Bach: Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord Nos. 1-6 (2CD)

Harmonia Mundi
Current Stock:
Isabelle Faust, Kristian Bezuidenhout

Trio writing enabled Baroque composers to test their ability to synthesise counterpoint, melody and harmony –a compositional ideal never so perfectly achieved as by Bach in these rare Sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord, which he constantly revised throughout his life.

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -

"Isabelle Faust has never cultivated the whale-boned red-carpet glamour that many female soloists feel obliged to pursue. On stage and off, the German violinist's manner is relaxed, her style understated. She sports a gamine, Jeanne d'Arc crop and, save for the tell-tale violinist's love-bite just below her jaw, you might guess her to be an architect or an academic. In a way, she is both, for an appreciation of musical structure and an interest in historical research are integral to her work.

The stillness of focus and purity of sound that has distinguished her playing can be heard in a repertoire stretching from Beethoven and Schubert through to Hartmann and Ligeti, on modern and period strings. Where other violinists dazzle, Faust is a thinker. On the subject of her own individual sound, she is hesitant: "Of course, I'm trying to be me in whatever repertoire I'm playing, and I do think that my work is different from that of other violinists – but actually I'm never really trying to keep to this idea of an individual sound. It's always my goal to get a different interpretation and also a different kind of voice particular to the voice of the composer." Anna Picard - The Guardian

- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -


Complete Sonatas for cembalo obbligato and violin


Sonata I BWV 1014 in B minor
1. I. Adagio
2. II. Allegro
3. III. Andante
4. IV. Allegro

Sonata II BWV 1015 in A major
5. I. [Largo]
6. II. Allegro
7. III. Andante un poco
8. IV. Presto

Sonata III BWV 1016 in E major
9. I. Adagio
10. II. Allegro
11. III. Adagio ma non tanto
12. IV. Allegro


Sonata IV BWV 1017 in C minor
1. I. Largo
2. II. Allegro
3. III. Adagio
4. IV. Allegro

Sonata V BWV 1018 in F minor
5. I. [Largo]
6. II. Allegro
7. III. Adagio
8. IV. Vivace

Sonata VI BWV 1019 in G major
9. I. Allegro
10. II. Largo
11. III. Allegro
12. IV. Adagio
13. V. Allegro