Inventions and Partita

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J.S. BACH
Inventions and Partita
Janine Jansen (violin) Maxim Rysanov (viola) Torleif Thedeen (cello)

[ Decca / CD ]

Release Date: Thursday 15 November 2007

"At nearly 80 minutes there can be no grumbles about value, and with musicianship of the highest order this has to be a Bach collection for anyone with an interest in chamber music for strings and an alternative view on the Inventions."
(Recording of the Month MusicWeb Jan 2008)

"All are done very well indeed, but the solo violin recording is particularly toothsome and immediate, though with a far greater presence than with the other works. All of the instruments used are of interest: Jansen playing the 'Barrere' Stradivarius, and both the viola and cello being original 18th century examples. At nearly 80 minutes there can be no grumbles about value, and with musicianship of the highest order this has to be a Bach collection for anyone with an interest in chamber music for strings and an alternative view on the Inventions. Who knows, if the Dutch cover had crossed the border there might even have been some Bach virgins tempted to try it for the first time."
(Recording of the Month MusicWeb Jan 2008)

"These pieces are not played enough They deserve to be played! They are such wonderful, genius pieces."
Janine Jansen on Bach's Inventions

Fresh from a triumphant concerto recording featuring Mendelssohn and Bruch, the pillars of the Romantic violin repertoire, Janine Jansen reverts to the roots of violin playing, and the music of Bach.

She brings a characteristically fresh approach to popular repertoire, with a unique survey of the musical voices of Bach. For this recording, the blend of violin & viola, and violin, viola & cello gives the music a completely new resonance.

The recording opens with 15 Two-Part Inventions BWV 772-788 , transcribed for violin and viola. Janine is joined by Maxim Rysanov, one of today's best and most charismatic violists.

The central work on the CD is a solo performance of Partita No. 2 in D minor. This grand solo Partita contains five movements: four traditional dances concluded by the monumental Chaconne.

The recording concludes with 15 Three-Part Inventions BWV 787-801 , transcribed for violin, viola and cello. Cellist Torleif Thedeén, one of the most highly regarded Scandinavian musicians adds the third voice.

Tracks:

Two-part Inventions, BWV 772/786
1 J.S. Bach: No. 1 in C, BWV 772
2 J.S. Bach: No. 2 in C minor, BWV 773
3 J.S. Bach: No. 3 in D, BWV 774
4 J.S. Bach: No. 4 in D minor, BWV 775
5 J.S. Bach: No. 5 in E flat, BWV 776
6 J.S. Bach: No. 6 in E, BWV 777
7 J.S. Bach: No. 7 in E minor, BWV 778
8 J.S. Bach: No. 8 in F, BWV 779
9 J.S. Bach: No. 9 in F minor, BWV 780
10 J.S. Bach: No. 10 in G, BWV 781
11 J.S. Bach: No. 11 in G minor, BWV 782
12 J.S. Bach: No. 12 in A, BWV 783
13 J.S. Bach: No. 13 in A minor, BWV 784
14 J.S. Bach: No. 14 in B flat, BWV 785
15 J.S. Bach: No. 15 in B minor, BWV 786

Partita for Violin Solo No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004
16 J.S. Bach: 1. Allemande
17 J.S. Bach: 2. Corrente
18 J.S. Bach: 3. Sarabande
19 J.S. Bach: 4. Giga
20 J.S. Bach: 5. Ciaccona

Three-Part Inventions, BWV 787-801
21 J.S. Bach: No.1 in C, BWV 787
22 J.S. Bach: No.2 in C minor, BWV 788
23 J.S. Bach: No.3 in D, BWV 789
24 J.S. Bach: No.4 in D minor, BWV 790
25 J.S. Bach: No.5 in E flat, BWV 791
26 J.S. Bach: No.6 in E, BWV 792
27 J.S. Bach: No.7 in E minor, BWV 793
28 J.S. Bach: No.8 in F, BWV 794
29 J.S. Bach: No.9 in F minor, BWV 795
30 J.S. Bach: No.10 in G, BWV 796
31 J.S. Bach: No.11 in G minor, BWV 797
32 J.S. Bach: No.12 in A, BWV 798
33 J.S. Bach: No.13 in A minor, BWV 799
34 J.S. Bach: No.14 in B flat, BWV 800
35 J.S. Bach: No.15 in B minor, BWV 801