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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas / Josef Suk


Release Date: 02/15/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Double Fforte Catalog #: 73644   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Josef Suk
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 10 Mins. 

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This CD is reissued by ArkivMusic.

Notes and Editorial Reviews

Recent reissues featuring violinist Josef Suk have helped edge this musician back into his well-deserved limelight. Purity of tone and sobriety of interpretive outlook characterize Suk's 1970 EMI recordings of Bach's solo sonatas and partitas. Compared to Grumiaux's burgundy-hued sonority, Milstein's broad brush strokes, Shumsky's impeccable intonation, or Szigeti's raw-nerve intensity, Suk's virtues don't leap out at you. Part of this is due to the violinist's undemonstrative surface style, with its very spare vibrato and conservative tempos. At first hearing, for instance, you might miss the winged propulsion Heifetz brings to the fugues and the quicker movements. Yet Suk's steady deliberation allows Bach's difficult-to-voice polyphony to Read more come through with organic clarity and momentum. Likewise, Suk avoids rubato extremes and agogic affectations. He creates tension and release through subtleties of dynamic shading and accentuation, while his phrasing blooms with harmonic awareness. Every once in a while a note misses its intonation mark, but it matters little in playing of this stature. It's good to have these performances domestically available for the first time and the sonics convey warmth and presence.

--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com
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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:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 36 Secs. 
2. Partita for Violin solo no 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 22 Minutes 42 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin solo no 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 17 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin solo no 3 in C major, BWV 1005 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 24 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5. Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 27 Minutes 10 Secs. 
6. Partita for Violin solo no 3 in E major, BWV 1006 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Josef Suk (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 09/1970 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studios, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 4 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): Sarabande
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): Courante
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): I. Preludio
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): II. Loure
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): III. Gavotte en rondeau
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): IV. Menuets I & II
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): V. Bourrée
Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 (1999 Digital Remaster): VI. Gigue

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