Bach: Partitas / Eleonor Bindman

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The profound and delightful Partitas, Bach’s Opus 1, sparkle in Eleonor Bindman’s brilliant performance. Her unhurried tempos bring out the twists, turns and quick modulations of the dance movements and preludes of this unparalleled set of six suites — famous in Bach’s day and today for their vitality and depth. Bindman’s spirited recording enriches the listener’s experience by revealing the power and emotional nuances of the suites. One of Bach’s favorite forms, the suite, or partita, incorporates lively, stately, graceful and stirring dances introduced by an opening movement — with a different title in each suite: Praeludium, Sinfonia, Toccata, Fantasia, Ouverture and Praeambulum. The scope of these works is vast — melody, harmony and counterpoint blending in sonorous combinations that surprise, fascinate and enchant. According to Bach’s first biographer, J.N. Forkel, “Such excellent compositions for the clavier [keyboard] had never been seen and heard before. Anyone who had learnt to perform well some pieces out of them could make his fortune in the world thereby.”

Past praise for Eleonor's Bindman's other recent Bach recording projects:

Bach: Cello Suites (transcribed for piano by E. Bindman):

Bindman takes him quite literally, transcribing in the register he wrote in, mostly, and clearly with enjoyment. Her tempos are sometimes faster than a cellist’s fingers might find practical, but her musical sense is excellent.

-- American Record Guide

The Brandenburg Duets (arr. for piano duet by E. Bindman):

These transcriptions are not easy to play, but Bindman and Lin are up to the task. Fast movements are played crisply, but not with brittleness, although the pianists play the opening movement of the Sixth Concerto in a more legato fashion, and use the sustaining pedal—a necessary choice, Bindman writes, given the concerto’s violin-less scoring. The slow movements are not Romanticized, but are duly lyrical. The two pianists equally divvy up the primo and secondo parts.

-- Fanfare



Product Description:


  • Release Date: May 06, 2022


  • Catalog Number: DE 3597


  • UPC: 013491359724


  • Label: Delos


  • Number of Discs: 2


  • Period: Baroque


  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach


  • Performer: Eleonor Bindman



Works:


  1. Partita No. 1 in B-Flat Major, BWV 825

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Eleonor Bindman


  2. Partita No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 826

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Eleonor Bindman


  3. Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Eleonor Bindman


  4. Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Eleonor Bindman


  5. Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Eleonor Bindman


  6. Partita No. 6 in E Minor, BWV 830

    Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach

    Performer: Eleonor Bindman