J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV 1001-1003 / Isabelle Faust, violin

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
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Isabelle Faust has gone back to the original manuscript sources to offer us her personal vision of these iconic masterpieces of the violin repertoire. In Bach's time, music for solo instruments was still little explored territory, and his Sonatas and Partitas immediately established themselves as a benchmark, technically challenging and brimming with creativity. On the second and final volume of the set, Faust plays the "Sleeping Beauty" Stradivarius of 1704, kindly loaned to her by the L-Bank Baden-Württemberg.

BBC Music Magazine
A poetic player with an irresistably warm sound, a tightly controlled vibrato and an athletic technique.

BBC Music Magazine, November 2012
In some of the most challenging violin music ever written, she displays masterly technique...Despite some daring tempos, Faust retains a totally secure pulse through all the technical contortions. She places admirable faith in Bach's fair copy of the score...[and] in alluringly sensitive in gentler movement.

Sunday Times, August 2012
Certainly her break-neck tempi for the Corrente and Doubles of the Partita owe more to so-called "authentic" practitioners, but her spectrum of colours and expression - digging into her G-string for maximum intensity - harks back to the virtuoso tradition...She brings them vividly to life here, sounding as if they were fresh off the page.

The Guardian, August 2012
As you would expect from this most immaculate and intelligent of today's violinists, the performances are very well prepared...Yet there is still a wonderful security and confidence about her approach, a flexibility in her phrasing, and a remarkable control of dynamic and colour.

The Strad, November/December 2012
Unbeatable playing in the conclusion to a benchmark Bach project.

American Record Guide, January/February 2013
She approaches the rest of the set is similar manner. These aren't bad readings, but I just expect more emotional involvement in this magnificent music. Lara St John plays this music with tremendous passion and singular intelligence (Jan/Feb 2008), and Alina Ibragimova finds a strange, crystalline beauty in it.

Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
She creates a feeling that, although there is a deep musiucal understanding behind her performance in which she has quiet confidence, there is no overarching ego trying to make the intricate counterpoint bend to her will.

International Record Review, November 2012
Faust's playing of these extraordinary pieces of surpassing musical interest and lyrical content sits comfortably at the uppermost echelons of the league table ... Faust is at her heart a poetic player with a warm sound, a tightly controlled vibrato and an athletic technique ... A rewardingly stimulating release, beautifully recorded.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
  • Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
  • Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 23 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
  • Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720