J S Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin | Onyx ONYX4123

J S Bach - Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin


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Cat No: ONYX4123

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 30th October 2015



The story goes that, when I was about two years old, my mother found me humming a Bach melody that she had been practicing a few days earlier. My own memories of Bach begin from the time when I started to practice my first solo Sonata in G minor, when I was about seven years old. The piece had been assigned to me, as all repertoire was at that age, and I had no idea what to do with it. Over the years, I have come to realize that, in studying Bach, one’s learning never stops. To my thinking – and I’m sure most other violinists would agree – these sonatas and partitas for solo violin are monuments of the literature, for many reasons. Their study opens up and trains the ear for more precise and ever-deeper listening. One learns to understand the relationship between the various notes, in addition to just hearing the notes themselves. Indeed, I find that I have learned more from studying these Bach compositions than from any other music. It is an almost miraculous feeling that envelops me when I am fully engaged with these musical masterworks.

These works are larger than life – they stretch the artistic and technical responses that one can have toward a piece of music. Bach’s music is always “right” for any circumstance. I have been able to present these pieces anywhere: to play for refugees in an outdoor setting, in the intensive care units at hospitals, in great concert halls, in places of worship, for celebratory occasions or remembrances and in any corner of any country in which I have ever performed. Bach travels well. The music does not require any special equipment or conditions. It must simply be played and heard, and invariably, with every committed performance, listeners young or old manage to be as transported as is any beguiled performer.” - Midori (booklet notes)

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