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The the tonal beauty of Giuliano Carmignola's 'JS Bach Sonatas & Partitas' / GRAMOPHONE

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Were I to append a subtitle to this memorable album it would be ‘the art of the bow', the reason being that although DG's recording comprehensively reports the tonal beauty of the 1733 Guarneri violin, it's Giuliano Carmignola's agile use of Emilio Slaviero's 2007 bow (after an 18th-century model by Tourte) that really grabbed my attention. By that I mean pressure, types of arpeggio and articulation, and most especially dynamics, sometimes reducing his tone to the merest whisper.

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