|Album:||Six Sonatas & Partitas For Solo Violin (James Ehnes, Violin), The||Collection:||Classical|
|Artist:||Bach, Johann Sebastian||Added:||Sep 2019|
|Add Date:||2019-09-21||Pull Date:||2019-11-23||Charts:||Classical/Experimental|
|Week Ending:||Nov 24||Nov 17|
|1.||Nov 18, 2019:||Mixed Up Class
III. Gavotte en rondeau, from Partita no. 3 in E, BWV 1006
|2.||Nov 13, 2019:||Goggles Optional
Cd !: Sonata No. 1 In G Minor. 1 Adagio (5:10)
Sonata No. 1. Adagio – a broad, richly ornamented melody. Fuga/Allegro – chordal, with a brilliant coda. Siciliana – dialogue between the low G string and 3 upper strings. Presto – brilliant.
Partita No. 1. Each dance mvmt consists of 2 halves: a statement and a “double” (variation). Allemanda – strong dotted rhythm and heavy chords; Double – smooth, sinuous embellishment of the basic harmonies. Courante – widely arched melody; Double – rapid 16th notes. Sarabande – slow, dignified mvmt with a beautiful melody; Double – dissolves the harmonies into a single line. Bourrée – jaunty dance is one of Bach’s most popular mvmts, with heavy chords punctuated by light, graceful staccato notes.
Sonata No. 2. Grave – broad melody, highly embroidered. Fuga – exhilarating, rich use of double-stops (playing two notes at once) and chords; Andante – beautiful melody supported by continuous bass accompaniment. Allegro – broken chords alternate between forte and piano.
Partita No. 2. Allemanda – Arched melody with harmonic support. Corrente – triplets contrast with dotted rhythms. Sarabanda – a beautifully shaped melody supported by sonorous chords. Giga – sprightly, buoyant. Chaconne – 29 beautiful, immensely creative variations.
Sonata No. 3. Adagio – austere, mysterious, with a passionate climax. Fuga – grand and difficult; “the episodes are marvels of violinistic inventiveness”. Largo – pleasing. Allegro assai – virtuoso display of dexterity.
Partita No. 3. The most extroverted and joyous of all six works. Preludio – marvelous display of violin virtuosity. Loure – dance, all double stops. Gavotte en Rondeau – merry. One of Bach’s most popular mvmts. Menuet I and Menuet II. The 1st is outgoing, the 2nd subdued. Bourrée – decisive, with accents on weak beats. Gigue – elegant and cheerful.