J S Bach - Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
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Cat No: CKD433
Number of Discs: 2
Release Date: 18th May 2015
ArtistsLucy Russell (violin)
John Butt (harpsichord)
Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt OBE and distinguished violinist Lucy Russell deliver a personal and historically informed performance on J S Bach: Sonatas for violin and harpsichord. The interpretations benefit from Butt and Russell’s combined cumulative experience gained over a lifetime of study, together with an evident rapport honed during their work with Dunedin Consort.
Russell’s performance explores the colours and emotions present in the music as well as highlighting Bach’s good humour and quirkiness. The duo relish the energetic dialogue and astonishingly diverse moods and characters present in Bach’s music: from the supremely expressive violin ‘voice’ at the opening of the first sonata to the playful rhythmic tricks in the last movement of Sonata No.4.
Bach’s fiendishly complex fugal writing and typically delicious chromaticism is in evidence throughout these hugely enjoyable works.
Butt’s informative booklets notes highlight the historical significance of these sonatas, in which Bach introduces many of the fundamental features of an essentially new genre.
Perhaps best known as director of Dunedin Consort, John Butt has won two Gramophone Awards: the ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for Handel: Messiah and the ‘Choral’ Award for Mozart: Requiem.
Lucy Russell is among the most distinguished of international violinists who have achieved eminence on both historical instruments and their ‘modern’ counterparts. In 1995 Russell became leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet, with whom she has performed all over Europe, North America, the Middle East and South Africa.
"...[Butt’s] account of Bach... is illuminating and thought provoking." - BBC Music
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