Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin

Julia Fischer

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Bach, an infinite stream of music

No doubt many of you are wondering whether I should be recording Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas at the age of only 21. Perhaps I should have waited a bit longer? Well, patience has seldom been my strong point, and after all I have already waited a number of years for an opportunity to record these works. During the first six years of study with my teacher Ana Chumachenco, I studied the sonatas and partitas thoroughly, and first performed both cycles in their entirety in the Bach year 2000, during the course of two evenings at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Ever since that intensive “Bach month”, in which I concentrated purely on the music of this composer, I have felt the urgent need to hold on to the sonatas and partitas by means of a recording. This musical experience led me to overcome my many years of aversion to studio recordings. Thus, I decided at the time already to reserve my first solo CD for the music of Bach.

Tracklist

1.
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Adagio
04:45
2.
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Fuga (Allegro)
06:02
3.
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Siciliana
03:03
4.
Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Presto
03:43
5.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Allemanda
06:29
6.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double
02:54
7.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Corrente
02:59
8.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double (Presto)
03:33
9.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Sarabande
04:16
10.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double
03:15
11.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Tempo di Borea
03:56
12.
Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double
03:48
13.
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Grave
04:54
14.
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Fuga
08:14
15.
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Andante
05:32
16.
Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Allegro
05:31
17.
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Allemande
04:44
18.
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Corrente
02:32
19.
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Sarabanda
04:57
20.
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Giga
04:05
21.
Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Ciaccona
15:53
22.
Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Adagio
05:20
23.
Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Fuga
10:40
24.
Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Largo
03:57
25.
Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Allegro assai
04:53
26.
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Preludio
03:29
27.
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Loure
05:06
28.
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Gavotte en Rondeau
03:11
29.
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Menuets I - II
03:56
30.
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Bourrée
01:24
31.
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Gigue
01:47

Total time: 02:28:48

Additional information

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Original Recording Format

Cables

Van den Hul

Digital Converters

EMM Labs Meitner DSD AD Converter

Composers

Microphones

Preamps: Custom built by Polyhmnia, outputs directly to Meitner DSD AD ConverterMicrophones: Schoeps MK2, DPA 4006 & DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics

Producer

Job Maarse

Recording Engineer

Jean-Marie Geijsen

Recording location

Doopsgezinde Singelkerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands

Recording Type & Bit Rate

DSD64

Recording Software

Merging

Speakers

Monitor Loudspeakers: B&W Nautilus

SKU

PTC5186072

Release Date December 12, 2015
SKU PTC5186072

Press reviews

SA-CD.net

Among the young violin virtuosos, Julia Fisher appears to me to be one of the outstanding exponents of her generation. And this disc proves it amply.

Very few violinists of any time would risk a recording such complex works so early in their careers. But here, the gamble pays off. Great playing, no question about impeccable technique, gorgeous tone, and generous phrasing: requisites indispensable for these J.S. Bach works. The pieces sound like new discoveries, such is the spontaneity of the playing.

And the recording is superb. Good ambiance, excellent and detailed violin tone, a most complex instrument to record. A winner. 5 Stars for Performance, Stereo and Multichannel Sonics.

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