> referring the first reply:
yes i guess it should be very difficult to give a critique to a piece one has only been listening for two bars. also i can hardly believe that someone might forget tunes while they are still being played - especially if someone is into music. i also think it is really difficult to guess what Bach might have said or thought referring this interpretation.
Ok, I indeed bravely listened to the complete take. To make it short, I would not vote to put it up to the recordings of PianoSociety. Let's first put the performing speed beside. Especially in baroque music I like to listen to a steady groove, but if I try to follow your rhythm, I come out of clock. Can be my fault, but maybe it is so that you did not found a constant rhythm? Bach was known as playing and conducting rhythmically very precise, and in my opinion this is the best thing for baroque music. That gives the overwhelming drive if done correctly. Ok, you can say, why not play it without rhythm. I simply say, that I don't like rhythm unprecise baroque music. For me this rhythmical uneveness is a technical fault, and no question of interpretation.
> referring the speed:
i don't think this slow motion way of playing the piece is a provocation to it's compositor - it was thought to wave some hello! to this ingenious musician and say: even in 2006 we have enough passion and sensibility to replay this wonderful piece and we might play it as we like. (in this sense: even in 2006 we are still human and not a bit about to become machines, all perfect, stuffed with the same processor speed ...
i intended to play the piece as if it came from my heart, as some kind of perfect harmonic sequence that is still open to be discovered every time u play.
I like your attitude, one always should play from the heart. That's the soul of music. And I think that this is the right attitude to touch the soul of the listener. The precondition is however, that the manner you play, like the speed, is at least anywhere within the ranges of the expectation value a very open listener can have. Your interpretation is outside of my personal range within I think this aria sounds well interpreted to me. You can blame at me, that I am perhaps not open enough, if you like.
Beside this, it is surely a good idea to practise in that slow motion. I encourage you to practise further, surely you will find anytime an interpretation what finds more allowance, so I am looking forward to your further efforts on this beautiful aria.