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.
Faust andRead 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.
Mannered and muddled violinMarch 25, 2018By 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