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

Prices shown exclude VAT. (UK tax is not payable for deliveries to United States.)
See Terms & Conditions for p&p rates.

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

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


Pavel Šporcl (violin)

Recorded in the Church of the Evangelical Church of Czech Brethren in Prague – Vinohrady, April 16–18, May 20–22, and June 15–17 , 2015. Just like mountain climbers who striving to conquer the summits of high mountains, musicians also need challenges. The next summit that Pavel Šporcl has chosen to attempt is one that figuratively reaches to the heavens.

Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo have already put the technique and musicianship of quite a few violinists to the test. Violin compositions without a basso continuo accompaniment were in general rather unusual, and these works in particular, with their many layers of musical content, place great demands on the performer, who must achieve both technical mastery and a mental grasp of several parallel lines all at once – the melody, the chordal accompaniment, and often even thematic material assigned to inner voices. The beautiful Ciaccona bringing the second Partita to a conclusion is among the most demanding works in the violin literature in terms of its length and its intricacy. Further increasing the already considerable challenge for the performer is the awareness that the first performer of these works was Bach himself. We will never get to hear Bach play these works, but Pavel Šporcl’s interpretations will certainly be worthy of repeated listening for their technically refinement and stylistically purity, while also offering something personal and unique. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas – the loveliest of challenges for Pavel Šporcl.

“Pavel Šporcl is a 'modernist', playing a ten-year-old, highly decorated blue violin, at high pitch. There's no doubt of his dexterity and spirit when fast movements demand: his perpetuum mobile in the presto finale of Sonata No. 1 is hypnotic…[he is] less convincing in slower, more pensive movements…[but] the hugely taxing 11-minute Ciaconna ending the third Partita [is] a high point, full of expressive detail while retaining the ongoing musical thread” BBC Music Magazine, March 2016 ****

Supraphon - SU41862

(CD - 2 discs)

$20.50

(also available to download from $20.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

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

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


Midori (violin)

“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

“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” BBC Music 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.” Gramophone Magazine, February 2016

Onyx - ONYX4123

(CD - 2 discs)

$22.00

(Sorry, download not available in your country)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days.

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

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


Wanchi Huang (violin)

Centaur - CRC3419-20

Download only from $20.00

Available now to download.

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

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

Itzhak Perlman Vol. 41


Warner Classics Perlman Complete Warner Recordings - 2564612981

(CD - 2 discs)

$13.00

(also available to download from $10.00)

Usually despatched in 3 - 4 working days. (Available now to download.)

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

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


Paolo Ghidoni (violin)

OnClassical - OC125BrM

Download only from $20.00

Available now to download.

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

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

Transcribed for guitar by Eliot Fisk


Eliot Fisk (guitar)

“I consider Eliot Fisk as one of the most brilliant, intelligent and gifted young musical artists of our times, not only amongst guitarists but in all the general field of instrumentalists. His clear and flexible technique, his noble style of interpreting the beauty of the classic compositions as well as the colourful music of today, put him at the top line of our artistic world.” Andrés Segovia

Guitarist Eliot Fisk is known worldwide as a charismatic performer famed for his adventurous and virtuosic repertoire. He is also celebrated for his willingness to take art music into unusual venues (including schools, senior centres,logging camps and prisons). After 45 years before the public he remains as his mentor Andres Segovia once wrote, “at the top line of our artistic world.”

"I am delighted that Nimbus Records is re-releasing my recording of the Bach 6 Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. Indeed there is no end to these works. They are like the Himalayan Mountain chain: they were here before us; they will be here long after we are gone and forgotten. Clearly ideas about such monumental works must change over a lifetime. Undoubtedly I would today do many things differently than they are here recorded. Yet I still embrace what is presented here and hope my listeners will do likewise." Eliot Fisk March 2015

Nimbus - NI2581

(CD - 2 discs)

$15.75

Usually despatched in 4 - 5 working days.

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

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


Gil Shaham (violin)

Read Presto's complete review of this disc here.

J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are considered by many as the pinnacle of musical achievement, arguably the composer’s most demanding and emotionally penetrating works. After living with, reading about, listening to and playing these seminal works for over 30 years Gil Shaham offers a fresh and vital new perspective on these works, undertaken in 2014 as part of his Artist-in-Residence with Symphonieorchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk.

