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Ever since her Concertgebouw debut in 1997, Janine Jansen has been a huge star in her native Holland. Today she is internationally recognised as one of the great violinists – a truly exciting and versatile artist.

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  • Audio CD (5 Nov. 2007)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B000UNMUJG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,828 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. No. 1 in C, BWV 772 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
2. No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
3. No. 3 in D, BWV 774 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
4. No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
5. No. 5 in E flat, BWV 776 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
6. No. 6 in E, BWV 777 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
7. No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
8. No. 8 in F, BWV 779 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
9. No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
10. No. 10 in G, BWV 781 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
11. No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
12. No. 12 in A, BWV 783 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
13. No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
14. No. 14 in B flat, BWV 785 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
15. No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786 - Janine Jansen, Maxim Rysanov
16. 1. Allemande - Janine Jansen
17. 2. Corrente - Janine Jansen
18. 3. Sarabande - Janine Jansen
19. 4. Giga - Janine Jansen
20. 5. Ciaccona - Janine Jansen
See all 35 tracks on this disc

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 3 Feb. 2014
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This is a disc of transcriptions of the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, originally for keyboard and here arranged for violin, viola and cello, and also the D minor Partita for solo violin. I loved Janine Jansen's recording of Bach's Violin Concertos and tried this on the strength of it. It's not quite in the same league for me, but it's very good.

The Inventions are delightful pieces which generally work pretty well in these transcriptions. Some, like Two-Part Invention No.8, are really terrific, with a wonderful bounce and zing. Others don't work quite so well - in No.2, for example, I found the fugal parts rather plodded along and there's a distinctive little phrase (which Fats Waller also used in Makin' Whoopee) which ought to really sing...and doesn't. However, the overall effect is very pleasing. The players are all very good, making these pieces into something like a coherent whole and bringing a good deal of fresh insight to quite a few of them.

The D minor Partita is a monumental piece and a colossal challenge for a violinist. I was speaking to a professional soloist about it not long ago and he ran out of words, shook his head slightly and just said "A lifetime's study." True, but younger violinists like Jansen can still bring insight and freshness to it. She succeeds pretty well here, I think; her technique is superb so she shrugs off the technical challenges and brings her own interpretation to the piece, and does it very well. I find her a little over-expressive at times for Bach, but I found this a rewarding interpretation. Personally, I'll still be playing Rachel Podger
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By CHIGMEISTER on 13 April 2009
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There can be no doubt that her is one of the most expressive violinists alive today. She puts such lyricism into Bach - the type I've never heard before. If you enjoy this CD then try her Bruch No. 1
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By Plons on 2 May 2012
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Recordings of Janine on the violin have something unique: it's sooo well done. If she is not happy with a recording, no producer or manager will be able to convince her that it's "good enough". There is no "good enough" in her dictionary. A beautifull CD !
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Roland Herrera, Bristol UK on 7 Nov. 2009
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Hmmm. I like this young lady playing Romantic Concertos... not so keen on her Bach... if only it were a little purer and more linear... oh well... can't say it's bad.
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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
Delightful Bach, Joyfully Performed & Beautifully Recorded 22 Nov. 2007
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The playing here is at the highest level, and is a real pleasure
to listen to. You hear a sense of joy being conveyed from the
performers, and you hear it in altogether excellent sound.

The articulation is lighter here than in many Bach string recordings
of previous decades, showing the effect of the whole Period Instrument
movement over the last 30 years, but this is certainly modern playing.
There are no extremes in these performances, and everything is done in
good taste, with very clean playing throughout, and yet a richness to
the sound.

The Partita and its justly famous Chaconne are up against very stiff
competition from the likes of Perlman, whose set of the Sonatas and
Partitas is magnificent. The approach here is less labored than in
some performances, though not without pathos. It works very well.
Where the double stopped notes are accented more heavily by Perlman
and Milstein, Jansen halts the pace less severly and keeps the
line flowing. Her intonation is absolutely superb, as is her
tone throughout. Truly gorgeous tone production, which in itself
draws the listener into the music. Hers is a tone and style of
articulation entirely appropriate to this music, and good enough
to make you stop thinking about the performer, at least until it
dawns on you that you seldom hear string playing this enthralling,
and then you wonder what else this artist has been up to lately.
Catch her live if you get the chance.

