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.
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EMM Labs Meitner DSD AD Converter
Preamps: Custom built by Polyhmnia, outputs directly to Meitner DSD AD ConverterMicrophones: Schoeps MK2, DPA 4006 & DPA 4011 with Polyhymnia microphone buffer electronics
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Doopsgezinde Singelkerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Monitor Loudspeakers: B&W Nautilus
|Release Date||December 16, 2015|
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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