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Patrick Rucker
Fanfare, November 2009

In quasi-improvisatory movements such as the Prelude of the A-Major Suite, evoking the unmeasured preludes of the French clavecinistes, or the opening Presto of the D-Minor Suite, Vinikour displays a fine feel for the instrument. It is in those movements requiring bravura, however, that Vinikour seems most in his element. The rollicking A-Major Gigue, the more serious Gigue that concludes the E-Minor Suite, and the mighty Passacaglia of the Suite in G Minor, to cite but three examples, are technically impeccable and passionately vivid. Though Handel seldom approaches Bach in the sheer density of his counterpoint, the suites contain stretches of considerable polyphonic complexity. Vinikour invariably elucidates these textures with tremendous skill. Ornamentation in the slow movements is tasteful and perfectly suited to the melodic context. But it is in the slow movements, most of all, that one wishes for a greater degree of license, more flexibility and breath, those indispensable elements of a true cantabile style. © 2009 Fanfare Read complete review





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