Isabelle Faust - Kristian Bezuidenhout J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Isabelle Faust - Kristian Bezuidenhout

Released on January 12, 2018 by harmonia mundi

Main artist: Isabelle Faust

Genre: Classical > Chamber Music > Duets

Distinctions: 5 Sterne Fono Forum Klassik ( June 2018) - 5 étoiles de Classica ( March 2018)

Includes: 1 Digital booklet

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The six Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord BWV 1014-1019 (“obbligato” – compulsory – means the keyboard is fully scored, as opposed to basso continuo for which only the bass is scored, the rest being left to the discretion of the performer, who improvises) are some of these works that Bach kept revisiting and reworking. The oldest remaining source – from around 1725, through one of his nephews – already highlights the will to make these compositions evolve by refining them with successive adjustments. The work underwent another overhaul in Agricola’s manuscript, around 1741, while a copy made around 1750 by Altnickol reveals a third cycle status. An observation made by the musician’s second youngest son, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach – “He wrote these trios just before his end” – seems to have been interpreted as proof that Bach was still working on these sonatas in the last years of his life. This new recording by Isabelle Faust, a great specialist of baroque interpretation, and Christian Bezuidenhout on the harpsichord, discretely reveals the extraordinary richness of these works’ three-voice writing, that resembles the format of a trio sonata. © SM/Qobuz

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Album : 2 disks - 25 tracks Total length : 01:27:25

    DISC 1
    Sonata No. 1 in B Minor for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014 (Johann Sebastian Bach)
  1. 1 I. Adagio

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  2. 2 II. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  3. 3 III. Andante

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  4. 4 IV. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  5. Sonata No. 2 in A Major for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1015
  6. 5 I. [Largo]

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  7. 6 II. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  8. 7 III. Andante un poco

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  9. 8 IV. Presto

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  10. Sonata No. 3 in E Major for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1016
  11. 9 I. Adagio

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  12. 10 II. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  13. 11 III. Adagio ma non tanto

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  14. 12 IV. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  15. DISC 2
    Sonata No. 4 in C Minor for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1017
  16. 1 I. Largo

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  17. 2 II. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  18. 3 III. Adagio

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  19. 4 IV. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  20. Sonata No. 5 in F Minor for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1018
  21. 5 I. [Largo]

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  22. 6 II. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  23. 7 III. Adagio

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  24. 8 IV. Vivace

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  25. Sonata No. 6 in G Major for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1019
  26. 9 I. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  27. 10 II. Largo

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  28. 11 III. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  29. 12 IV. Adagio

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

  30. 13 V. Allegro

    Isabelle Faust, Violin (Jacobus Stainer, 1658) - Kristian Bezuidenhout, Harpsichord (John Phillips / 2008, after Heinrich Gräbner / 1722) - Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer Copyright : harmonia mundi harmonia mundi

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  • The six Sonatas for Violin and Obbligato Harpsichord BWV 1014-1019 (“obbligato” – compulsory – means the keyboard is fully scored, as opposed to basso continuo for which only the bass is scored, the rest being left to the discretion of the performer, who improvises) are some of these works that Bach kept revisiting and reworking. The oldest remaining source – from around 1725, through one of his nephews – already highlights the will to make these compositions evolve by refining them with successive adjustments. The work underwent another overhaul in Agricola’s manuscript, around 1741, while a copy made around 1750 by Altnickol reveals a third cycle status. An observation made by the musician’s second youngest son, Johann Christoph Friedrich Bach – “He wrote these trios just before his end” – seems to have been interpreted as proof that Bach was still working on these sonatas in the last years of his life. This new recording by Isabelle Faust, a great specialist of baroque interpretation, and Christian Bezuidenhout on the harpsichord, discretely reveals the extraordinary richness of these works’ three-voice writing, that resembles the format of a trio sonata. © SM/Qobuz

Details of original recording:

Recorded August 18-24, 2016, Teldex Studio Berlin

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