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It's OK

The playing is standard fare. It's competent playing but nothing really makes this recording outstanding. The biggest distraction is the sound quality. It sounds as if it was a sony engineer. WAY to much reverb. I'm shocked because the boys at Naxos usally do a much better job.

Reverb spoils it

I agree with Boolez that there is too much reverb. Ilya Kaler’s recording
of the Ysaye Solo Sonatas and of the Paganini Caprices on Naxos suffer the same fate. Kaler’s sound (which I am familiar with is much warmer than the echo ridden Naxos violin solo recordings would have us know, in my opinion, and I know his sound well. Excessive reverb is good to cover violinist’s (or any musician’s) flaws…it is unnecessary in Mr. Kaler’s case. We also have a mixture of notes and harmonies that should (I believe) be heard with clarity, but don’t, because the sound hangs around too long. I say bad for Bach, also.


Genre: Classical

Russian violinist Ilya Kaler has been compared to masters such as Itzhak Perlman and Jascha Heifetz. He has the distinction of being the only violinist to win gold medals in three of the most prestigious international competitions: the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow (1986), the Sibelius Competition in Helsinki (1985), and the Paganini Competition in Genoa (1981). He has had a distinguished career as a soloist, chamber musician, recording artist, and educator. Kaler was born into...
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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin, BWV 1001-1006, Ilya Kaler
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Apr 29, 2008

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