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Bach's well-known and supremely played suites take on a new face on the viola. Kashkashian uses a modern instrument, and even a 5-string viola for the suitel in D. This disc is the second she devotes to Bach, since in 1991, she had already published the suites for viola da gamba, accompanied by Keith Jarrett on the harpsichord. I have no comparison with other performances on the viola, but it is clear that both the tone and style and purity of her playing are fabulous. Sound: 10 - Booklet: 9 - Repertoire: 10 - Interpretation 10
This version of Rothko Chapel is perhaps not the last word on how to play with absolutely reduced dynamics but we are seduced by the commitment and quality of interpreters. Violist Kim Kashkashian addresses the score with sincerity and frankness where others would be more ethereal (can be said of the percussionist Steven Schick and the Houston Chamber Choir).
"["] .. It is an extraordinary CD that also can charm the less contemplative man. The performances are beautiful and look like the chapel. The photo shows a somewhat barren impression but when you plunge into a different space, a space in which sound may take its time and where the listener can sink into and drift away in contemplation.""