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BACH: THE SIX PARTITAS, BWV825-830
JUDITH LAMBDEN (piano)

Though published as Bach's Opus 1, the Partitas were composed as Bach was approaching 40 and working in Leipzig. Their varied and changeable movement styles differentiate them considerably from the structure of works such as the French and English Suites, which are otherwise like sets of dance movements.

Judith Lambden is a well established Australian pianist with a long-established reputation as an interpreter of Bach. In this, her first CD for Divine Art, she gives us all a chance to re-evaluate splendid works which (in terms of Bach's output) are relatively little known. At almost 80 minutes on each CD, a true high-value set at les than mid-price.

CD DURATION:  CD1: 79.48 CD2: 79.52  

AUDIO SAMPLE:
Partita no. 6 - Gavotta (extract)





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tracks:
Partita no. 1 in B flat major, BWV825
Partita no. 2 in C minor, BWV826
Partita no. 3 in A minor, BWV827
Partita no. 4 in D major, BWV828
Partita no. 5 in G major, BWV829
Partita no. 6 in E minor, BWV830

review extracts: for full reviews click here

“Anyone that wants to get deeper into these relatively underplayed Bach pieces is going to have a fine time rounding out their knowledge of the canon. Tasty, energetic and engaging.. on the money with a performance that is much more than a bunch of notes played pretty and in the right order... this is one for your collection.” – Chris Spector (MidWest Record)

“Judith Lambden's style is of a homely unpretentiousness, cut from an unconventional cloth. She senses power and gravity in these Partitas...yet intellectually always on the highest level. Lambden' s Bach is conceptually of a weighty dignity. Good keyboard command” – Nalen Anthoni (Gramophone)

“These performances are thoughtfully appealing, reliably-judged and largely free of worrying idiosyncrasies. I can enjoy Lambdens' balanced J S Bach interpretations in a mood of relaxed, unperturbed concentration. Worthy of a place among Australia's celebrated concert pianists.” – Howard Smith (Music and Vision)
“This Australian born pianist... makes her Divine Art debut with this commanding performance of [Bach's] Six Partitas. Their sublime marriage of grace, agility and nobility is reflected throughout this splendid 2CD set” – Kevin Bryan (UK Regional Press)
“There are admirable moments in these recordings... there is ample evidence of a musical mind that has pondered the possibilities inherent in these works.” – J F Weber (Fanfare)