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J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, BWV 1001-1006 / Gil Shaham, violin

Audio Samples

  1. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  2. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana $0.99 on iTunes
  4. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  5. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda $0.99 on iTunes
  6. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double $0.99 on iTunes
  7. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente $0.99 on iTunes
  8. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  9. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabanda $0.99 on iTunes
  10. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double $0.99 on iTunes
  11. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di borea $0.99 on iTunes
  12. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double $0.99 on iTunes
  13. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  14. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga $0.99 on iTunes
  15. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  16. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemanda $0.99 on iTunes
  18. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: II. Corrente $0.99 on iTunes
  19. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: III. Sarabanda $0.99 on iTunes
  20. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga $0.99 on iTunes
  21. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Ciaconna
  22. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  23. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: II. Fuga $0.99 on iTunes
  24. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  25. J.S. Bach — Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro assai $0.99 on iTunes
  26. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Preludio $0.99 on iTunes
  27. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: II. Loure $0.99 on iTunes
  28. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en rondeau $0.99 on iTunes
  29. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet I - Menuet II $0.99 on iTunes
  30. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: V. Bourrée $0.99 on iTunes
  31. J.S. Bach — Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: VI. Giga $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Considered by many as the pinnacle of musical achievement, J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are arguably the composer's most demanding and emotionally penetrating works. After living with, reading about, listening to and playing these seminal works for over 30 years Gil Shaham steps up to offers a new perspective on these works, undertaken in 2014 as part of his Artist-in-Residence with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk. These works have been part of Shaham's concert programs for over ten years and for this recording decided on a 'more Baroque set-up' opting for a Baroque bridge, Baroque bow and 3 of 4 strings being gut. The deluxe package comes complete with Shaham's insightful views on these works in discussion with former Strad Magazine editor Ariane Todes. "The high moment was Shaham alone, in the Bach D minor Partita: his warmth, honeyed tone, and beautiful sense of line were balanced with intelligent articulation, and the Chaconne radiated an uplifting, cathartic humanity." - STRAD MAGAZINE on reviewing Gil Shaham's Wigmore Hall concert, London, October 2009

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-).



Reviews

Fascinating and delightful interpretations of these works by Mr. Shaham!
I have to admit right form the start that I’m a Gil Shaham fan, and have always enjoyed his playing and craftsmanship. And in this project, Mr. Shaham decided to reconfigure his Stradivarius into a more Baroque configuration, utilizing a Baroque bridge, bow, and wound-gut strings (not sheep), and the effect it had on Mr. Shaham’s playing is detailed in the very well written liner notes. But you can hear the difference in lightness, feeling, and soft initial attack. It is interesting that Mr. Shaham really enjoyed playing with the Baroque bow – I hope he continues to do so, as the result is wonderful.
He also immersed himself in research about the various pieces, and discusses tempos, interpretations, and his thoughts on the appropriate speed of certain dance movements. It is clear that he dove right into learning as much as he could about both this music and certain things that he took for granted as a performer, and the result is both emotionally and intellectually stimulating for the listener as well.
So how is the music? Unbelievable. And whole. And fulfilling. This recording is warm and delicate and technically delightful. I found myself captivated when I was listening to it, and it has spent more than a few hours in my CD player both at home and in the car. It was hard for me to do anything else while it was playing. Yes, it’s that good. Very highly recommended!

Submitted on 08/03/15 by KlingonOpera 
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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 30 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Performer: Gil Shaham (Violin)
  • Notes: Studio 2, Bayerischer Rundfunk, Munich Germany (2014-06-24&2014-06-30_2014-)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720