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Bach: Sonatas & Partitas

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  • Audio CD (7 Oct. 2016)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Warner Classics
  • ASIN: B01HFPDYZ0
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Digital Booklet: Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo
Digital Booklet: Bach: Complete Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo
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After a career break of more than a decade she has announced the decision to return to the recording studio. With this album she fulfils a lifelong dream of recording the complete violin solo works by J.S. Bach, a project very close to her heart. The album, recorded at St George’s Bristol, will showcase Kyung Wha Chung as the maverick of the violin that she is with her inimitable and timeless sound.

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Preparation for this recording has been the project of lifetime for Ms Kyung Wha Chung. In leaflet she confesses this with gratitude. She recorded earlier the 2nd Partita and the 3rd sonata for Decca.

I never warmed much for her first attempt on Bach, but liked this set from the start. She plays with humility, which is always a very good attitude for Bach. In g minor sonata there is a touching, reflecting quality, usually combined with the late Beethoven Quartets. Her playing is about the fragility of life, but about dance as well. There is plenty of movement and dynamics in every section, long phrasing and right accents to serve the music. Her interpretations are free of vain shyness, there is a completely convincing emphasis on playfulness. The remarkable technique and experience of the player are never underlined, but they are there to serve the listener towards better understanding of these works. I have never enjoyed these works so much.

One highlight is the big Fuga of the 2nd Sonata: it sounds like a whole string orchestra and fascinates like looking into flames at the fireside - an inspired and well-studied reading. The swift-moving Allegro ending the same Sonata is another highlight.

In the famous 2nd Partita, the starting Allemanda is played in big arches, flowing like a brook. This is an interpretation that helps one concentrate on music - one soon finds being in center of Ciaccona almost without noticing gap between movements. For Kyung-Wha Chung the last movement is not a showpiece, but about the deepest reflection and meditation - there are passages where the same chilling wind blows like in the last movement of Chopin's 2nd Piano Sonata.
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I do not believe that anyone at any time has played the violin better than Chung, she is a very remarkable lady. Probably not the recording for Bach purists, a little flamboyant and not strictly Baroque in technique. The Chaconne is played with unbridled passion and is the most amazing solo piece that I had ever heard, her poor fingers must be sore after she plays this collection to a live audience. The woman is a star, hats off to her.
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This recording, released in October 2016, is miraculous and momentous. This recording was made despite significant barriers: Kyung Wha Chung suffered a debilitated left index finger despite medical treatments that put a complete stop to her ability to perform from 2005 - 2010. The recording was also made despite Chung’s long, sustained reluctance to commit them to disc, wanting to wait as long as possible to search and to develop the conviction to express a spiritual core through Bach's works. With her gradual return to the stage from 2010 to present, Chung has amazingly revived her sonata repertoire with Schubert, Prokofiev, Beethoven, Franck and Faure. The Brahms Concerto and Bruch's Scottish Fantasia have also showcased her return to the concerto platform - all the more incredible choices considering she is recovering from her finger ailments.

And now, Chung has toured since late 2016 with concerts in Asia presenting all six of Bach's solo compositions in single concert events. She will bring the complete set also to the UK and finally Carnegie Hall in May 2017. Chung recorded the second partita and third sonata with Decca in the mid- 1970s. This 2016 recording is also performed with the Romantic style of the Galamian school but with added color variations and facets of tone. Chung has modified her vibrato width and speed with varied strokes of her bow arm that provide some aural references to the authentic Baroque performance style. Her trademark Romantic, fiery style is thankfully still dominant. Chung revealed in her recent interview with Strad magazine that she was still recovering from her left finger symptoms during the making of this recording at St. George's Bristol. An amazing accomplishment from this much loved violinist!!
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