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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo / Kremer

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  1. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio $1.29 on iTunes
  2. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga (Allegro) $1.29 on iTunes
  3. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana $1.29 on iTunes
  4. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto $1.29 on iTunes
  5. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Ia. Allemanda $1.29 on iTunes
  6. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: Ib. Double $1.29 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IIa. Corrente $1.29 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IIb. Double $1.29 on iTunes
  9. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IIIa. Sarabande $1.29 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IIIb. Double $1.29 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IVa. Tempo Di Borea $1.29 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IVb. Double $1.29 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave $1.29 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga $1.29 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante $1.29 on iTunes
  16. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro $1.29 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemande $1.29 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: II. Corrente $1.29 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: III. Sarabande $1.29 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga $1.29 on iTunes
  21. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Ciaccona
  22. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: I. Adagio $1.29 on iTunes
  23. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: II. Fuga $1.29 on iTunes
  24. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: III. Largo $1.29 on iTunes
  25. Bach — Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro Assai $1.29 on iTunes
  26. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: I. Preludio $1.29 on iTunes
  27. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: II. Loure $1.29 on iTunes
  28. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau $1.29 on iTunes
  29. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: IVa. Minuet I $1.29 on iTunes
  30. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: IVb. Minuet II $1.29 on iTunes
  31. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: V. BourrĂ©e $1.29 on iTunes
  32. Bach — Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006: VI. Gigue $1.29 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
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Notes & Reviews:

"Just now, with Kremer's performances still reverberating, it's hard to imagine how such profound probing of the music's core could ever go unheeded, even if individuality (very) occasionally intrudes. The engineers have captured Kremer in a warm resonance that expands his subtle - and occasionally not so subtle - dynamic contrasts to dimensions almost larger than life. The set, on the whole, should appeal not only to collectors but also to those who seek a first acquaintance with the music; but this appeal doesn't depend on the listener's having absorbed musical messages stated more directly in other performances. Urgently recommended, finally, as one of the most thrillingly authoritative, if individual, recordings made on the violin." -Robert Maxham, Fanfare

BBC Music Magazine
... there is often an expressive intensity about his approach which leaves us in no doubt about the depth of his feelings.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Are a beautiful sound and a warm, singing tone as important to you as intelligent, stylish interpretation in Bach's Sonatas and Partitas? If so, you probably won't sympathise with Gidon Kremer's seeming determination to bypass his instrument in pursuit of musical truths, nor the hard-hitting, raw, squeezed-out quality of many notes above the stave and loud broken chords (although Kremer's intonation is, for the most part, absolutely dead-on).

The utterly unprettified G minor and C major Sonatas' adagios, for example, are brisker and grittier than what one usually hears. While many treat the B minor Partita's opening Allemande as an expansive aria, Kremer's headlong tempo, emphatic double-dotting and pronounced dynamic contrasts realise the music's French ouverture implications, making it easy to slip into the following Double movement unnoticed. Following a dazzling sprint through the Presto Double Kremer reduces the Sarabande and Double to a studied and rather precious whisper.

Kremer shapes the three sonatas' fugues in large, dramatic arcs, intensified by subtle tempo fluctuations. His unusually soft playing of the D minor Chaconne's most virtuoso passages convinces more than his dynamic exaggerations in bars 32-33. Similarly, the E major Partita's archly phrased Gavotte and Rondeau contrast with Kremer's imaginatively inflected, tough, driving dispatch of the Preludio. With Kremer's earlier solo Bach set unavailable, his equally controversial yet more evolved (and better engineered) remakes offer ample food for thought, if not quite a first choice.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Riga, Recording Studio (03/10/2002-03/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 29 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Lockenhaus, Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus (09/25/2001-09/29/2001)
  • Running Time: 26 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Riga, Recording Studio (03/10/2002-03/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 22 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Lockenhaus, Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus (09/25/2001-09/29/2001)
  • Running Time: 28 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Riga, Recording Studio (03/10/2002-03/15/2003)
  • Running Time: 19 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Performer: Gidon Kremer (Violin)
  • Notes: Lockenhaus, Pfarrkirche St. Nikolaus (09/25/2001-09/29/2001)
  • Running Time: 15 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720