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

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

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


Mark Kaplan (violin)

Mark Kaplan is one of the leading violinists of his generation. Kaplan has been soloist with the New York and Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestras, the Cleveland and Philadelphia Orchestras, the Chicago and National Symphony Orchestras, and the symphony orchestras of St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Baltimore, Minnesota, Cincinnati and Indianapolis. He has collaborated with many of the world's foremost conductors, among them Ormandy, Tennstedt, Maazel, Ashkenazi, Dutoit, Bychkov, Conlon, Ivan Fischer, Foster, Gatti, Masur, Rattle, Robertson, Salonen, Semkov, Skrowaczewski, Slatkin and Zinman Since 2005, Mark Kaplan has been Professor of Violin at Indiana University’s Jacobs School of Music, and prior to that he served as Professor with Distinction at UCLA. He is a graduate of the Juilliard School, where he was a student of Dorothy DeLay and recipient of the Fritz Kreisler Memorial Scholarship. Mark Kaplan plays a violin made by Antonio Stradivari in 1685, known as the Marquis. This recording is Kaplan's second studio traversal of the Sonatas and Partitas.

“Kaplan brings out the expressive beauty of the piece while at the same time drawing our attention to its architectural splendour.” Early Music Today, December 2016 *****

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

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Celebrated Baroque violinist Pavlo Beznosiuk gives a seemingly effortless performance of one of the most technically and intellectually challenging works in the solo violin repertory.

Drawing on his wealth of knowledge and virtuosic prowess Beznosiuk gives an intimate and thoughtful reading full of passion and vitality that is highly attuned to Bach’s intentions.

The sonatas and partitas show off every aspect of violin technique; Beznosiuk delivers a masterclass in making the impossible sound, not only possible, but also musically compelling.

Beznosiuk’s performance of the famous Chaconne in D minor, widely regarded as one of Bach’s greatest contributions, is a highlight.

Performing on a period violin with authentic gut stringing, Beznosiuk has succeeded in creating a modern benchmark recording of this compositional masterpiece.

Originally released in 2011, J.S. Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin has been re-issued as part of Linn’s ECHO series; a second chance to enjoy the best of the label’s award-winning catalogue.

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

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Markku Luolajan-Mikkola (baroque cello)

With two Gramophone Awards to his name and a reputation synonymous with excellence, Markku Luolajan-Mikkola is a musician who is at the top of his profession.

With an established fan base built over his two decades with viol consort Phantasm, Luolajan-Mikkola makes his solo Linn debut in style, tackling what is considered the pinnacle of Bach’s output for violinists: the Sonatas and Partitas.

Transcribing these hugely popular works for cello, especially one in Baroque set-up, was not without its risks, although performing on Baroque cello also offers compelling advantages.

Luolajan-Mikkola takes his interpretative cue from the set-up of the Baroque instrument, which informs such issues as tuning, vibrato, fingering and articulation.

Performing the Sonatas and Partitas on the cello is so challenging that it is almost impossible to imagine a cellist of Bach’s day playing them, but Luolajan-Mikkola rises to the challenge with aplomb.

Luolajan-Mikkola’s main aim in this recording has been to capture emotion and convey expression according to the respective key and character of each movement, which he achieves in spades.

“Luolajan-Mikkola is nothing if not resolute, and he seems to embrace the struggle as an expressive end in itself. His staunch approach to articulation is tricky to love, but the payoff comes in the slow movements: Sarabandes sung low and husky, unadorned, flawed and beautiful.” The Guardian, 25th February 2016 ***

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James Stern (violin)

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

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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 ****

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

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