Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Nathan Milstein: Bach's Partita No. 2—'Chaconne'

Nathan Milstein performs from Bach's Partita No. 2 ("Chaconne') in D minor for solo violin (BWV 1004) at his last public concert in Berwaldhallen, Stockholm, on July 17, 1986; Milstein was 83. Bach composed this piece sometime between 1717 and 1723, and it remains one of the most beautifully spiritual pieces ever written—an uplifting piece of work, capturing the full range of human experience, that carries you higher and higher. The work has five movements: Allemanda, Corrente, Sarabanda, Giga, and Ciaccona. [You can also hear Perlman's interpretation of the same piece here.]