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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas

Sergey Khachatryan

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Intense and Brilliant

Digital recordings are unforgiving. One review referred to the beathing that can be heard on this recording. That is about the only comment he made with which I can agree. It is impossible, however, to listen to any recording these days (try a Keith Jarett album ...) without hearing breathing, mechanical movements of the instruments, and other extraneous sounds. The performance, however, is simplly amazing. Romantic? Traditional? This is Bach, for heaven's sake! Clarity and intensity are called for with each singular interpretation. For anyone who has seen Khachatryan live, this recording reproduces the intensity and brilliance he brings to any performance (he restricts himself to only 50 a year ... would that other young artists would do the same). At 24 his reading of some of the most difficult of works for the violin rivals those of many more mature artists. The music speaks, not the artist. If you want flash, go somewhere else. If you want the music to sparkle with renewed brilliance, buy the album.

eh expected better from him

Serge plays through the motions in an old-fashioned romantic approach. This wouldn't have been so bad but he doesn't quite have the chops of a Ehnes. The close mic placement shows this to be true, especially in the fuges and ciaccona. Also apparent is his breathing which I normally don't gripe too much about but the sup-par perfomance added made it too distracting. He's done better work and there's still lashes of better albums of these works to choose from. -Bz

Haunting, Exquisite, and Riveting

I may not be able to give a technical review, since I studied classical piano growing up, however, there is a place in me that longs for the romantic, haunting, aching, searching, longing, stabbing nectar of these pieces. I have searched for such moody imbalanced symmetry, and this is performed in such a way, as to "downplay" the joy and keep the emotion fresh, feisty and rivetingly sorrowful. Finally! As for the audible breath and such, some might think this adds to the intensity, mood and commitment of the artist. The visual cover is apropos.

Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Sergey Khachatryan
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