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Bach - Sonatas and Partitas

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Catalogue numberBIS-2197 SACD
Release date2019-02-10
Discs2
Orig. sample rate96000Hz
Total time141:29

There are many questions surrounding Johann Sebastian Bach’s ‘Six Solos for violin’, or the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, as they are usually called today. When did he compose them, and why, and for whom? In what circumstances were they performed? And why would a master of polyphony choose to write for a melody instrument with limited scope for polyphony or chords? We can only guess at the answers – which makes the works all the more fascinating. The legendary violinist George Enescu famously described the set as ‘the Himalayas of violinists’, but for more than 200 years they were primarily regarded as pedagogical exercises rather than compositions worthy of the concert hall. Felix Mendelssohn and Robert Schumann tried to popularize them by making versions with piano accompaniment, while Busoni did away with the violin altogether in his transcription of the famous Chaconne from Partita No. 2. But since Yehudi Menuhin made the first complete recording of the Sonatas and Partitas, between 1929 and 1936, they have become a staple during violin recitals, on disc and in concert. Fascinating performers and audiences alike with their architectural perfection as well as their emotional range, these are works that lend themselves to very different interpretations, and on this recording it is the Bach of Finnish violinist Jaakko Kuusisto we hear. Himself a composer – as well as violinist and conductor – Kuusisto remembers beginning to study individual movements from the set at the age of ten. The music has been with him ever since, and to him ‘no other works for the violin provide a higher challenge or greater beauty’.
 
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Disc 1
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 15:42
01 Adagio 04:02 $ 0.97 USD
02 Fuga: Allegro 05:05 $ 1.22 USD
03 Siciliana 02:55 $ 0.70 USD
04 Presto 03:40 $ 0.88 USD
 
  Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 30:22
05 Allemanda 05:02 $ 1.21 USD
06 Double 04:00 $ 0.96 USD
07 Corrente 03:18 $ 0.79 USD
08 Double. Presto 03:39 $ 0.88 USD
09 Sarabanda 04:16 $ 1.02 USD
10 Double 03:26 $ 0.82 USD
11 Bourrée 03:29 $ 0.84 USD
12 Double 03:12 $ 0.77 USD
 
  Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 23:30
13 Grave 04:39 $ 1.12 USD
14 Fuga 07:21 $ 1.76 USD
15 Andante 04:58 $ 1.19 USD
16 Allegro 06:32 $ 1.57 USD
 
 
Disc 2
 
  Composer: Bach, Johann Sebastian
  Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 29:54
01 Allemanda 04:58 $ 1.19 USD
02 Corrente 02:41 $ 0.64 USD
03 Sarabanda 04:43 $ 1.13 USD
04 Giga 03:51 $ 0.92 USD
05 Ciaconna 13:41 $ 3.28 USD
 
  Sonata No.3 in C major, BWV 1005 22:52
06 Adagio 04:35 $ 1.10 USD
07 Fuga 09:42 $ 2.33 USD
08 Largo 03:34 $ 0.86 USD
09 Allegro assai 05:01 $ 1.20 USD
 
  Partita No.3 in E major, BWV 1006 18:53
10 Preludio 03:53 $ 0.93 USD
11 Loure 03:57 $ 0.95 USD
12 Gavotte en rondeau 02:55 $ 0.70 USD
13 Menuet I – Menuet II 04:17 $ 1.03 USD
14 Bourrée 01:31 $ 0.36 USD
15 Gigue 02:20 $ 0.56 USD
 
  Album total 141:29
ComposerBach, Johann Sebastian
ViolinKuusisto, Jaakko

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