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Bach: Sonatas And Partitas / Gregory Fulkerson


Release Date: 10/24/2000 
Label:  Bridge   Catalog #: 9101   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 24 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Gregory Fulkerson may not be the biggest name in the violin business, but he sure plays like it. Here's one set of Sonatas and Partitas that positively revels in the music's virtuoso challenges, and comparisons to those classic sets by Grumiaux and Milstein come immediately to mind. In his very useful and intelligent notes, Fulkerson acknowledges the contributions of the period instrument movement to his understanding of the music, but fortunately there's nothing at all pedantic or self-conscious about his approach. The "big movements", such as the great D minor chaconne or the C major suite's enormous fugue, strike the right balance between bigness of scale and forward impetus, and his
Read more intonation never wavers for a moment. The dance movements (check out the first Partita's Corrente and its presto Double) have an infectious rhythmic lilt, and Fulkerson clearly knows how to make his instrument sing Bach's long-limbed lyrical melodies, as in the second sonata's Andante, or the Third's Largo.


The recording places the instrument well back from the microphone, and achieves a remarkably realistic, room-filling impression. It also allows Fulkerson to display his full dynamic range, from a whispered pianissimo to a grandly powerful forte. At two discs for the price of one, this set easily takes its place among the elite versions of these musical monuments to the expressive qualities of the violin.
--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, Oregon 
Length: 15 Minutes 51 Secs. 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, Oregon 
Length: 29 Minutes 26 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, Oregon 
Length: 23 Minutes 11 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1998 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, Oregon 
Length: 25 Minutes 18 Secs. 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, Oregon 
Length: 31 Minutes 22 Secs. 
6.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Gregory Fulkerson (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 01/1995 
Venue:  Mastersound, Astoria, Oregon 
Length: 19 Minutes 47 Secs. 

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