability to marry technical complexity with emotional depth. Each partita within this set showcases Bach's mastery in crafting diverse dance forms into cohesive and compelling musical narratives. The fusion of intellectual rigor, emotional expression, and virtuosic flair makes these works indispensable in the Baroque keyboard repertoire, highlighting Bach's enduring influence on classical 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. 2 BWV 826; No. 3, BWV 827; No. 4, BWV 828
Gianluca Luisi, Piano

Prod. No.: 91 / 2011
Cat. No: OC12Bv
UPC: 3661585841340
No. Album(s): 1

Recorded @ Aula Magna del Politecnico, Torino, 2007

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., © 2007

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