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Bach: Partitas For Solo Violin / Timo Korhonen

Bach,J.s. / Korhonen
Release Date: 06/29/2010 
Label:  Ondine   Catalog #: 1164-2  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Timo Korhonen
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Finnish guitarist Timo Korhonen has already released his own arrangements of Bach’s solo violin sonatas. Now he turns his attention to the partitas and gives fascinating interpretations of these bottomless works. Any guitarist transcribing Bach has to contend with the spirit of Segovia but Korhonen manages convincingly to carve his own path in this music, even if he doesn’t quite shake off the shade of the Spanish master.

Naturally he exploits the full range of the guitar’s powers and so can do things that a violinist cannot, such as arpeggiating many of the broken chords, lending the music a very different feel: the opening Allemanda of the first partita sounds positively Spanish, for example. However some movements
Read more definitely work better than others. Generally I found the faster movements more convincing than the slow ones: the slow opening of the second partita sounds languid and droopy, though the faster Corrente which follows works a lot better. The same is true for the slow-fast pair that follow. The extra harmonies lent by a guitar are exploited in the quicker elements and take us pretty far from the world of the unaccompanied violin. There is a lovely carefree element to the famous opening of the third partita, for example, the “held” notes spinning a lovely web around the music and creating an effect that is impossible with the violin. The same trick works beautifully in the Menuets. The great Chaconne from the second partita comes across very well, the interplay of the various lines being more easily delineated with the guitar; consequently the listener has a fuller sense of the astonishing counterpoint.

So this is certainly worth exploring if you’re willing to try the partitas on a guitar, though it seems rather profligate to spill the project over onto two discs for the sake of an extra three minutes! Most retailers seem to be selling the set as two-for-the-price-of-one, however, so don’t let this put you off.

-- Simon Thompson, MusicWeb International Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Timo Korhonen (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Timo Korhonen (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Timo Korhonen (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): I. Allemanda
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): II. Double
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): III. Corrente
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): IV. Double: Presto
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): V. Sarabande
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): VI. Double
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): VII. Tempo di Borea
Violin Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): VIII. Double
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): I. Allemanda
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): II. Corrente
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): III. Sarabanda
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): IV. Giga
Violin Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): V. Ciaccona
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): I. Preludio
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): II. Loure
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): III. Gavotte en Rondeau
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): IV. Menuet I – V. Menuet II
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): VI. Bourree
Violin Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 (arr. T. Korhonen for guitar): VII. Gigue

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