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J.S. Bach: Sonatas For Violin

James Ehnes , Johann Sebastian Bach , Luc Beauséjour Audio CD

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1. Adagio
2. Allegro
3. Andante - Allegretto Tranquillo - Andante
4. Allegro
5. Dolce
6. Allegro
7. Andante Un Poco
8. Presto
9. (Adagio)
10. (Allegro)
11. Adagio Ma Non Tanto
12. Allegro
13. Largo
14. Allegro
15. Adagio
16. Allegro

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best modern instrument version 28 Aug 2008
By Philip F. Jensen - Published on Amazon.com
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Great. James Ehnes is the best. Beautiful, warm recording. This is a 'modern instrument' version (meaning the violin, and the way Ehnes plays the pieces). If you want an 'original instrument' version, look elsewhere: there are many good versions. Lucy van Dael on Naxos, for instance).
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Most Excellent Rendering 3 Sep 2007
By G. Price - Published on Amazon.com
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I usually prefer Baroque and Classical music more on piano than harpsichord. (Harpsichords, because of their dynamic being of a monotone nature - depend entirely on agogic/time related accentuations for musical and expressive effect. This usually becomes very tiresome to my ear . . . but this recording somehow manages to be an exception. In this recording the harpsichord ensembles with the violin making a very ambient and colorful portrayal of Bach's sonatas. In a word: Ehnes and Beausejour do a wonderful job in capturing the spirit of the first four of the sonatas Bach penned. I also have the BBC recording of Andrew Manze on violin with Richard Egarr (harpsichord) and Jaap ter Linden on viola da gamba playing the 2nd Sonata BWV 1015 in A major along with the BWV 1021 and BWV 1024 Sonatas - and though the viola da gamba adds a nice additional dimension in the bass register on those renderings, I can't honestly say that I prefer either that recording or this one . . . the pieces just take on a different flavor and character in the hands of one set of instrumentalists over the other. I also still love my Hungaraton CD of Peter Csaba (violin) and Zoltan Kocsis (piano) playing all six of the sonatas (but I think this recording is currently out of print). The Ehnes and Beausejour renderings of these pieces are to be highly recommended, and I'm seriously considering getting Vol. 2 that would complete their set. Their playing has an inner energy of line that provides a lovely rhythmic flexibility to the contours of the music so as to prevent it from coming off "square" - and yet there is still the drive of a steady and on-going pulse.
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