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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30th Oct 2015




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

Midori (violin)

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“The story goes that, when I was about two years old, my mother found me humming a Bach melody that she had been practicing a few days earlier. My own memories of Bach begin from the time when I started to practice my first solo Sonata in G minor, when I was about seven years old. The piece had been assigned to me, as all repertoire was at that age, and I had no idea what to do with it. Over the years, I have come to realize that, in studying Bach, one’s learning never stops. To my thinking – and I’m sure most other violinists would agree – these sonatas and partitas for solo violin are monuments of the literature, for many reasons. Their study opens up and trains the ear for more precise and ever-deeper listening. One learns to understand the relationship between the various notes, in addition to just hearing the notes themselves. Indeed, I find that I have learned more from studying these Bach compositions than from any other music. It is an almost miraculous feeling that envelops me when I am fully engaged with these musical masterworks.

These works are larger than life – they stretch the artistic and technical responses that one can have toward a piece of music. Bach’s music is always “right” for any circumstance. I have been able to present these pieces anywhere: to play for refugees in an outdoor setting, in the intensive care units at hospitals, in great concert halls, in places of worship, for celebratory occasions or remembrances and in any corner of any country in which I have ever performed. Bach travels well. The music does not require any special equipment or conditions. It must simply be played and heard, and invariably, with every committed performance, listeners young or old manage to be as transported as is any beguiled performer.” Taken from Midori’s booklet notes

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

I. Adagio

II. Fuga - Allegro

III. Siciliana

IV. Presto

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

I. Allemanda

II. Double

III. Courante

IV. Double - Presto

V. Sarabande

VI. Double

VII. Tempo di Bouree

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. Allemanda

II. Courante

III. Sarabande

IV. Gigue

V. Chaconne

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

I. Adagio

II. Fuga

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. Menuett l/ll

V. Bourree

VI. Gigue

BBC Music Magazine

February 2016


“The Japanese violinist Midori offers a conservative performance avoiding anything which would be construed as controversial. Her tempos are moderate, her vibrato well controlled and her intonation secure…the D minor Partita, with its great Chaconne, and the C major Sonata stand out for the lightly articulated and playful character of their dance movements”

Gramophone Magazine

February 2016

“Thomas Sanderling’s unhurried, solicitous conducting pays handsome long-term dividends … The recording finds an effective balance between voices and instruments, and moments of stage-shifting noise and the occasional audible prompt are only minimally distracting.”

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