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Chamber Music - Released January 8, 2013 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles Classica - Exceptional Sound Productions - Hi-Res Audio
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Chamber Music - Released August 27, 2012 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - 4 étoiles Classica - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
Following up on the 2010 release of Volume I of J.S. Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin, which covered BWV 1004-1006, Isabelle Faust presents BWV 1001-1003 on the second volume, her 2012 release on Harmonia Mundi. For the first installment, she garnered critical acclaim and popular praise for her unstinting scholarship and unparalleled virtuosity, and the same applies to the long-awaited completion of the project. As in her previous performances, Faust uses the manuscript as her source and is careful to get all details right, while finding the proper balance between Bach's expression and her own. Faust plays a Stradivarius violin from 1704, nicknamed "Sleeping Beauty," and her tone is pure and radiant, despite some unavoidable but minimal scratchiness on double-stops, and she has a slight vibrato that she uses sparingly, almost as embellishment, in keeping with Baroque practice. The sonatas and partitas are virtuoso works where everything is exposed and a violinist's abilities are put to the ultimate test, not only in managing technical difficulties, but also in imagining the sounds, ornaments, textures, timbres, and nuances that Bach implies in his writng. Faust is one of the few artists to withstand the toughest scrutiny, and her set is highly recommended for her extraordinary fidelity to the music and true artistry.
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Concertos - Released February 6, 2012 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Diapason d'or - Gramophone Record of the Month - Diapason d'or / Arte - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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Trios - Released February 21, 2014 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Choc de Classica - Qobuzissime - Hi-Res Audio
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Violin Concertos - Released March 1, 2011 | harmonia mundi

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Violin Concertos - Released March 26, 2007 | Pan Classics

Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 9 de Répertoire
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Chamber Music - Released May 26, 2017 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - 4 étoiles Classica - 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik - Preis der deutschen Schallplattenkritik
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Duets - Released September 17, 2015 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 5 de Diapason - Choc de Classica
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Concertos - Released March 22, 2015 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions 4F de Télérama - 4 étoiles Classica
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Concertos - Released February 19, 2014 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released April 22, 2010 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released August 25, 2009 | harmonia mundi

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Violin Concertos - Released October 28, 2016 | harmonia mundi

Hi-Res Booklet Distinctions Gramophone Record of the Year - Gramophone Award
"Not another complete recording of Mozart's violin concertos!", some might complain, and in absolute terms they wouldn’t necessarily be wrong. Except that this complete edition is signed by star violinist Isabelle Faust, accompanied by Il Giardino Armonico (who plays on instruments from Mozart’s time, including natural horns, nine-key bassoons, six-key flutes, two-key oboes), and – last but not least – the cadenzas are signed by Andreas Staier, since Mozart has left us no cadenzas for his violin concertos (unlike several piano concertos, as well as his Sinfonia concertante for violin and viola). Far from playing the star, Isabelle Faust prefers to blend in with the whole orchestra, a kind of primus inter pares attitude quite refreshing in this repertoire which, in fact, does not require so much emphasis of the part of soloist – the sound engineering and balance itself favours an overall sound rather than an opposition between solo violin and orchestra. This is a new and very original interpretation, whatever the abundant discography of these works may already be. In addition to the five concertos, Faust plays the three single movements for violin and orchestra – two Rondos and one Adagio – which are actually "spare" movements for one or the other of the concertos written on request for soloists of that time. One wonders what Mozart would have written had he had Isabelle Faust by his side! © SM/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 31, 2008 | harmonia mundi

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Chamber Music - Released August 14, 2012 | Brilliant Classics

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