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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola - J.S. Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas - ABC


12 November 2016
ABC
Á. Marías

GIVING TO THE CELLO WHAT IS FROM THE VIOLIN

The sonatas and partitas for solo violin by Bach, played on the cello? It seems an absurdity; however, the Finnish Markku Luolajan-Mikkola has carried out this feat not only with great technical strength, but with a talent and a musicality that transcend the extravagance of the “even more difficult.” Playing the sonatas and partitas on the cello would seem something against nature, of merely technical interest. Despite this, the experiment is not without interest for the typical listener, as this music for violin resounds with such energy and depth on the cello that it is easy to forget the instrument for which it was originally written.  

DARLE AL CHELO LO QUE ES DEL VIOLÍN
 ¿Las Sonatas y partitas para violín solo de Bach tocadas con el violonchelo? Parece poco menos que un disparate; sin embargo, el finlandés Markku Luolajan-Mikkola ha llevado a cabo la proeza no ya con gran poderío técnico, sino con un talento y una musicalidad que trascienden la extravagancia del “más difícil todavía”. Tocar en el violonchelo las Sonatas y partitas parecería algo contra natura, de interés meramente técnico. Con todo, para el oyente común el experimento no carece de interés, porque esta música para violín suena con tal energía y hondura en el violonchelo que es fácil olvidarse del instrumento para el que fue escrita.

 


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