Partners in Time – From Bach to Bartók


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Partners in Time – From Bach to Bartók



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2nd March 2009




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Partners in Time – From Bach to Bartók

Bach, J S:

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 3 in E major, BWV1016


Romanian Folk Dances, Sz.56 (arr. Székely for violin & piano)


Praeludium and Allegro (in the style of Pugnani)


Violin Sonata No. 17 in C major, K296


Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: Mélodie in E flat major

Tasmin Little (violin) & John Lenehan (piano)



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“I have nothing but praise for Tasmin Little's acutely judged sonority as well as the actual beauty of her tone.” Gramophone

The internationally renowned violinist, Tasmin Little, was recently awarded the prestigious 2008 Classic FM / Gramophone Award for Audience Innovation in recognition of the overwhelming success of ‘The Naked Violin’ – the world’s first free classical CD download. Spurred on by the success of this pioneering recording she has created a further imaginative CD concept ‘Partners in Time’ with the pianist John Lenehan. ‘Partners in Time’ looks at the music written for violin and piano throughout history and reveals the way in which different composers wrote for this partnership. The recording features works by Kreisler, Bach, Mozart, Grieg, Tchaikovsky and Bartók in a varied recital programme that has the feeling of a live concert.

This new release is the first in a series of recordings for BIS which will form a sustained programme of audience development for the violin’s superb and varied repertoire.

As with ‘The Naked Violin’, listeners will have the opportunity to experience the different timbres of the two beautiful and historic instruments Little plays: the “Regent” Stradivarius of 1708, on loan from the Royal Academy of Music, and her own instrument, a 1757 Guadagnini.

“Little's sincerity made for a gripping performance, her playing well-controlled yet touched with a hint of abandon…” The Strad

Fritz Kreisler: Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani

Praeludium and Allegro in the style of Pugnani

Johann Sebastian Bach: Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Harpsichord in E major, BWV 1016

I. Adagio

II. Allegro

III. Adagio ma non tanto

IV. Allegro

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart: Violin Sonata No. 17 in C major, K. 296

I. Allegro vivace

II. Andante sostenuto

III. Rondo: Allegro

Edvard Grieg: Violin Sonata No. 2 in G major, Op. 13

I. Lento doloroso - Allegro vivace

II. Allegretto tranquillo

III. Allegro animato

Pyotr Il'yich Tchaikovsky: Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42

Souvenir d'un lieu cher, Op. 42: No. 3. Melodie

Bela Bartok: 6 Romanian Folk Dances, BB 68 (arr. violin and piano)

No. 1. Jocul cu bata (Stick Dance)

No. 2. Braul (Sash Dance)

No. 3. Pe loc (In One Place)

No. 4. Buciumeana (Horn Dance)

No. 5. Poarga Romaneasca (Romanian Polka)

No. 6. Maruntel (Fast Dance)

BBC Music Magazine

April 2009


“Little and Lenehan play with captivating warmth and joie de vivre throughout. …a richly enjoyable recital that deserves every success.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2009

“Little uses two different violins: a Guadagnini and a Stradivarius. They both sound marvellous; but… it is the calibre of the playing itself that creates beauty of timbre.”

The Telegraph

4th March 2009

“Variety is the keyword here. Little's directness is at times heightened by the bright recorded sound, but her passionate spirit is winning and the collaboration with John Lenehan companionable.”

The Times

28th March 2009


“Her Bach and Mozart sonatas are immaculately correct.”

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