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Johann Sebastian Bach - Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo - Kyung-Wha Chung (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Johann Sebastian Bach - Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo - Kyung-Wha Chung (2016) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz

Сomposer: Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Artist: Kyung-Wha Chung
Title: Bach, J.S. - Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo
Genre: Classical
Label: © Warner Classics
Release Date: 2016
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Source: HDTracks
Duration: 02:17:08
Recorded: 19–21.II, 24–26.III, 3–5.IV & 30.V.–1.VI.2016, St George’s Bristol


“I’m delighted to announce that I am so happy to be returning to the recording studio after many years for a series of exciting artistic projects. The first of these is the solo Sonatas & Partitas of J.S.Bach: a monumental task. This is the unending quest of my musical journey.” – Kyung Wha Chung
After a career break of more than a decade she has announced the decision to return to the recording studio. With this album she fulfils a lifelong dream of recording the complete violin solo works by J.S. Bach, a project very close to her heart. The album, recorded at St George’s Bristol, will showcase Kyung Wha Chung as the maverick of the violin that she is with her inimitable and timeless sound.


Several years after her return to concertizing following an injury-related hiatus, Kyung Wha Chung returns to the recording studio for the first time in more than 15 years with no less than Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas. Naturally, a violinist of international stature in her late 60s braving the Mt. Everest of unaccompanied violin repertoire will come in for close scrutiny. Indeed, Chung’s Bach has markedly changed since her 1975 Decca recordings of the Second Partita and Third Sonata.
She scales down her dynamics and varies her articulations to a more pronounced degree, layering both the real and implied polyphony with greater harmonic and textural awareness. While Chung’s discretionary vibrato and leaner though still gorgeously modulated sonority are further indicative of period-performance practices, the latter’s mannerisms (short-breathed phrasing, sudden dynamic swells, threadbare tone, and compulsive ornamentation) play no part in Chung’s conceptions.
Two movements particularly demonstrate Chung’s interpretive evolution. Chung’s earlier C major Sonata’s Allegro assai is brisk and direct, technically confident, and full of positive drive, whereas the remake’s similarly steady yet slower basic tempo allows a wider berth of inflection and phrasing asymmetry, although the leaps to the G string are not so consistently assured regarding intonation. By contrast, the D minor Partita’s monumental Chaconne is generally faster and lighter, with the long elaborate lines unfolding in sweeping, narrative paragraphs.
Other memorable examples include Chung’s animated, seemingly offhand way with the A minor Sonata’s Fugue and E major Partita’s Gavotte, along with the gentle conversational fluency between single melody lines and double notes in the G minor Sonata’s Siciliana. Rather than treat the C major Sonata’s opening Adagio as a dirge, Chung moves the music along yet still takes time to milk the dissonances and to vary the dotted rhythms without distorting them.
It goes without saying that there are many ways to scale Everest, and Chung will not necessarily displace your favorite Sonatas and Partitas recordings. However, it’s clear that Chung has lived with and absorbed this music, and that one can learn a lot from her deep-rooted, organic fusion of “old school modernity” and “new school antiquity”. In short, I can live easily and satisfyingly with the mature Chung’s Bach, just as long as I can take her younger self’s more vivacious Decca disc out for a spin sometimes! --Jed Distler, Classics Today


Tracklist:
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
1. I. Adagio 04:07
2. II. Fuga 05:06
3. III. Siciliana 03:14
4. IV. Presto 04:01
Violin Partita No.1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
5. I. Allemanda 06:43
6. II. Corrente 06:51
7. III. Sarabande 06:32
8. IV. Tempo di Borea 06:49
Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003
9. I. Grave 04:25
10. II. Fuga 08:10
11. III. Andante 05:09
12. IV. Allegro 05:40
Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
13. I. Allemanda 04:35
14. II. Corrente 02:40
15. III. Sarabanda 04:00
16. IV. Giga 04:21
17. V. Ciaccona 13:54
Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005
18. I. Adagio 03:48
19. II. Fuga 10:15
20. III. Largo 03:29
21. IV. Allegro assai 05:06
Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
22. I. Preludio 03:24
23. II. Loure 04:16
24. III. Gavotte en rondeau 02:57
25. IV. Menuets I & II 04:10
26. V. Bourr?e 01:31
27. VI. Gigue 01:55


Personnel:
Kyung Wha Chung, violin


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