February 25, 2012 11:06 AM   Subscribe

Wonderful, thanks! Nathan Milstein's violin version is my favorite recording of all time. I had no idea that piano transcriptions existed.
posted by Johnny Wallflower at 11:40 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Here's the Brahms transcription for the left hand. I really love the sparseness of this transcription; it takes an amazing musician to pull it off! Here's another great version of Brahm's transcription.

Brahms, on Bach's Chaconne:
""On one stave, for a small instrument, the man writes a whole world of the deepest thoughts and most powerful feelings. If I imagined that I could have created, even conceived the piece, I am quite certain that the excess of excitement and earth-shattering´╗┐ experience would have driven me out of my mind."
posted by Vibrissae at 12:16 PM on February 25, 2012 [4 favorites]

Back, again: here's a video of a live performance of Brahms' transcription for left hand.
posted by Vibrissae at 12:18 PM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

I am properly geeking out with this post. Thanks so much for this!
posted by joboe at 12:23 PM on February 25, 2012

that zimerman is insane. agree with johnny wallflower - milstein's chaconne was totally gutwrenching - my favorite.
posted by facetious at 2:13 PM on February 25, 2012

I don't normally succumb to this kind of hyperbole but if I had to chose one piece of music as the greatest in the Western European tradition it would be the chaconne. That said, I wasn't thrilled with the choices made for the guitar versions. Here's the English guitarist John Williams (not the Star Wars composer) performing it and I think he brings a lot more to it than either Segovia or Yepes.
posted by bfootdav at 3:03 PM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]

Thank you for this resource. Bach's chaconne is also my favorite musical composition in all the world. I have several recordings (violin, piano, and guitar), but am a mere amateur collector. I first heard Segovia's recording back in the 60's. Later, I tried my hand at learning it on guitar. My failed attempt deepened my admiration for the piece and those who are able to perform it well.
posted by john2511 at 4:00 PM on February 25, 2012

Interpretations of Bach-Busoni's Chaconne.

Shouldn't this be "Interpretations of Bach's Chaconne, including many based on Busoni's interpretation of Bach's Chaconne?"
posted by straight at 6:19 PM on February 25, 2012

Bream's version

and link 2 there is nice reverb in this recording so I would recommend it for someone wanting to study the tonal qualities of the classical guitar
posted by Meatafoecure at 6:24 PM on February 25, 2012

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