J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

The Six Partitas for Keyboard

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Maria Tipo
Instrumentation:Piano
Individual Works:Partitas #1, 2, 4 (disc 1)
Partitas #3, 5, 6 (disc 2)
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:EMI
Year Released/Recorded:1994
Total Playing Time:55/disc
Comments:Tim Solomon said:

I most emphatically do NOT recommend Maria Tipo's recording. Excessive and annoying fluctuations in tempo, frequent use of the sustain pedal, and poor taste in dynamics are just a few of the problems with this two-disc set. Ms. Tipo plays Bach as if he were a Romantic-era composer. A big mistake. Do not buy this disc.

Another point of view:

From: Deidre Howard
(email address withheld by request)

I don't expect you'll add these comments. But the previous review is from a typical Musical MARXIST! Unless you tote the party line, (read Turekites), your thoughts, individually, and contributions are insulted. Thus we can see the end of Western Civilization through the sheer IGNORANCE perpetrated by goose-stepping literalists!!!!!!!!! SHAME. SHAME.SHAME ON YOU. Well sir, Maria Tipo gets the last laugh, because SHE has been recorded for posterity, and YOU HAVE NOT. She wins!!!!!!!

Jan Hanford said:

Well, I agree with the first review. Maria Tipo's tempos are erratic and she often deviates from the score: what she forgets, she invents. I realise improvisation was part of the Baroque but I at least would like to hear the notes in the score. I would not recommend any recording by her. And by the way, I have been recorded for posterity. ;-)

William Harold said:

As an amateur, I am dismayed to read that Maria Tipo does not stick to the score, and that she has poor taste with respect to tempo and pedalling, because I have a great affinity for these discs. I often put them on when I need to think through a difficult problem, and oddly, I find more majesty in these recordings than even in the Glenn Gould, whom I also adore (perhaps also unfashionably). I recommend giving them a listen, even if they are "wrong". She has a delicacy of touch that I find just right for much, if not all, of the material.

Acknowledgements:Thank you to the following for submitting this recording and for your comments:
  • Tim Solomon
  • William Harold
Date First Submitted:11/19/1996