J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Isabelle Faust & Kristian Bezuidenhout

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Album-Release:
2017

HRA-Release:
12.01.2018

Label: Harmonia Mundi

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Chamber Music

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750): Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014:
  • 1Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014: I. Adagio03:10
  • 2Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014: II. Allegro02:56
  • 3Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014: III. Andante02:50
  • 4Sonata No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1014: IV. Allegro03:08
  • Sonata No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015:
  • 5Sonata No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015: I. [Largo]02:58
  • 6Sonata No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015: II. Allegro02:56
  • 7Sonata No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015: III. Andante un poco02:42
  • 8Sonata No. 2 in A Major, BWV 1015: IV. Presto04:12
  • Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016:
  • 9Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016: I. Adagio03:45
  • 10Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016: II. Allegro02:58
  • 11Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016: III. Adagio ma non tanto04:10
  • 12Sonata No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016: IV. Allegro03:40
  • Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017:
  • 13Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: I. Largo04:01
  • 14Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro04:47
  • 15Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio02:43
  • 16Sonata No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017: IV. Allegro04:44
  • Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018:
  • 17Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018: I. [Largo]06:23
  • 18Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018: II. Allegro04:38
  • 19Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018: III. Adagio02:22
  • 20Sonata No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018: IV. Vivace02:30
  • Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019:
  • 21Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019: I. Allegro03:22
  • 22Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019: II. Largo01:32
  • 23Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019: III. Allegro04:37
  • 24Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019: IV. Adagio02:59
  • 25Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019: V. Allegro03:22
  • Total Runtime01:27:25

Info for J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Duet for three voices: Trio writing enabled Baroque composers to test their ability to synthesise counterpoint, melody and harmony – a compositional ideal never so perfectly achieved as by Bach in these rare Sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord, which he constantly revised throughout his life.

"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)

Isabelle Faust, violin
Kristian Bezuidenhout, harpsichord




Isabelle Faust
Ihr unmittelbarer Zugang zur Musik lässt Isabelle Faust zum Wesentlichen der Werke vordringen. Das Publikum spürt ihre natürliche Musikalität ebenso wie den Drang, die Kenntnis des Repertoires durch ein genaues Studium der Partituren und musikhistorische Recherchen zu vertiefen.

Als Preisträgerin des Leopold-Mozart-Wettbewerbs in Augsburg und des Paganini-Wettbewerbs in Genua musizierte sie bereits in jungen Jahren mit bedeutenden Orchestern in aller Welt, wie den Berliner Philharmonikern, dem Boston Symphony Orchestra, dem NHK Symphony Orchestra Tokyo, dem Freiburger Barockorchester oder dem Chamber Orchestra of Europe. Seit 2016 ist sie "Artistic Partner" des Mahler Chamber Orchestra.

Isabelle Faust spielt ein Repertoire, das von J.S. Bach bis hin zu Werken zeitgenössischer Komponisten wie Ligeti, Lachenmann oder Widmann reicht. So führt sie neben den großen sinfonischen Violinkonzerten Schuberts Oktett auf historischen Instrumenten ebenso wie Kurtags "Kafka-Fragmente" mit Anna Prohaska auf. Für die nächsten Spielzeiten sind Uraufführungen von Adamek, Stroppa, Strasnoy und Furrer in Vorbereitung.

Regelmäßig arbeitet sie mit Dirigenten wie John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Daniel Harding, Bernard Haitink und Andris Nelsons zusammen. Eine besonders enge Beziehung verband sie in den letzten Jahren mit Claudio Abbado, mit dem sie in mehreren Ländern konzertierte und für „harmonia mundi" eine mehrfach preisgekrönte CD mit den Violinkonzerten Beethovens und Bergs einspielte. Diese Aufnahme mit dem Orchestra Mozart wurde mit dem „Diapason d'or", einem „Echo Klassik", dem „Gramophone Award 2012" und dem japanischen „Record Academy Award" ausgezeichnet.

Mit ihrem Kammermusikpartner Alexander Melnikov hat sie für „harmonia mundi" zahlreiche Alben eingespielt, zuletzt Sonaten für Violine und Klavier von Brahms und Klaviertrios von Schumann. Demnächst erscheinen Mozarts Violinkonzerte mit Il Giardino Armonico unter Giovanni Antonini und Bachs Sonaten für Cembalo und Violine mit Kristian Bezuidenhout.

Kristian Bezuidenhout
is one of today’s most notable and exciting keyboard artists, equally at home on the fortepiano, harpsichord, and modern piano. Born in South Africa in 1979, he began his studies in Australia, completed them at the Eastman School of Music, and now lives in London. After initial training as a pianist with Rebecca Penneys, he explored early keyboards, studying harpsichord with Arthur Haas, fortepiano with Malcolm Bilson, and continuo playing and performance practice with Paul O’Dette. Kristian first gained international recognition at the age of 21 after winning the prestigious first prize, and audience prize in the Bruges Fortepiano Competition.

Kristian is a regular guest with the world’s leading ensembles including the Freiburger Barockorchester, Les Arts Florissants, Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment, Orchestre des Champs Elysées, Koninklijk Concertgebouworkest, Chicago Symphony Orchestra & the Leipzig Gewandhausorchester; and has guest-directed (from the keyboard) the English Concert, Orchestra of the Eighteenth Century, Tafelmusik, Collegium Vocale, Juilliard 415 and the Kammerakademie Potsdam, & Dunedin Consort (Bach St. Matthew Passion).

He has performed with celebrated artists including John Eliot Gardiner, Philippe Herreweghe, Frans Brüggen, Trevor Pinnock, Giovanni Antonini, Jean-Guihen Queyras, Isabelle Faust, Alina Ibragimova, Rachel Podger, Carolyn Sampson, Anne Sofie von Otter, Mark Padmore & Matthias Goerne.

Kristian's rich and award-winning discography on Harmonia Mundi includes the complete keyboard music of Mozart (Diapason d’Or de L’année, Preis der Deutschen Schallplattenkritik, & Caecilia Prize); Mozart Violin Sonatas with Petra Müllejans; Mendelssohn and Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester (ECHO Klassik); Beethoven, & Mozart Lieder, and Schumann Dichterliebe with Mark Padmore (Edison Award). In 2013 he was nominated as Gramophone Magazine’s Artist of the Year. Recent releases include Volume 2 of Mozart Piano Concertos with the Freiburger Barockorchester.

In the 2017/18 season, Kristian becomes an Artistic Director of the Freiburger Barockorchester and Principal Guest Conductor with the English Concert. He play-directs programmes with both orchestras and also with Camerata Salzburg, Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra and Zürcher Kammerorchester . As a soloist he performs with Orchestre des Champs Elysees/Herreweghe, Les Violons du Roy/Cohen and Le Concert Olympique/Caeyers. Solo recitals and chamber music take him to London, Rome, Amsterdam, Stuttgart, Munich, Cologne, Berlin, USA and Japan.



Booklet for J.S. Bach: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

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