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  • Composer: J.S. Bach
  • Audio CD (27 Aug. 2012)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Harmonia Mundi Classique
  • ASIN: B007X98S82
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,975 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  1. Sonata I BWV 1001 in G Minor: I. Adagio 3:49£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonata I BWV 1001 in G Minor: II. Fuga. Allegro 4:32£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata I BWV 1001 in G Minor: III. Siciliana 2:31£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sonata I BWV 1001 in G Minor: IV. Presto 3:11£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Partita I BWV 1002 in B Minor: I. Allemanda 4:51£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Partita I BWV 1002 in B Minor: II. Double 2:19£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Partita I BWV 1002 in B Minor: III. Corrente 2:57£0.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  9. Partita I BWV 1002 in B Minor: V. Sarabande 2:59£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Partita I BWV 1002 in B Minor: VI. Double 2:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Partita I BWV 1002 in B Minor: VII. Tempo di Borea 2:55£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Partita I Bwv 1002 In B Minor: VIII. Double 3:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata II BWV 1003 in A Minor: I. Grave 4:10£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonata II BWV 1003 in A Minor: II. Fuga 7:54£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata II BWV 1003 in A Minor: III. Andante 4:07£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sonata II BWV 1003 in A Minor: IV. Allegro 5:29£0.99  Buy MP3 

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Isabelle Faust hit the Classical charts earlier this year with her mesmerising recording of Beethoven and Berg with Claudio Abbado. She followed up with some welcome live appearances here in the UK, which included the Brahms' concerto at the Barbican with frequent collaborators Jiri Belohlavek and the BBCSO. Isabelle's recordings have won prizes since her harmonia mundi debut in 1997 which earned her a Gramophone Young Artist Award. In 2010 her Beethoven Violin Sonatas with Alexander Melnikov also won. The afore-mentioned Beethoven-Berg has been awarded Gramophone Recording of the Month, Daily Telegraph Classical CD of the Week, Times CD of the Week, Classic FM Disc of the Week, Sunday Times CD of the Week, BBC Music Magazine Recording of the Month and CD Review Disc of the Week. Now she returns to J.S. Bach for a second volume of what Andrew McGregor described in such glowing terms: "there s some of the best-judged ornamentation I ve heard in repeated passages. The recording is utterly self-effacing, in just the right way, and my only complaint is that the job s half done...I m impatient for the rest! Harmonia Mundi is the label, it s released this coming Monday, and the notes are excellent as well." CD Review, BBC Radio 3, 27 March 2010 Isabelle is shortlisted for the Gramophone Best Artist Award 2012. Her next concert in the UK is at the Wigmore Hall, October 29 with Alexander Melnikov and Jean-Guihen Queyras.


Two years after her disc of the D minor and E major Partitas and the C major Sonata, Isabelle Faust completes her set of Bach's works for solo violin with G minor and A minor Sonatas and the B minor Partita. As you would expect from this most immaculate and intelligent of today's violinists, the performances are very well prepared. In a sleeve note, Faust describes the works as presenting "an enormous mass of questions which seems to grow bigger with every attempt to answer them", so that any interpretation is, at best, a "snapshot" of a continuing process. Yet there is still a wonderful security and confidence about her approach, a flexibility in her phrasing, and a remarkable control of dynamic and colour. At times, the faster movements could be a bit more unbuttoned, a little less detached, but the quality of Faust's playing is never in doubt. --The Guardian

I gave almost everyone I know the wonderful first volume of Isabelle Faust s Bach Sonatas and Partitas two years ago and this is every bit the understated, beautiful reading of this vital music that that was. So it would be a travesty for any of us to be without both discs now that Faust has happily completed the set.GRAMOPHONE CRITICS' CHOICE 2012 --Caroline Gill, Gramophone December 2012

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 19 Oct. 2012
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This second volume completes Isabelle Faust's recording of the Bach Sonatas and Partitas. It has been eagerly awaited by many people and they won't be disappointed - Faust's remarkable skill and musicianship produce a terrific interpretation. She plays with minimal vibrato, exceptionally intelligent ornamentation and a directness which is very striking. The closing Presto of the First Sonata, for example, is quite brilliant here, taken at a thrilling speed with Faust's magnificent technique allowing her to remain utterly fluent and completely engaged, and other movements show similarly exceptional skill and imagination.

Whether this is the recording for you will depend upon your response to Faust's interpretation, which may not suit everyone. All three of the sonatas and partitas on this disc are minor-key works and they are very meditative and atmospheric. As an example, in the hands of Rachel Podger the opening movement of the disc, the Adagio of Sonata No.1, is mournful but humane and Viktoria Mullova's reading is more sinewy but shot through with human melancholy. For Isabelle Faust it seems rather bleak and desolate - marvellously played and interpreted but, for me anyway, not an easy listen.

The recording is slightly dry which adds to the slight sense of mortality and darkness which seems to me to pervade much of this disc. Personally, I think that's great and the effect is powerful and moving. I am very glad to have Isabelle Faust's Bach alongside my other loved interpretations and I think this will be a recording which I will still be playing in many years' time. Very warmly recommended.
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I have versions of this music by several of the "greats" and, on the strength of this recording, Ms Faust can take her place amongst them with no trouble. A discovery, so far as I was concerned.
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I repeat my review for the first volume. Wonderful , spiritual and contemplative - I do a lot of painting to this music.
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