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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas

David Grimal

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Violinist David Grimal has recorded Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin three times. In the interview-format booklet (it is apparently a self-interview), he says that in his first recording, "I was totally reckless, in the surge of youth." This reading isn't exactly reckless, but when it comes to tempo rubato in the dance movements, Grimal still goes farther out onto the edge than most other violinists. Sample the opening Allemande of the Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002. The great Chaconne in the Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, he has good control over the long line, aided by a Baroque bow that enables agility in the complex double- and triple-stopping. He also uses pure gut strings, which have a rich, attractive sheen. The pitch, owing to a detail in the construction of Grimal's 1710 Stradivarius, is a'=440 hz, not a lower Baroque pitch. Perhaps the best way of looking at this reading is that it deftly combines traits from the historical performance movement with those from the golden-age violin tradition. A major attraction is the sound from La Dolce Volta, recorded fairly close-up in an idiomatic abbey space that respects the music's intimate dimensions. Amid a flood of new recordings of these pieces, Grimal's manages distinctive qualities.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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1
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
00:03:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

2
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga. Allegro
00:05:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

3
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
00:02:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

4
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
00:03:44

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

5
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemande
00:05:07

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

6
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
00:03:01

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

7
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Courante
00:02:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

8
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double
00:03:56

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

9
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
00:03:17

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

10
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
00:02:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

11
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Bourrée
00:03:23

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

12
Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
00:03:19

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

13
I. Grave
00:04:03

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

14
II. Fuga
00:07:30

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

15
III. Andante
00:04:52

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

16
IV. Allegro
00:04:18

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

DISC 2

1
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemande
00:04:35

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

2
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: II. Courante
00:02:48

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

3
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: III. Sarabande
00:03:55

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

4
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Gigue
00:04:21

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

5
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne
00:13:20

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

6
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: I. Adagio
00:03:34

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

7
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: II. Fuga (Alla breve)
00:10:10

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

8
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: III. Largo
00:03:06

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

9
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro assai
00:03:43

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

10
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Preludio
00:03:37

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

11
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: II. Loure
00:03:49

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

12
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en Rondeau
00:02:53

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

13
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuet I
00:01:46

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

14
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: V. Menuet II
00:02:33

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

15
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: VI. Bourée
00:01:41

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

16
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006: VII. Gigue
00:02:05

Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - David Grimal, Violin, MainArtist

2023 La Dolce Volta 2023 La Prima Volta

Album review

Violinist David Grimal has recorded Bach's sonatas and partitas for solo violin three times. In the interview-format booklet (it is apparently a self-interview), he says that in his first recording, "I was totally reckless, in the surge of youth." This reading isn't exactly reckless, but when it comes to tempo rubato in the dance movements, Grimal still goes farther out onto the edge than most other violinists. Sample the opening Allemande of the Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002. The great Chaconne in the Partita No. 2, BWV 1004, he has good control over the long line, aided by a Baroque bow that enables agility in the complex double- and triple-stopping. He also uses pure gut strings, which have a rich, attractive sheen. The pitch, owing to a detail in the construction of Grimal's 1710 Stradivarius, is a'=440 hz, not a lower Baroque pitch. Perhaps the best way of looking at this reading is that it deftly combines traits from the historical performance movement with those from the golden-age violin tradition. A major attraction is the sound from La Dolce Volta, recorded fairly close-up in an idiomatic abbey space that respects the music's intimate dimensions. Amid a flood of new recordings of these pieces, Grimal's manages distinctive qualities.
© James Manheim /TiVo

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