JS Bach - Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord | Harmonia Mundi HMM90225657

JS Bach - Sonatas for Violin & Harpsichord


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Label: Harmonia Mundi

Cat No: HMM90225657

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 2

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 12th January 2018

Gramophone Editor's Choice



Isabelle Faust (violin)
Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)


Bach, Johann Sebastian

Violin Sonatas 1-6, BWV1014-1019 (complete)


Isabelle Faust (violin)
Kristian Bezuidenhout (harpsichord)


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


Faust and Bezuidenhout played these sonatas a lot in concert before taking them into the studio and it shows – both in the detail and the trust that allows for real risk-taking. ... Faust and Bezuidenhout bring these sonatas alive without recourse to gimmickry – sample the joyous closing movement of the Third Sonata. Can I find fault with this set? No, I cannot. It’s an eloquent and beautifully recorded homage to the composer and demands to be in the collection of all Bach lovers post-haste.  Harriet Smith
Gramophone March 2018

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