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Bach: Violin Sonatas / Menuhin, Landowska, Kentner


Release Date: 01/11/2000 
Label:  Emi Classics Special Import Catalog #: 67203   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi MenuhinLouis KentnerWanda Landowska
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Mono 
Length: 2 Hours 7 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach's famous Sonatas for Violin and Keyboard need no introduction other than to say that they are considered to be the pinnacle of sonata writing in the Baroque era. This two-disc set presents all six sonatas performed by the legendary Yehudi Menuhin and Louis Kentner, recorded in 1951. There is a bonus track of Menuhin playing the Sonata No. 3 with Wanda Landowksa on harpsichord in 1944.
Menuhin was in the first flush of his mature style in 1951, and his trademark noble tone never fails him. Kentner is always a supportive and tasteful partner, always following the ebbs and flows of the violinist's tempos, and rising and falling appropriately with the music. Slow movements are delicate and warm, and both musicians handle the faster
Read more sections with elegance and flair. Menuhin always said that Bach's music should be played "with a spirit of reverence," and he is certainly true to his word here. Recording with Landowska, he was very respectful of what she had to say (after all, she was at the time the leader of the Baroque performance revival). He dutifully follows her phrasing and articulation, really taking off in the third movement. Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 34 Secs. 
2. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 15 Minutes 11 Secs. 
3. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio no 3, London 
Length: 19 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 16 Minutes 46 Secs. 
5. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Louis Kentner (Piano), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 21 Minutes 6 Secs. 
6. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Yehudi Menuhin (Violin), Louis Kentner (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1951 
Venue:  EMI Abbey Road Studio No. 3, London 
Length: 17 Minutes 57 Secs. 
7. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wanda Landowska (Harpsichord), Yehudi Menuhin (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 1944 
Notes: Bonus track 

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