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

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

Label:

Onyx

Catalogue No:

ONYX4040

Discs:

2

Release date:

30th March 2009

Barcode:

0880040404026

Length:

2 hours 11 minutes

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“To hear Mullova play Bach is, simply, one of the greatest things you can experience”, wrote the London Guardian.

ONYX now proudly announces Viktoria Mullova’s first COMPLETE recording of the Bach Sonatas & Partitas.

For Philips in the early 90s Viktoria recorded the 3 Partitas on a modern violin but has never recorded the Sonatas, and in the meantime her interpretations have been transformed by her studies in Baroque practice and her subsequent performances with masters such as Gardiner, Dantone, Harnoncourt, Antonini and il Giardino Armonico.

Mullova’s fifth release on ONYX: previous releases including Bach Sonatas with Dantone (ONYX4020) and Vivaldi Concertos with Giardino Armonico (ONYX4001)

2CDs for the price of 1.5. Deluxe digipak format with booklet containing article by Viktoria herself explaining her long and still-evolving journey working on Bach

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

I. Adagio

II. Fuga: Allegro

III. Siciliana

IV. Presto

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

I. Allemanda

II. Double

III. Corrente

IV. Double: Presto

V. Sarabande

VI. Double

VII. Tempo di Borea

VIII. Double

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

I. Grave

II. Fuga

III. Andante

IV. Allegro

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

I. Allemanda

II. Corrente

III. Sarabanda

IV. Giga

V. Ciaconna

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

I. Adagio

II. Fuga

III. Largo

IV. Allegro assai

Johann Sebastian Bach: Partita No. 3 in E Major, Bwv 1006

I. Preludio

II. Loure

III. Gavotte En Rondeau

IV. Menuet I

V. Menuet II

VI. Bourrée

VII. Gigue

BBC Music Magazine

May 2009

****

“In this recording Viktoria Mullova presents virtually flawless playing but, of greater importance, she sustains an impeccably punctuated, modulated and compelling dialogue through Bach's counterpoint with seemingly effortless intimacy and charm.”

Gramophone Magazine

May 2009

“These are outstanding performances… Mullova brings together several ideal qualities for a Bach player. Firstly, there's a secure sense of style… Then there's her superior, virtuoso's technique, producing beautifully precise tuning and, in the fugal movements finely controlled, varied and euphonious playing of the most densely polyphonic passages. To this we can add her deep musical understanding; by means of subtle emphasis and natural dynamic contrasts, she draws our attention to the beauty of Bach's harmonic progressions and to the balance and grandeur of his designs.”

The Guardian

15th May 2009

****

“Mullova's sense of an ongoing musical line is immaculate and totally unselfconscious, the authority of her performances is never in doubt.”

The Telegraph

7th April 2009

*****

“This set of Bach's six solo Sonatas and Partitas BWV1001-6 represents the first fruits of Mullova's full adoption of period tools of the trade alongside her assimilation of an apposite style of playing. And what remarkable discs they are. This is wonderfully fluent, absorbingly imaginative playing.”

The Observer

5th April 2009

“The virtuosity is stunning; the complex fugues in the C major and A minor sonatas are perfectly lucid, and the great D minor chaconne rises to an electrifying mid-point climax.”

Gramophone Classical Music Guide

2010

“Viktoria Mullova plays a gut-strung Guadagnini (in modern set-up) at low pitch, using a Baroque-style bow, so it's with the period instrument Bach recordings that Mullova can be most usefully compared.
These are outstanding performances, however, whatever category they belong to. Mullova brings together several ideal qualities for a Bach player. Firstly, there's a secure sense of style, apparent equally in the rhythm and character of each of the Partitas' dances, and in the ornamented introductory movements of the first two Sonatas. Then there's her superior, virtuoso's technique, producing beautifully precise tuning and, in the fugal movements, finely controlled, varied and euphonious playing of the most densely polyphonic passages. To this we can add her deep musical understanding; by means of subtle emphasis and natural dynamic contrasts, she draws our attention to the beauty of Bach's harmonic progressions and to the balance and grandeur of his designs. Even on the few occasions where Mullova isn't entirely convincing the poise and sheer quality of the playing remains extremely persuasive.
There have been many fine recent recordings of these works, but this one is definitely not to be missed.”

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