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Bach: Sonatas And Partitas Bwv 1001-1006 / Hopkinson Smith


Release Date: 04/11/2000 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 8678   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin work rather well on the guitar or lute, as Paul Galbraith's recent guitar versions for Delos have demonstrated. The advantages include easy chord playing, with a consequent clarification of some of Bach's implied harmonies (especially if you fill them out a little here and there), greater contrapuntal (or linear) clarity in the fugues, and a sharper rhythmic attack. On the other hand, the violin has two huge advantages over the lute or guitar: sustaining power and dynamic range. These six works contain a lot of slow music, as well as some very florid melodies that no plucked instrument sustains with any degree of comfort, and that includes the amazing D minor Chaconne, a movement that cries out Read more for the sustained intensity and dynamic gradations that only the violin offers. But if you want to hear this music played this way, then Hopkinson Smith's gotta be your guy. I frankly prefer the succulent, rich, and liquid sounds he draws from his 11-course lute to Galbraith's guitar, and my only reservation concerns the recorded sound, which as usual in guitar or lute solos, picks up too much extraneous performance noise: fingers sliding over strings, body parts rubbing against each other, gasping and groaning--that sort of thing. Then again, solo violin recordings don't often do much better. All in all, of its type, this is a very fine effort. Oh yeah, someone should tell Hopkinson Smith to smile. He's on the cover, and he looks miserable. [5/16/2000]

--David Hurwitz, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Hopkinson Smith (Lute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

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