Bach is a composer who has influenced every generation of composer and musician. Here Shaham’s insight and bold originality speaks to his willingness to take interpretative risks, while his innate musicianship and warmth – what Musical America calls his “special kind of humanism” – ensures that his performances bring out the partitas’ dancing rhythms along with their soul. ‘I find the music an amazing spiritual experience. There’s something very uplifting about this music’, says Shaham.

These works have been part of Shaham’s concert programmes for over 10 years and for this recording he has decided on a ‘more Baroque set-up’ opting for a Baroque bridge, Baroque bow and 3 of 4 strings being gut.

When asked what effect this set-up has on his interpretation Gil indicated that ‘it changes every stroke, but it doesn’t really change general ideas of interpretation. You can do everything with both sets of bow and bridge, although some things are easier with the modern bow, some with the Baroque one. The “small softness” (coined by Leopold Mozart) is easier with the Baroque bow.’

The tempos Gil Shaham has settled on in this recording are also quite different from what one might expect. Shaham takes inspiration from other works by Bach, as he explains; ‘if you compare the French minuet from Partita No.3, with say the minuet from a French suite, or even the famous ‘Anna Magdalena’ minuet I found myself asking myself wouldn’t it work better at the same tempo as the others? The Baroque bow is lighter and is easier to play faster.’ The deluxe package comes complete with Shaham’s insightful views on these works in discussion with former Strad Magazine editor Ariane Todes.

Gil Shaham remains second to none in the masterworks of the mainstream violin repertoire, and here offers a recording of bold originality in what is one the most unforgiving of old-school challenges: that of playing solo Bach.

“Shaham opts for a more Baroque set-up with its distinctive timbre and lighter bow strokes, which wouldn't matter much if the musical approach wasn't so thoughtful, but it is. Shaham likes the way Bach's dance music swings with the slightly faster tempos...Musically I have been finding a lot to enjoy and admire in these performances.” CD Review, 21st March 2015

“Right from the opening notes the listener is thrown...Shaham has taken up Baroque-style bow and gut strings, but this is no typical period style. Long years of playing Bach’s six great solo works for violin have led Shaham to a personal and free way of playing, as if he is improvising.” Financial Times, 14th March 2015 ****

“Shaham’s playing is so clean, clear and precise, and the thought behind everything he plays so unassailable, that to listen to it is to feel safe with music …it is impossible to listen to it without having a positive artistic experience.” Gramophone Magazine, March 2015

“his tempi are surprising in some cases – often on the fast side of what I'm used to...It's all too easy to adopt a reverent playing style when tackling cornerstones of Bach's output, and the sense of fun can sometimes be a casualty of this. Shaham's great achievement in these works is to put the dance back into the music.” David Smith, Presto Classical, 9th March 2015

“The result sounds experimental, yet inquisitive, sometimes risky, and occasionally odd in the choice of ornamentation; but never is it routine, or worse, facile. The greatest surprise are the three fugues: Shaham charges through their interweaving poliphony, making them a thrilling experience. And the monumental Ciaconna is not imbued with false pathos, but appears as a vigorously building improvisation.” Süddeutsche Zeitung, 24th March 2015

“Tempi are fast – easier to negotiate on a lighter, baroque bow – and vibrato, though audible, is more restrained. He brings out inner voices vividly, though the ornamentation may be too fussy for some. The mighty Chaconne sounds almost too robust, but his sense of structure is never in doubt.” The Observer, 19th April 2015 ****

Presto Disc of the Week

9th March 2015

Presto Discs of 2015

Finalist

Canary Classics - CC14

(CD - 2 discs)

$24.75

(also available to download from $20.00)

Usually despatched in 2 - 3 working days. (Available now to download.)

