Bach, Bartok, Boulez - Works for Solo Violin
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Cat No: ACC30405
Number of Discs: 1
Release Date: 13th January 2017
WorksSonata for solo violin no.3 in C major, BWV1005
Sonata for solo violin, Sz117 BB124
ArtistsMichael Barenboim (violin)
J.S. Bach’s Sonata for solo violin No.3 demands the most artistic and finest technical skills of a violinist, yet its ever present melody and musical simplicity create an unmatched beauty. Béla Bartók’s Sonata Sz.117 was clearly inspired by Bach’s works for solo violin. Bartók demands just as much if not more of the violinist and carried Bach’s ideas into the music of the 20th century to create a work full of contrasts but with a unique and poetic aura. In his Anthèmes, Pierre Boulez explores the boundaries of a violin’s playability. The abstractness of Anthèmes 1 is surpassed in Anthèmes 2 where Boulez adds live electronic elements to the piece, which he helped to develop at the IRCAM studios in Paris. These two pieces create an entirely new world of sound that serves as the musical parenthesis of this exceptional recording.
Both versions get high-voltage performances from Barenboim, and his accounts of Bartók’s immense and immensely difficult Sonata and the third of Bach’s solo sonatas that come between them have the same crackling intensity. Andrew Clements
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