Fascinating performers and audiences alike with their architectural perfection as well as their emotional range, these are works that lend themselves to very different interpretations, and on this recording it is the Bach of Finnish violinist Jaakko Kuusisto we hear. Himself a composer – as well as violinist and conductor – Kuusisto remembers beginning to study individual movements from the set at the age of ten. The music has been with him ever since, and to him ‘no other works for the violin provide a higher challenge or greater beauty’.
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SACD1 1–4. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 5–12. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 13–16. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
SACD2 1–5. Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 6–9. Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 10–15. Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006