Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006


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Critics' Disc of the Year - December 2010



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4th Oct 2010




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Bach, J S: Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Sergey Khachatryan (violin)

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On this 2-CD set the outstanding young Armenian violinist Sergey Khachatryan brings his youthful insights to bear in a vibrant new recording of what is undoubtedly the most important collection of pieces for solo violin in musical history, J S Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas.

J.S Bach wrote the Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin in 1720, midway through his tenure as Capellmeister at the court of Prince Leopold in Cöthen. Whilst with these works Bach paid homage to a well-established Austrian-German tradition of polyphonic solo violin music, the Sonatas and Partitas go far beyond the compositions of his predecessors in their harmonic language The six works are cast in the two principal forms of the Italian trio sonata as codified by Arcangelo Corelli.

Sergey Khachatryan was born in 1985 in Yerevan, Armenia. In December 2000, when only 15, he won the Eighth International Jean Sibelius competition, and in 2005 he claimed First Prize at the prestigious Queen Elisabeth Competition in Brussels. He has performed as soloist with most of the great orchestras of the world, including the Berlin Philharmonic, the LSO, the New York Philharmonic, and the Royal Concertgebouw, Amsterdam, under the direction of conductors such as Valery Gergiev, Bernard Haitink, Gustavo Dudamel and Gianandrea Noseda. Sergey and his sister Lusine Khachatryan are regular performers at the Wigmore Hall in London, Carnegie Hall in New York, and the Théâtre des Champs Élysées in Paris amongst others. His previous recordings for Naïve include critically acclaimed performances of the Sibelius Violin Concerto (V4959), both of Shostakovich’s Concertos (V5025), and the Violin Sonatas of Franck and Shostakovich, with his sister Lusine on the piano (V5122).

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

I. Adagio

II. Fugue: Allegro

III. Siciliana

IV. Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002

I. Allemanda

II. Double

III. Corrente

IV. Double. Presto

V. Sarabanda

VI. Double

VII. Tempo di Bourree

VIII. Double

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

I. Grave

II. Fuga

III. Andante

IV. Allegro

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004

I. Allemande

II. Courante

III. Sarabande

IV. Gigue

V. Ciaccona

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005

I. Adagio

II. Fugue

III. Largo

IV. Allegro assai

Johann Sebastian Bach: Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006

I. Preludio

II. Loure

III. Gavotte en rondeau

IV. Menuet I

V. Menuet II

VI. Bourree

VII. Gigue

The Telegraph

19th November 2010


“the young Armenian takes the palm for vigour and intensity. The Ciaconna that closes the second partita builds to a searing climax and the phrasing everywhere is immaculate.”

2nd November 2010

“Silvery, bright and pure, he gives a youthful air to a deeply expressive interpretation that feels knowing beyond his years. Everything about his performance is to be savoured. Phrasing and dynamics play Bach's multi-layering effects to the full...All in all, a quite wonderful listen.”

New York Times

26th November 2010

“This young violinist avoids the lean, fleet-fingered approach to Baroque music now in vogue, favoring an unabashedly Romantic and passionate take on Bach...his interpretations are vividly rendered, detailed and potently expressive.”

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