<< -- 2 -- David Wilkins PERFECT LEGATO
The sometimes-so-called French Overture's opening movement
is played with seriousness but no pomposity; the ornamentation is lucid
and illuminating; all the required crisp articulation is present when speeds
and fugal figurations require -- though with no loss of light and shade.
The individuality of the dance movements is a delight. After a beautifully
solemn little Courante, we have a pair of Gavottes ornamented
with delectable charm and the Passepieds have their own quirky rhythmic
propulsion. In her own liner-notes, Angela Hewitt claims that the Sarabande
needs, 'a perfect legato without the use of the pedal ... to do it justice.'
She certainly has that perfect legato to die for and the avoidance of sentimentality
is commendable. Maybe, though, a touch of pedal could have enhanced the
emotional impact. The Bourrees skip along with infectious joie-de-vivre
and without reckless haste. The very-much 'up front' Echo
is a master-class in dynamic control.
The less familiar Capriccios and Duets make for very worthwhile
listening. This is not revelatory Bach playing (as, for instance on Murray
Perahia's recent Goldberg Variations disc) but it is as honest
and durable a tribute to the unending delights of Bach's mastery as
one could wish for.
Copyright © 5 August 2001
David Wilkins, Eastbourne, East Sussex, UK
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