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J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for cello solo, BWV 1001-1006 / Markku Luolajan-Mikkola, Baroque cello

Album Summary

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

Notes & Reviews:

With two Gramophone Awards to his name and a reputation synonymous with excellence, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a musician who is at the top of his profession. With an established fan base built over his two decades with viol consort Phantasm, Luolajan-Mikkola makes his solo Linn debut in style, tackling what is considered the pinnacle of Bach's output for violinists: the Sonatas and Partitas. Transcribing these hugely popular works for cello, especially one in Baroque set-up, was not without its risks, although performing on Baroque cello also offers compelling advantages. Luolajan-Mikkola takes his interpretative cue from the set-up of the Baroque instrument, which informs such issues as tuning, vibrato, fingering and articulation. Performing the Sonatas and Partitas on the cello is so challenging that it is almost impossible to imagine a cellist of Bach's day playing them, but Luolajan-Mikkola rises to the challenge with aplomb. Luolajan-Mikkola's main aim in this recording has been to capture emotion and convey expression according to the respective key and character of each movement, which he achieves in spades. Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a historically informed musician who has given more than a thousand concerts in thirty countries.

The Guardian, 25th February 2016
Luolajan-Mikkola is nothing if not resolute, and he seems to embrace the struggle as an expressive end in itself. His staunch approach to articulation is tricky to love, but the payoff comes in the slow movements: Sarabandes sung low and husky, unadorned, flawed and beautiful.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-).



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Notes: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 31 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
  • Notes: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Notes: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Notes: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 32 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Notes: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 18 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005
  • Notes: Church of St Catherine, Karjaa, Finland (2013-09-09_2013-09-12&2014-)
  • Running Time: 25 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720