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

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


Mariko Senju (violin)

Universal Classics Japan - 0656717

(Sorry, download not available in your country)

Bach: Complete Edition, Vol. 1/10

Bach: Complete Edition, Vol. 1/10


Bach, J S:

Brandenburg Concertos Nos. 1-6 BWV1046-1051 (complete)

Musica Amphion, Pieter-Jan Belder

Orchestral Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV1066-1069

Musica Amphion, Virtuosi Saxoniae, Pieter-Jan Belder, Ludwig Guttler

Violin Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1042

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Henk Rubingh

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Henk Rubingh

Violin Concerto in G minor, BWV1056

Thomas Zehetmair (violin)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Henk Rubingh

Concerto for Two Violins in D minor, BWV1043

Karl Suske (violin)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists, Henk Rubingh

Keyboard Concerto No. 1 in D minor, BWV1052

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Keyboard Concerto No. 2 in E major, BWV1053

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Keyboard Concerto No. 3 in D major, BWV1054

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Keyboard Concerto No. 4 in A major, BWV1055

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Keyboard Concerto No. 5 in F minor, BWV1056

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Keyboard Concerto No. 6 in F major, BWV1057

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Keyboard Concerto No. 7 in G minor, BWV1058

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1060

Christine Schornsheim (piano)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Concerto for Four Keyboards in A minor (after Vivaldi), BWV1065

Christine Schornsheim (harpsichord), Armin Thalheim (harpsichord), Mechthild Stark (harpsichord), Violetta Liebsch (harpsichord)

New Bach Collegium Musicum Leipzig, Burkhard Glaetzner

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C major, BWV1061

Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord), Menno Van Delft (harpsichord)

Musica Amphion

Concerto for Two Keyboards in C minor, BWV1062

Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord), Siebe Henstra (harpsichord)

Musica Amphion

Concerto for Three Keyboards in D minor, BWV1063

Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord), Siebe Henstra (harpsichord), Menno Van Delft (harpsichord)

Musica Amphion

Concerto for Three Keyboards in C major, BWV1064

Pieter-Jan Belder (harpsichord), Siebe Henstra (harpsichord)

Musica Amphion

Concerto for Flute, Violin & Harpsichord in A minor, BWV1044

Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Krijn Koetsveld

Oboe d'amore Concerto in A major, BWV1055

Rob Visser (oboe d'amore)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists

Concerto for 3 violins, strings & continuo in D major (reconstruction), BWV 1064R

Rainer Kussmaul (violin), Thomas Hengelbrock (violin), Henk Rubingh (violin)

Amsterdam Bach Soloists

Sonatas & Partitas for solo violin, BWV1001-1006

Kristof Barati (violin)

Cello Suites Nos. 1-6, BWV1007-1012

Jaap ter Linden (cello)

Flute Sonata No. 5 in E minor, BWV1034

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Flute Sonata No. 3 in A major, BWV1032

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV1013

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Flute Sonata No. 6 in E major, BWV1035

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Flute Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV1030

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039

Jed Wentz (flute), Marion Moonen (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1038

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Musical Offering, BWV1079

Jed Wentz (flute), Michael Borgstede (harpsichord)

Lute Suites Nos. 1-4, BWV995-997 & 1006a

Mario D'Agosto (lute)

Prelude, Fugue & Allegro for Lute in E flat major, BWV998

Mario D'Agosto (lute)

Prelude for Lute in C minor, BWV999

Mario D'Agosto (lute)

Fugue in G minor for lute, BWV1000

Mario D'Agosto (lute)

Viola da Gamba Sonatas Nos. 1-3, BWV1027-1029

Patxi Montero (viola da gamba), Daniele Boccaccio (harpsichord)

Musical Offering, BWV1079

Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Krijn Koetsveld

Canons BWV1072-1078

Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Krijn Koetsveld

Canon in two voices, BWV deest

Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Krijn Koetsveld

Goldberg Canons, BWV1087

Netherlands Bach Ensemble, Krijn Koetsveld


Brilliant Classics - 4250644886577

Download only from $10.00

Available now to download.

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

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


American-born violinist and conductor Yehudi Menuhin spent most of his career in the United Kingdom, becoming a British citizen in 1985. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest soloists of the 20th century, and his performances of the works of J.S. Bach are particularly revered. These classic recordings on this 2-CD set of the composer’s Sonatas and Partitas, BWV 1001- 1006, were made in 1957.

Documents - 233547

(Sorry, download not available in your country)

Page: 

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12

 Next >>

Copyright © 2002-17 Presto Classical Limited, all rights reserved.