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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas / Sergey Khachatryan

Bach,J.s. / Khachatryan
Release Date: 04/20/2010 
Label:  Naive   Catalog #: 5181   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergey Khachatryan
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Sergey Khachatryan's unaccompanied Bach is decidedly "old school" in its tapered phrasings and dynamics, with an emphasis on nuance and tone color rather than linear shape. You immediately glean this from the subito pianos, tenutos, and oozing legatos of the C major sonata Fugue. Yet if this particular style of Bach playing holds appeal, then Khachatryan's attractive, sweetly singing timbre and generally spot-on choice of tempos will satisfy on their own terms, to say nothing of the violinist's brisk yet relaxed delivery in fast, virtuosic movements like the G minor sonata's Presto, the B minor partita's second Double, and the E major partita's opening Prelude. However, for an ideal fusion of tonal allure and contrapuntal cogency, Read more James Ehnes remains first choice, notably in the fugues and the stronger architectural unity that distinguishes his pacing of the great D minor Chaconne. Excellent annotations and sound.

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

Featured Sound Samples

Sonata for Violin solo no 1: I. Adagio
Partita for Violin solo no 1: III. Corrente

Sound Samples

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: II. Fugue: Allegro
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double. Presto
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabanda
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Bourree
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemande
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: II. Courante
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: III. Sarabande
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: IV. Gigue
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: V. Ciaccona
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: I. Adagio
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: II. Fugue
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: III. Largo
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro assai
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: I. Preludio
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: II. Loure
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en rondeau
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet I
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: V. Menuet II
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: VI. Bourree
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006: VII. Gigue

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