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Mandolin virtuoso and composer Chris Thile, a multiple–Grammy Award winner and a MacArthur Fellow, has long been known as an audacious improviser and a tireless collaborator whose work has incorporated bluegrass, folk, rock, jazz, and classical elements. Besides his brilliant bandmates in Punch Brothers, his fellow travelers have also included pianist Brad Mehldau, cellist Yo-Yo Ma, ... Read more in Amazon's Chris Thile Store

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  • Audio CD (5 Aug. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Nonesuch
  • ASIN: B00DJSUNWA
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
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Listen  1. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio 3:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro 4:16£0.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana 3:12£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto 3:17£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda 5:14£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: II. Double 4:57£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente 2:50£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto 2:55£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande 2:40£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea 2:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Partita No. 1 In B Minor, Bwv 1002: VIII. Double 2:39£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave 4:46£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga 6:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante 5:42£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro 5:21£0.79  Buy MP3 

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This is the first of three albums of Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile. The album was produced by Thile’s friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.

Thile explains his connection to the composer: “Bach was my first meaningful experience with—for lack of a better word—classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on.”

He continues, “This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin—like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Sid Nuncius HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 20 Aug. 2013
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This is a fascinating and enjoyable take on some of Bach's solo violin works, played quite brilliantly on the mandolin.

Chris Thile has recorded largely folk- and jazz- based music hitherto, and the first thing to say is that this is no gimmick or novelty record: Thile is a serious musician and a real virtuoso on his instrument, and this is a genuine interpretation of Bach and not a "re-imagining" or "re-working." Thile really respects and loves Bach's music and brings genuine thought, insight and musicianship to his playing of it. There are some very affecting moments (the opening Allemande of Partita No.1 is lovely, for example) and full-on rollicking dancing Bach where appropriate. I very much enjoyed the interpretations.

Thile's virtuosity is quite breathtaking in places (like the Double of the Corrente in Partita No.1) and his technique is so good that he can really let the music blossom under his fingers. My reservation about this disc is not to do with the playing, which is superb throughout, but with the limitations of the instrument itself. However good the player, the mandolin doesn't have the expressive capability of the violin and although I cannot imagine it being better played than this, to me it still lacks the emotional depth of a really good violin performance. (I felt much the same about Avi Avital's excellent playing of Bach on the mandolin. Bach )

You may not share my reservations, and even if you do I suggest you give this disc a try. It's fascinating and enjoyable and, whatever the limitations of the instrument, it's a disc of fabulous music, beautifully played by a very fine musician and I can certainly recommend it.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Jack Ladde on 8 Aug. 2013
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I am not a classica music buff, my interest in this album is a result of my love mandolin and Thile's paying on other recordings. I have bought other CDs on the basis that they feature mandoin and have given them very little play time, but this one is different. My own taste is bue grass and American roots music but this album is just stunning. I have istened to it four times in two days and it has just grown on me with every play.
Unlike so many classical musicians Thile sticks to his Loar Gibson which immediately brings a distinctive sound that will be familiar to blue grass fans. I would dare to say that Thile has a recognisable style of playing which is evident here despite the repetoire. There may be classical experts who can spot divergence from traditional or accepted ways of playing these pieces, but as someone who didn't previously know them I found his interpretation beautiful. Put simpy, there is nothign I could find to criticise about these recordings, they are moving, inspiring, full of emotion and leave this listener with a desire for more. I'm already looking forward to the next volume.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David J. Hardaker on 18 Oct. 2013
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Chris Thile is a master of the Mandolin and his incredible playing is shown off her to an astonishing degree. I have these pieces both for violin and guitar and have always loved them. These versions are every bit as beautiful and really recommended if you are a Bach fan.
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Have always loved these pieces of music by Bach. Came across them being played by Chris Thile on the radio one morning and wanted to hear more! Truly amazing!!
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Chris Thile is a wunderkind...one of the most flawlessy perfect instrumentalist alive...his Bluegrass and Fusion stuff is astonishing...however, the Bach is very one-dimensional, I think largely because of the material, it's rhythmically homogenous for a large part of the record, and as such can get a bit monotonous...
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