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Classical - Released March 15, 2019 | harmonia mundi

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After the double album of the Violin and Harpsichord Sonatas with Kristian Bezuidenhout, here is the next instalment in a Bach recording adventure that began nine years ago with a set of the Sonatas and Partitas. Isabelle Faust, Bernhard Forck and his partners at the Akademie für Alte Musik Berlin have explored a multitude of other works by Bach: harpsichord concertos, trio sonatas for organ, instrumental movements from sacred cantatas etc. All are revealed here as direct or indirect relatives of the three monumental Concertos BWV 1041-43. This fascinating achievement is a timely reminder that the master of The Well-Tempered Clavier was also a virtuoso violinist! © harmonia mundi
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Duets - Released March 29, 2019 | Erato

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On this record, Renaud Capuçon and David Fray decided to turn their back on the musicology-inspired understanding of baroque music. Enough of “the dictatorship of the historically informed.” They chose instead to play this music from the heart, just as the masters did in the previous century. Their choice is sincere in a field of numerous conflicts between schools of thoughts. Six sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord was composed by Bach when he was at the court of Coethen. It was especially admired by Carl Philipp Emanuel, the Cantor’s second son. As often happens, however, the autographed manuscript has disappeared and it is through series of copies that we know it today.  It was published for the first time in 1804, fifty years after Bach’s death. The six sonatas are written according to Corelli’s rules. They imagine a new type of dialogue in the chamber orchestra where keys are not in the background. The writing is precise, expressive, and rhythmical. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Alia Vox

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Johann Sebastian Bach’s Saint Mark Passion is part of the catalogue compiled by his son Carl Philip Emanuel. The piece was performed on March 23, 1731 in Saint-Thomas of Leipzig, two years after Saint Matthew. Though the performance is well-documented, the music has completely disappeared, with only a libretto by Picander from 1744 remaining. It is therefore the interpreter’s task to recreate the piece, using older compositions. This is what Jordi Savall managed to do in the “pasticcio” manner used by Bach himself when he composed such masterpieces as Christmas Oratorio de Noël and Mass in B Minor. The process is tricky because even though it relies on a precise musicological study, the result remains just a hypothesis. This recording is not the first attempt, and others have tried before with varying efficiency and authenticity. What we know for sure is that Bach wanted his Saint Mark to sound different, with less choir and more choral, which was familiar to the audience. In his work, Jordi Savall used the 1744 libretto. He found inspiration in Funeral Ode, Saint John’s Passion, and Matthew, as well as in a few cantatas. Jordi Savall offers a new light and an original “recomposition” of the piece. © François Hudry/Qobuz
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Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Passacaille

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Violin Solos - Released October 5, 2018 | Decca Music Group Ltd.

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A student of the last student of Ysaÿe, American violinist Hilary Hahn has played Bach's solo violin music since she was nine, and inaugurated her recording career seven years later with a recording of half the cycle of six, in 1997. That recording rightly won acclaim with its flawless technique and Apollonian lines straight out of the best of the French violin school. Uniquely, she has returned to complete the set 21 years later, and the results are marvelous. It's sometimes hard to pin down the ways in which Hahn's style has changed, but it has to do with a kind of inner relaxation, with a willingness to let the meter vary a bit and pick it up again in the longer line. The flawless tone is still there, but it's not so much an end in itself. It's not an accident that some of the graphics picture Hahn smiling, nor that her quite relevant notes to the album detail the long creative process that went into making it. Sample anywhere, but you could try the very beginning, the first movement of the Sonata for solo violin No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, where Hahn takes just a bit of time, draws you in, and lets the rest of the movement flow from there. Decca's engineers do excellent work in a Bard College auditorium that one might not have picked as a venue for this. A superb release from one of the preeminent violinists of our time.
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Classical - Released October 12, 2018 | ECM New Series

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Classical - Released February 22, 2019 | Sony Classical

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World - Released March 15, 2019 | Naive

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Classical - Released March 1, 2019 | BIS

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Classical - Released March 8, 2019 | Challenge Classics

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Classical - Released March 1, 2019 | BR-Klassik

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Classical - Released May 3, 2019 | BIS

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Classical - Released March 29, 2019 | Warner Classics

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Classical - Released April 12, 2019 | deutsche harmonia mundi

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Violin Solos - Released April 19, 2019 | Channel Classics Records

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Classical - Released April 5, 2019 | Challenge Classics

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Classical - Released February 15, 2019 | Claves Records

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Classical - Released May 3, 2019 | Warner Classics