|David Rose said:|
Andrew Manze has already proven himself to be one of the most imaginitive minds in the world of baroque performance. He does not limit himself to the boundaries of either the modern performer or else the historically informed performer. His contribution to the vast expanses of the well-trodden world of violin literature has never been more welcome.
His latest offering of the Violin and keyboard sonatas of J.S. Bach is yet another example of his fertile imagination, his invention (as opposed to convention), and of his supremacy both intrumentally and interpretively.
A nice little bonus on the this CD is his own transcription the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor for Solo violin. There is not a violinist to date who has released a more satisfying reading of these great works. Manze has the refinement of the modern player and the wonderful gesture of a baroque specialist; a rare coupling of style achieved by only one other string player to my knowledge: the cellist Peter Wispelwy.
A HIGHLY recommended recording by a HIGHLY recommended artist. I would be remiss in not acknowledging the marvelous abilities of Manze's collaborators on this project, Richard Egarr on harpsichord and Jaap ter Linden on Gamba. They are important musicians in their own right and helped to make this recording so significant.
Jan Hanford said:
I found his transcription for solo violin of the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor to be ridiculous and its inclusion with these sonatas not at all appropriate. It is a screechy mess. In concert, his explanation/theory that the work possibly originated for solo violin is absurd and egotistical. It's a shame that what would otherwise be a good (but not great) recording is ruined by this track.