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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas, Vol. 2

Hélène Schmitt

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Say what you will about scanty biographical material and uncertain personal links, it nevertheless seems entirely probable that Bach wrote at least some of his sonatas and partitas for violin solo after his first wife's death in 1720. In this second volume of Hélène Schmitt recordings of the works, her performance of the monumental A minor Sonata No. 2 is so passionate, so rhapsodic, and so expressive that the spirit of loss and grief fills the music like inconsolable tears. But, of course, while Schmitt is just as passionate, rhapsodic, and expressive in the joyous E major Partita and in the radiant C major Sonata, her playing makes it hard to credit that Bach wrote those works after his first wife's death. Schmitt performs on a period violin, and while she respects the historical traditions, she does so with the rhythmic and interpretive freedom of a romantic virtuoso, making her performances wilder and freer than any other period violinist. While not for the faint of heart, those who respond well to a challenge will find much to enjoy in Schmitt's performances, especially as captured in Alpha's "all but real" digital sound.
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Sonata per violino senza basso accompagnato No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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I. Grave
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Johann Sebastian Bach, Composer - Hélène Schmitt, MainArtist

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II. Fuga
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III. Andante
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IV. Allegro
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Partita per violino senza basso accompagnato No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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I. Preludio
00:04:40

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II. Loure
00:05:28

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III. Gavotte en rondeau
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IV. Menuet 1
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V. Menuet 2
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VI. Bourrée
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VII. Gigue
00:02:21

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Sonata per violino senza basso accompagnato No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005 (Johann Sebastian Bach)

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I. Adagio
00:04:16

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II. Fuga
00:12:10

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III. Largo
00:02:58

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IV. Allegro assai
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Say what you will about scanty biographical material and uncertain personal links, it nevertheless seems entirely probable that Bach wrote at least some of his sonatas and partitas for violin solo after his first wife's death in 1720. In this second volume of Hélène Schmitt recordings of the works, her performance of the monumental A minor Sonata No. 2 is so passionate, so rhapsodic, and so expressive that the spirit of loss and grief fills the music like inconsolable tears. But, of course, while Schmitt is just as passionate, rhapsodic, and expressive in the joyous E major Partita and in the radiant C major Sonata, her playing makes it hard to credit that Bach wrote those works after his first wife's death. Schmitt performs on a period violin, and while she respects the historical traditions, she does so with the rhythmic and interpretive freedom of a romantic virtuoso, making her performances wilder and freer than any other period violinist. While not for the faint of heart, those who respond well to a challenge will find much to enjoy in Schmitt's performances, especially as captured in Alpha's "all but real" digital sound.
© TiVo

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