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Thoughtfully Appealing

Judith Lambden
plays J S Bach -
heard by
HOWARD SMITH

'... a great deal to admire ...'

Johann Sebastian Bach: The Six Partitas. Judith Lambden (piano). © 2009 Divine Art Ltd

These performances are thoughtfully appealing, reliably-judged, and largely free of worrying idiosyncrasies. Indeed I can enjoy and appreciate Lambden's balanced J S Bach interpretations in a mood of relaxed, unperturbed concentration; in some instances when Bach is aired, such peace of mind is not a foregone conclusion.

The one unavoidable caveat: there are several stellar accounts of the partitas to choose from, so, as is often the case, the competition is fierce.

The complete partitas are readily available with Andras Schiff (Decca Originals, 4758234), Craig Sheppard (recorded live in Seattle, 2005, on Romeo Records), Angela Hewitt (Hyperion Records, CDA 67191/2), Murray Perahia (Sony BMG 744361 and 722695), Rosalyn Tureck (Volume 1, recorded 1949/50, Doremi DHR 7826-27) and Maria Tipo (EMI Gemini 3714572); wonderful Bach exponents to be sure.

And who could hold their head up without a Glenn Gould performance; the Partitas are on three volumes of Sony's The Original Jacket Collection: Nos 1 and 2, Vol 10, 88697147592, Nos 3 and 4, Vol 17, 88697147732, and Nos 5 and 6, Vol 4, 88697147502...

Copyright © 5 June 2010 Howard Smith,
Masterton, New Zealand

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CD INFORMATION: J S BACH: THE SIX PARTITAS

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH

DIVINE ART LTD

AUSTRALIA

GERMANY

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