Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo

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Tracklist

1.
Sonata Nr. 1 In G Minor BWV 1001 - Adagio
02:23
2.
Sonata Nr. 1 In G Minor BWV 1001 - Fuga
03:39
3.
Sonata Nr. 1 In G Minor BWV 1001 - Siciliano
00:00
4.
Sonata Nr. 1 In G Minor BWV 1001 - Presto
02:31
5.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Allemanda
03:47
6.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Double
02:14
7.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Corrente
02:06
8.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Double
02:24
9.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Sarabande
02:30
10.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Double
01:53
11.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Tempo Di Bourrée
02:21
12.
Partita Nr. 1 In B Minor BWV 1002 - Double
02:44
13.
Partita Nr. 2 IN D Minor BWV 1004 - Allemanda
00:00
14.
Partita Nr. 2 IN D Minor BWV 1004 - Corrente
00:00
15.
Partita Nr. 2 IN D Minor BWV 1004 - Sarabanda
00:00
16.
Partita Nr. 2 IN D Minor BWV 1004 - Giga
02:39
17.
Partita Nr. 2 IN D Minor BWV 1004 - Ciaccona
08:12

Description

A poem about the poverty and riches of the violin. A bit of wood, a few strings and a bow, yet unbelievable what it can be made to produce. The last three lines are about mankind’s enormous power of perception – about all that his heart is able to follow and understand. Grillparzer is confident about man’s capabilities in this respect. He does not speak about what is beyond him.
It is highly debatable whether Grillparzer (a contemporary of Beethoven and Schubert) knew Bach’s six works for solo violin. Nevertheless he manages in this poem, without actually intending to do so, to go right to their core. It seems as if Bach demands the extremes from the violin, even more than it is capable of. A great deal is not actually performable as written, such as much of the chordal writing. Violinists and musicologists have devoted gallons of ink and hundreds of pages to this and numerous other aspects of the performance practice of Bach’s solo violin writing: much more than Bach himself needed to write down his six sonatas and partitas.
All these writers, from the first Bach biographer Forkel, to Albert Schweitzer and the great contemporary Bach expert Christoph Wolf, are children of their time and attest over and over to their ‘understanding’, their ‘truth’. In doing so, these authors raise more questions about Bach’s enigmatic works for unaccompanied violin than they can provide answers for. And then they give answers preceded by ‘perhaps’, ‘possibly’, or on occasion, ‘probably’……

Additional information

Artists

Recording date

April 1998

Mastering equiment

Sony digital Editor 3000

Mastering engineer

Jared Sacks

Mixing console

Rens Heijnis Custom made

Microphones

Bruel & Kjaer, Schoeps

Recording format

PCM 44.1

Analog to digital converter

Prism 24 bit / Genex Recorder

Recording location

Doopsgezinde Kerk Deventer, The Netherlands

Composers

Editing

Jared Sacks

Recording engineer

jared Sacks

Producer

Jonathan Freeman-attwood, Jared Sacls

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Digital to analog converter

Sony

Press reviews

Klassieke Zaken

(…) Vederlicht en speels, zodra het kan, introvert, bezonnen, ongehaast ook, maar zo vitaal dat er van saaiheid geen sprake is. Zij munt uit in een vlekkeloze intoinatie en perfecte beheersing van de dubbelgrepen. (…)

Haagse Courant

levendig spel van iemand die Bach goed in haar vingers heeft. Wat bij veel violisten in gezwoeg ontaard – vooral de talrijke dubbelgreep-passage- rolt er bij haar vrijwel moeiteloos it. (…)

Hessische/Niedersächsische Allgemeine

Rachel Podger ërklart: “versucht man, ein Gleichgewicht zwischen drei dingen zu finden: der notierte Musik, dem instrument uns sich selbst”. Das hat sie gefunden in dieser formvollendeten, Feuer sprühenden, technisch ausgefeilten, tief lotenden Einspielung.

Audiophile Audition

The Weekly Australian (…) her playing is superb (…)

Gramophone

(…) an opportunity to hear her on her own (…) (…) her subtle phrasing, as in the B minor Corrente, with the fleetest of doubles, the cross-rhythms of her G minor Presto and, most strikingly, the sheer poetic feeling with which she imbues the initial Adagio of the G minor Sonata. She touches in cord lightly. (…) (…) Her D minor Giga is stunning. Altogether a most impressive and rewarding disc.

Jonas Magazine

(…) een artistieke en technische topprestatie van een veelbelovende violiste.

Memphis TN

she is making music under her hands (…) (…) There’s not a moment in these intricately plotted works that doesn’t shine with dedication and insight (…) (…) she plays for the empyrean.

BBC Music Magazine

(…) deeply considered performances, highly accomplished in technical terms, and full of musical insights. (…) (…) Her variety of touch and phrasing, lending richness to the implied harmonies of Bach’s lines, brings the disc to a satisfying conclusion.

Gramophone

Editor’s Choice

BBC Music Magazine

Gold Choice (…)

Klassiek Heute

eine blitzsaubere intonation (…)

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