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Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord / Faust, Bezuidenhout


Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi   Catalog #: 902256  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Isabelle FaustKristian Bezuidenhout
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Bach’s six violin sonatas are remarkable not only because of their musical richness, but also due to their innovative scoring. Based on the Baroque trio sonata form, they transcend its conventions, representing a prototype for the violin-piano sonata form of the Classical and Romantic periods. These sonatas collectively explore the many possibilities of what was then a unique instrumental combination. They present a nuanced and vibrant dialog between the performers – attributes that are conveyed perfectly by the stellar combination of violinist Isabelle Faust and harpsichordist Kristian Bezuidenhout.

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REVIEW:

Faust and
Read more Bezuidenhout played these sonatas a lot in concert before taking them into the studio and it shows – both in the detail and the trust that allows for real risk-taking. Can I find fault with this set? No, I cannot. It’s an eloquent and beautifully recorded homage to the composer and demands to be in the collection of all Bach lovers post-haste.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Isabelle Faust (Violin), Kristian Bezuidenhout (Fortepiano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 

Customer Reviews

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 Mannered and muddled violin March 25, 2018 By Richard Bohn See All My Reviews "To my ear, the violinist Faust plays in a rigid and inflexible version of what has become the "historical" Baroque style. The playing is so archly mannered that that the music itself becomes very hard to follow. Bach's lines are lost in an invariable plaintive wail. Soft passages mush together. Worse, every piece is played exactly the same way, no matter what the character and spirit of the music. This interpretation is almost a caricature of of Baroque style. Suitable only for a Baroque costume party." Report Abuse
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