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JS Bach: Sonatas and Partitas Vol 1 and 2

Posted in Chamber music, Instrumental, Violin with tags , , , , on November 14, 2012 by orinococds

JS Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 1 | Isabelle Faust | Harmonia Mundi HMC902059 | $NZ 33

JS Bach: Sonatas & Partitas Vol. 2 | Isabelle Faust | Harmonia Mundi HMC902124 | $ NZ 3

“Isabelle Faust completes her recordings begun in 2010 of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. “These works are the daily bedrock of my approach to the entire violin literature,” says the Faust. Based on on a careful survey of the original manuscripts as well as a lifetime of study, these are exceptional performances.

 … here is perfect technique allied to a faultless sense of rhythm. … Faust points out in accompanying notes that a violinist can only imply the polyphany and harmony, leaving them to be mentally developed by the listener. She provides every clue for this utterly enjoyable task.

 … These are surely award-winning performances. Bach for today” – Peter Shaw, North and South magazine (NZ) 12 Nov, 2012

Previous reviews in UK press of Volume 1:

“Her serious dedication soars from her Stradivarius, a dark-toned beauty but capable of much silver light in its higher reaches…Faust’s wonderfully focused playing pulls you right inside the music, and magically makes you imagine the harmonies that Bach only implies.”The Times, 10th April 2010 ****

“Faust’s account of the music is gently voiced and eloquently inflected. Her lightly articulated bowing, which eschews anything in the nature of aggressive declamation, is a constant pleasure…a poetic player with an irresistably warm sound, a tightly controlled vibrato and an athletic technique.”BBC Music Magazine, May 2010 ****

“Isabelle Faust has made a special impression as a deep, thoughtful, unshowy player, and these qualities make her ideally suited to the great Bach solo works…her command of the big structures, especially the huge C major Fugue and D minor Chaconne, is superb.” The Observer, 27th June 2010