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Bach: Violin Sonatas Vol 2 / Ehnes, Loiselle, Beauséjour


Release Date: 04/18/2006 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 29830   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  James EhnesLuc BeauséjourBenoit Loiselle
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Praising these performers' first volume of Bach's violin and harpsichord sonatas, I observed their highly attuned sensitivity and attention to detail on every level, and how violinist James Ehnes brilliantly achieved an organic synthesis of period-instrument conventions with the virtues of modern violin technique. I also spoke of harpsichordist Luc Beauséjour's effective and supportive registrations. All of these positive qualities were enhanced by Analekta's drop-dead gorgeous engineering. These words hold true for Volume 2, whose release completes a cycle that now takes its rightful place as a version of reference.


The performances abound with beauty, intelligence, and
Read more expressivity. Take, for example, the F minor sonata's Adagio. The violin part mainly consists of slow-moving chords, surrounded by faster-moving harpsichord lines that alternate between hands. Many violinists pay no attention to the chords' underlying melody, yet Ehnes not only brings it out but also makes it come alive in a vibrant dialogue with the harpsichord. Because the musicians resist the temptation to push Sonata No. 6's opening Allegro into overdrive, the music's inherent swing gains welcome breathing room on the proverbial dance floor. The Largo of the G major sonata with continuo particularly exemplifies Ehnes' ravishing (but never cloying) tone and his ability to control it with equal aplomb in all registers. I should not let cellist Benoît Loiselle's strong presence in the continuo sonatas go unnoticed, nor Guy Richards' scholarly and succinct annotations. This cycle, along with the Sonatas and Partitas, ensures James Ehnes' standing as one of the great Bach violinists of our time, or any time for that matter. [4/27/2006]
--Jed Distler, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  James Ehnes (Violin), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Benoit Loiselle (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 16 Minutes 55 Secs. 
Notes: Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (12/15/2005 - 12/17/2005) 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), James Ehnes (Violin), Benoit Loiselle (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 16 Minutes 22 Secs. 
Notes: Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (12/15/2005 - 12/17/2005) 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), James Ehnes (Violin), Benoit Loiselle (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 16 Minutes 12 Secs. 
Notes: Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (12/15/2005 - 12/17/2005) 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in E minor, BWV 1023 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Benoit Loiselle (Cello), James Ehnes (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Weimar, Germany 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 11 Minutes 3 Secs. 
Notes: Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (12/15/2005 - 12/17/2005)
Composition written: Weimar, Germany (1714 - 1717). 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in G major, BWV 1021 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), James Ehnes (Violin), Benoit Loiselle (Cello)
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada 
Length: 8 Minutes 16 Secs. 
Notes: Françoys-Bernier Hall, Quebec, Canada (12/15/2005 - 12/17/2005) 

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