Friday, September 4, 2009

Bach Partita No. 2 Chaconne

Chaconne is a dance originated from South America. It has a moderately slow rhythem, rhythm, with a recurring moving bass pattern. It has been said that Bach wrote it for his first wife, Maria Babara, after he returned from a trip to discovered that she has died.

Johannes Brahms said: "On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering experience would have driven me out of my mind."

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A dance video accompanied by Henryk Szeryng's playing of the Bach Chaconne:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIcERh90MLk
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Joshua Bell performs it on the film Bach Project:


Interestingly, Bell played it in a subway station as an experiment to see if people stop and hear the music:

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Nathan Milstein:

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Isaac Stern:

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I like this interpretation by Kristof Barati:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ru-Pj1nRfXU
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Maxim Vengerov played it in "Holocaust: A musical memorial film from Auschwitz", without the middle section:

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Here's a lecture by Lewis Kaplan discussing his interpretation of the Chaconne:

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The legendary Heifetz performance of the Chaconne:

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Viktoria Mullova played the Chaconne in a church:


Another performance for BBC:

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The Bach Chaconne appearing in a Russian film:

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Another legendary violinist, Leonid Kogan's performance:

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Hilary Hahn (recording), "Beauty Of Nature"


Hilary Hahn said in 'The Art of Violin' (DVD) that Henryk Szeryng's version is the best interpretation of Bach:

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Nicholas Kitchen performed Bach's Sonata and Partita (Chaconne here) with a big projection screen:

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Gidon Kremer plays Bach Chaconne:

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Pasha Tseitlin:

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Tymur Melnyk:

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Rimma Sushanskaya:

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Anna Tifu:

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Deniz Karakelle Aydin:

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Mariko Senju:

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Vasko Abadjiev (recording):

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Uto Ughi (recording)

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Yehudi Menuhin clip

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Nemanja Radulovic

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Hélène Grimaud plays Bach (Bach-Busoni Chaconne)

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Ivry Gitlis Bach Chaconne Live part 1. (1990)

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Andrey Murza

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David Juritz

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M.Bezverkhni 1997 live (recording)

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Valery Oistrakh (recording)

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Joseph Szigeti (recording)

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Bronislaw Huberman (recording)

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Lucia Luque

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Ida Haendel

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Vasa Prihoda (recording)

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Wolfgang Schneiderhan (recording)

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Roy Sonne

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Adolf Busch (recording)

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Anastasios Mavroudis

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Lana Trotovsek

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Bach Chaconne, Seen and Heard (Andrea Jarrett)
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4 comments:

  1. Nice collection! Thanks so much for posting.

    Right now my favorite ones are Vengerov's, Milstein's and Kogan's. But from this page I'll have plenty to digest for the next few months.
    BTW: I finally got to hear the Chaconne live two weeks ago after waiting for about 14 years. It's really something else.

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  2. Hi. I'm been looking for a Szeryng's performance of Ciaccona since a long time. Is there anyone on Internet? Best regards. Alessandro Vaccari, Italy

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    1. I think there's recording, not video.

      http://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=henryk+szeryng+chaconne&oq=henryk+szeryng+chaconne&gs_l=youtube.3..0.2507.9280.0.9438.23.11.0.12.12.0.79.539.11.11.0...0.0...1ac.1.Eh9Kbm0SCpM

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