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Bach: The Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo

Gidon Kremer

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Never one to shy away from challenges, Gidon Kremer often confronts them in his recordings of new or unusual music, yet his expression is often under the cover of novelty, or shared with other players. In this 2005 recording of Bach's sonatas and partitas for violin solo, however, the challenges are all internal, as Kremer faces the music nakedly and directly, without recourse to cohorts, gimmicks, clever arrangements, or anything other than the notes on the page. This is, of course, the greatest challenge any musician faces in playing Bach's solo works, and Kremer's interaction with the music is certainly exposed, if not always to the listener's delight. Kremer's tone and expression are chimerical, unpredictable, and sometimes rawly emphasized, and it is sometimes hard to tell if he has deliberately marked out all his dynamics and bowings -- as if parsing all those running sixteenth notes into motives and cells -- or if he has merely left such decisions to the moment's inspiration and spontaneously poured himself out in wave after wave of short, hiccuping phrases and exaggerated gestures. It takes something of an analytical mind to appreciate the finely worked details and studied nuances in his performances; otherwise, listeners who like smoother interpretations will feel its bumpy ride all the way and find his playing more annoying than appealing. ECM's sound quality is topnotch.
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Sonata for Violin Solo No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Adagio (BWV 1001)
00:04:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
2. Fuga (Allegro)
00:04:50

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
3. Siciliana
00:03:04

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
4. Presto
00:03:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

5
1a. Allemanda
00:04:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

6
1b. Double
00:02:14

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
2a. Corrente
00:03:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
2b. Double
00:03:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
3a. Sarabande
00:03:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

10
3b. Double
00:03:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

11
4a. Tempo di Borea
00:03:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

12
4b. Double
00:03:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Sonata for Violin Solo No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
1. Grave
00:04:27

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

14
2. Fuga (BWV 1003)
00:07:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

15
3. Andante
00:05:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

16
4. Allegro
00:05:16

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

DISC 2

Partita for Violin Solo No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

1
1. Allemande
00:04:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

2
2. Corrente
00:02:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

3
3. Sarabande
00:03:29

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

4
4. Giga
00:04:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

5
5. Ciaccona
00:14:00

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Sonata for Violin Solo No. 3 in C, BWV 1005 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

6
1. Adagio (BWV 1005)
00:03:22

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

7
2. Fuga (BWV 1005)
00:09:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

8
3. Largo
00:02:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

9
4. Allegro assai
00:04:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Vilnis Kaksis, Asst. Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Partita for Violin Solo No. 3 in E, BWV 1006 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

10
1. Preludio
00:03:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

11
2. Loure
00:03:45

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

12
3. Gavotte en Rondeau
00:02:57

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

13
4a. Minuet I
00:01:38

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

14
4b. Minuet II
00:02:26

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

15
5. Bourrée
00:01:15

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

16
6. Gigue
00:01:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Gidon Kremer, Violin, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gudrun Maurer, Editor - Manfred Eicher, Producer, Executive Producer - Helmut A. Muehle, Producer, Recording Producer - Niels Foelster, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2005 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Universal Music Classics & Jazz - a division of Universal Music GmbH

Album Description

Never one to shy away from challenges, Gidon Kremer often confronts them in his recordings of new or unusual music, yet his expression is often under the cover of novelty, or shared with other players. In this 2005 recording of Bach's sonatas and partitas for violin solo, however, the challenges are all internal, as Kremer faces the music nakedly and directly, without recourse to cohorts, gimmicks, clever arrangements, or anything other than the notes on the page. This is, of course, the greatest challenge any musician faces in playing Bach's solo works, and Kremer's interaction with the music is certainly exposed, if not always to the listener's delight. Kremer's tone and expression are chimerical, unpredictable, and sometimes rawly emphasized, and it is sometimes hard to tell if he has deliberately marked out all his dynamics and bowings -- as if parsing all those running sixteenth notes into motives and cells -- or if he has merely left such decisions to the moment's inspiration and spontaneously poured himself out in wave after wave of short, hiccuping phrases and exaggerated gestures. It takes something of an analytical mind to appreciate the finely worked details and studied nuances in his performances; otherwise, listeners who like smoother interpretations will feel its bumpy ride all the way and find his playing more annoying than appealing. ECM's sound quality is topnotch.
© TiVo

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