A refreshing disc, unreservedly recommended.
20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Finest violinist in the land... 24 Nov. 2007
By Warren Shapiro - Published on Amazon.com
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I should provide the disclaimer that I am an unabashed Janine Jansen fan. But, I am certainly not alone. This rendition of the Bach Inventions and Partitas adapted for violin and strings is a revelation. Jansen is, in my opinion the finest violinist performing on the concert stage today. No one I have heard can match her energy and her abandon combined with her prodigious talent. While Bach doesn't offer the opportunity for "abandon" that Mendelssohn does (see my other review on her last CD, which I highly recommend), her interpretation of Bach here is lively and fresh. I love Bach and I feel, as many people do, that most recently, Hilary Hahn has offered a wonderful, "pure" interpretation of her own. But while Hahn clearly has a feel for Bach, Jansen has a feel for expressive violin that makes virtually everything she does unique and often inspired. Her Bach is lively and original yet maintains the tempo and dynamics you would expect. I loved it. I play the CD all of the time. I am not representing myself as an expert on classical music, but I do love to listen to classical CD's and I feel that this one is yet another Janine Jansen masterpiece. If you like and appreciate Janine Jansen, you will certainly not be disappointed with this CD. If you love Bach, again, Jansen's Bach is different but refreshing and original.
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Musical find of a generation 8 Sept. 2009
By A techno geek - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I've done comparison listens to the 2nd Partita between Jansen and numerous other violinists (Grumiaux, Menuhin, Szeryng, Steinhardt, Hahn, Fischer, Van Dael, Podger, St. John, Enescu, Heifetz), and compared to Jansen, they all sound a bit humorless and earth bound. Jansen is like a bird who can follow the music wherever it goes, from the earth to the tree tops to the mountains to the sea shore. She is also able to find the "animal" within in each rhythmic structure and bring the full creature into view. The Partitas are after all, dance collections, and Jansen seems to return to this essential fact. For most musicians, listening to them is like looking at the brush strokes of a painting. With Jansen, it is like being actually transported into the scene she is painting and gazing all around it. Her Chaconne is remarkably different from any other performance I've heard. Instead of seeking to carve drama out of every note, she weaves a tapestry of mood that creates each place the Chaconne moves through. In this way, perhaps, hers is the most essentially baroque of the interpretations.

I can think of few musicians with this precious ability --- Ysaye, Schnabel, and Toscanini come first to mind. I hope she will record the Sonatas and the rest of the Partitas, and release them on SACD so that our living rooms may become the Bach dream she is painting.

That said, I do have to confess that of all the performances of the Allemande, Hahn's maestoso serioso interpretation is the one that I find best unlocks the secrets of Bach's notes.

The Inventions, which make up the bulk of this album, don't rise to the heights of Jansen's Partita for me, but are quite spirited and enjoyable. I could use more "impishness" in the playing for these particular pieces (Perlman's Beethoven op. 47 here comes to mind!), more dramatic contrast, but hey, they sound good. These are Jansen's own string transcriptions of the pieces Bach wrote for his son's piano practice. In this way they are unique contributions to the repertoire.

By the way, you hear Jansen playing the "Barrere" Stradivarius of 1727, Rysanov playing a Guadagnini 1780 viola, and Thedeen playing a Tecchler 1811 cello.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Timeless and Asymptotic to Perfection 20 Oct. 2009
By K. Scott Proctor - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Janine Jansen's performance of Bach's "Inventions and Partita" is both fantastic and timeless. For listeners of all types -- from those new to this style of music to those with great experience with these particular pieces -- this recording is one to own.

Jansen imbues these classic pieces -- entitled "Two-part Inventions and Three-part Sinfonias," but often referred to as "Inventions," and originally written for keyboard for Bach's students as exercises to prepare them for more complex pieces -- with personality and depth of character.

One of the pieces on this performance, known as "Chaconne," was described by Joshua Bell (an internationally heralded musician) in this manner: "...not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It's a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect." (Source: Washington Post, Sunday, April 8, 2007; W10)

As Jansen notes in a booklet for these pieces, "You just have to listen, open your ears and find a way...the most important thing in music is that it touches you." Readers of this review are advised to listen and open your ears to this timeless performance.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Very good Bach 3 Feb. 2014
By Sid Nuncius - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
This is a disc of transcriptions of the Two- and Three-Part Inventions, originally for keyboard and here arranged for violin, viola and cello, and also the D minor Partita or solo violin. I loved Janine Jansen's recording of Bach's Violin Concertos and tried this on the strength of it. It's not quite in the same league for me, but it's very good.

The Inventions are delightful pieces which generally work pretty well in these transcriptions. Some, like Two-Part Invention No.8, are really terrific, with a wonderful bounce and zing. Others don't work quite so well – in No.2, for example, I found the fugal parts rather plodded along and there's a distinctive little phrase (which Fats Waller also used in Makin' Whoopee) which ought to really sing…and doesn't. However, the overall effect is very pleasing. The players are all very good, making these pieces into something like a coherent whole and bringing a good deal of fresh insight to quite a few of them.

The D minor Partita is a monumental piece and a colossal challenge for a violinist. I was speaking to a professional soloist about it not long ago and he ran out of words, shook his head slightly and just said "A lifetime's study." True, but younger violinists like Jansen can still bring insight and freshness to it. She succeeds pretty well here, I think; her technique is superb so she shrugs off the technical challenges and brings her own interpretation to the piece, and does it very well. I find her a little over-expressive at times for Bach, but I found this a rewarding interpretation. Personally, I'll still be playing Rachel Podger Bach: Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo, Viktoria Mullova Bach: 6 Sonatas & Partitas and Isabelle Faust J.S. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin - Isabelle Faust more than Jansens, but that's personal taste.

The recorded sound is very good and this is an enjoyable disc which I would certainly recommend.

(I'd also warmly recommend Angela Hewitt's delightful disc of the Inventions played on the piano Bach : Fantasia Inventions, Chromatic Fantasia and Fugue, now included in this fantastic box:Angela Hewitt plays Bach (Complete Solo Keyboard Recordings))
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