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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin / Yehudi Menuhin


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Références Catalog #: 67197   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

There could hardly be a better memento of the young Yehudi Menuhin than this set of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas, recorded in Paris between 1934 and 1936, at which time the prodigy had not yet reached his twentieth birthday. It was not only a remarkable achievement for such a young musician, but the first complete recording ever made of the six works which constitute the pinnacle of solo violin writing. Menuhin's playing is very straightforward, energetic and uplifting without a hint of romantic sentimentality, while possessing his characteristic sweetness of tone and gift for the tempo giusto.
The performances are also relatively mistake-free, especially considering the difficult span of the movements that had to be recorded in single
Read more takes in the days before edits were possible. Once again available on EMI References, this box set celebrates both the artist and the music with equal joy. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/19/1935 
Venue:  Albert Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 16 Minutes 31 Secs. 
2. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 12/19/1935 
Venue:  Albert Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 29 Minutes 45 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/03/1936 
Venue:  Albert Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 21 Minutes 14 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/19/1934 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 23 Minutes 13 Secs. 
5. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/25/1934 
Venue:  Paris, France 
Length: 28 Minutes 58 Secs. 
6. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 02/03/1936 
Venue:  Albert Studio, Paris, France 
Length: 18 Minutes 30 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001 (1999 Digital Remaster): Adagio
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001 (1999 Digital Remaster): Fuga (Allegro)
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001 (1999 Digital Remaster): Siciliano
Sonata No.1 in G minor BWV 1001 (1999 Digital Remaster): Presto
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Allemanda -
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Double
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Corrente -
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Double (Presto)
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Sarabanda
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Double
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Tempo di borea -
Partita No.1 in B minor BWV 1002 (1999 Digital Remaster): Double
Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV 1003 (1999 Digital Remaster): Grave
Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV 1003 (1999 Digital Remaster): Fuga
Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV 1003 (1999 Digital Remaster): Andante
Sonata No.2 in A minor BWV 1003 (1999 Digital Remaster): Allegro
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1999 Digital Remaster): Allemanda
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1999 Digital Remaster): Corrente
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1999 Digital Remaster): Sarabanda
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1999 Digital Remaster): Giga
Partita No. 2 in D minor BWV 1004 (1999 Digital Remaster): Ciaccona
Sonata No.3 in C BWV 1005 (1999 Digital Remaster): I. Adagio
Sonata No.3 in C BWV 1005 (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Fuga
Sonata No.3 in C BWV 1005 (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Largo
Sonata No.3 in C BWV 1005 (1999 Digital Remaster): IV. Allegro assai
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Preludio
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Loure
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Gavotte en Rondeau
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Menuett 1
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Menuett II
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Bourrée
Partita No.3 in E BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): Gigue

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