Steve - please provide specifics to the Bach composition and recording you are listening to if at all possible. Thanks for the rave.
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Hey Ghosthouse. I already listed the piece/movement; here are the two recording I have of this:
Julia Fischer on Pentatone: hybrid sacd. Wonderful sound (even on my 20-year-old CD player). Comes with all the Bach Partitas and sonatas (2-cd's and not cheap). This was the one I was listening to tonight.
Hilary Hahn on Sony: Redbook. Sound not as natural as the one above, but I think Hahn's playing is more dynamic and profound. I recommend this one over the former.
Tobias: Very good idea. Who can fail to be moved by this music? I myself was staggering out of the listening room!
I have not heard of the Ehnes; will look into it. I also have orchestral arrangements (Stokowsky and I forget the other). While I enjoy these, the piece is best for solo violin I think.
What an excellent thread! If you like opera, I can recommend a 5 minute piece where time seems to stand still.
Aida: O terra, addio; addio, valle di pianti (4:49)
Verdi: Arias & Duets / Plácido Domingo
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Conductor: Riccardo Muti
Placido Domingo (Tenor)
Montserrat Caballe (Soprano)
Fiorenza Cossotto (Mezzo Soprano)
Give that particular track from Aida a shot. At last year's Stereophile show, I used that track to demo the Dragonfly monitors that the Soundsmith sells. The track has special meaning to me mostly because it was one of the few pieces of music whose sheer intrinsic beauty brought me any sense of peace after my grandson passed away. Long story short, after hearing the aria, Soundsmith's head engineer (Peter) offers to buy the CD from me. I was surprised in a way, because the Soundsmith is truly committed to the vinyl experience and it makes some great sounding vinyl products. I gave Peter the CD ... it's our duty to pass on great music.
Regarding the Bach Partita No. 2 for solo violin, try the Arthur Grumiaux recording on Philips:
Bach Partita No. 2 in in D Minor
Both the quality of the performance and the quality of the sound are excellent. And, in this Philips two-CD package, you get all the Bach works for solo violin at a very reasonable price.
Rar1 (Rich), I agree that the the closing scene of Aida is one of the most touching moments in opera. I have the complete opera both on LP (Solti/Price/Vickers) and on CD (Karajan/Tebaldi/Bergonzi). Both performances are excellent, but the duet by Renata Tebaldi and Carlo Bergonzi is my favorite by a slim margin. In either case, just as you said, time stands still for a moment.
This is what it's all about folks!
I bought this SACD/CD hybrid, and it's not my cup of tea.
So, I have it for sale at $18.49 if anyone is interested.