I'm going to try to listen to as many recordings of the Bach c minor partita as I can get my hands on, as I'm trying to get some ideas about what is acceptable in style and ornamentation. I have a friend that helps me by sharing recordings with me sometimes, but I am curious to know, especially among those of you who play a lot of Bach, who your favorite interpreters are. I have GG's complete Bach recordings, and I like him. Also, I recently listened to Andreas Schiff play the c minor partita on YouTube, and I really liked the way he played it - very creative and sensitive, even Romantic (which I did not expect, as the recommendation came from a baroque performance practice expert who tends to be conservative). Also on YouTube is a bit of the capriccio by Martha Argerich, which was nice....fairly conventional, but with her usual fire. I have also watched a video by Angela Hewitt on playing Bach on piano.
The performance practice expert recommended I listen to harpsichordists, and I don't know ANYTHING about which harpsichordists are considered to be the best, and which ones studied performance practice, and which ones did not.
So, who are your favorite Bach players?
Terez, have you heard Wolfgang Rubsam? He's the only pianist (mainly organist) I know who recorded Bach AND studied Baroque performance practice. There is no youTube video with him... but you can listen to his entire piano recording on http://www.naxosmusiclibrary.com
. He recorded English and French suites, Sinfonias and Inventions, Partitas, Fantaisie Chromatique, Italian Concerto, and some WTC preludes.
About harpsichordists, Gustav Leonhardt is a great reference (if not the greatest of all. =D).
There is also his pupil Robert Hill. Pieter Belder is excellent also. All of them studied Baroque performance.
yes! I noticed that!
in fact, probably baroque music used to have much more rubato than that of the romantic period. but I still prefer that, on piano, it is played more straight (rubato is allowed, but extremely restricted). why? tradition?
Hm... looks like someone changed his mind from 2008 to 2012.