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