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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 1

Audio Samples

>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
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002

Album Summary

>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
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
Performer Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Isabelle Faust has gone back to the original manuscript sources to offer us her versions 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. The Financial Times writes, "Faust is fast making her name as the Bach violinist of our time... The musicianship is so selfless and sylph-like that you can't help glorying in Bach's artless invention and inspiration. Outstanding."

"All three are tremendously difficult both technically and expressively, but starting with the D minor Partita with its celebrated Chaconne was particularly audacious. Faust rises to the challenge with an utterly devastating account of the work. Playing with only a dab of vibrato but a boatload of virtuosity, she overcomes every technical hurdle in this surpassingly difficult work. She saves the best for last, and her Chaconne is stunningly powerful, as well as amazingly nuanced and profoundly moving... There have been other great recordings of these works, but Faust's surely belongs among the best. Harmonia Mundi's sound is close but not overly intimate." -All Music Guide

"Her playing is modeled after the period performance practice crowd's, so vibrato is almost completely banished, and bow strokes are cut short, as they would have been in Bach's time owing to the use of bows much shorter than the modern type. This forces her to articulate more and shape her phrases with much more varied dynamics...and that gives the music much more life. These are good performances"-American Record Guide

bbc.co.uk - Andrew McGregor
[Faust's] sound is deliciously straight with little or no vibrato, and bowed with such sensitivity to Bach's phrasing that you could almost kid yourself at times that she's using a baroque bow. But a couple of features are especially telling: her instinct for ornamentation in the repeats, and the sense of cumulative musicianship

The Observer
Isabelle Faust has made a special impression as a deep, thoughtful, unshowy player, and these qualities make her ideally suited to the great Bach solo works...her command of the big structures, especially the huge C major Fugue and D minor Chaconne, is superb.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Teldex Studio Berlin (09/2009).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
  • Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 27 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005
  • Performer: Isabelle Faust (Violin)
  • Running Time: 21 min. 28 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: 12 min. 38 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720