[ Harmonia Mundi / 2 CD ]
Release Date: Monday 12 March 2018
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"Isabelle Faust has never cultivated the whale-boned red-carpet glamour that many female soloists feel obliged to pursue. On stage and off, the German violinist's manner is relaxed, her style understated. She sports a gamine, Jeanne d'Arc crop and, save for the tell-tale violinist's love-bite just below her jaw, you might guess her to be an architect or an academic. In a way, she is both, for an appreciation of musical structure and an interest in historical research are integral to her work.
The stillness of focus and purity of sound that has distinguished her playing can be heard in a repertoire stretching from Beethoven and Schubert through to Hartmann and Ligeti, on modern and period strings. Where other violinists dazzle, Faust is a thinker. On the subject of her own individual sound, she is hesitant: "Of course, I'm trying to be me in whatever repertoire I'm playing, and I do think that my work is different from that of other violinists - but actually I'm never really trying to keep to this idea of an individual sound. It's always my goal to get a different interpretation and also a different kind of voice particular to the voice of the composer." Anna Picard - The Guardian
"Faust and Bezuidenhout played these sonatas a lot in concert before taking them into the studio and it shows - both in the detail and the trust that allows for real risk-taking...Can I find fault with this set? No, I cannot. It's an eloquent and beautifully recorded homage to the composer and demands to be in the collection of all Bach lovers post-haste." Gramophone Editor's Choice March 2018
"Typically probing and intelligent accounts of Bach's Violin Sonatas." The Guardian
"The music should always wear its deft counterpoint lightly, wide-eyed as a spring day. In their new recording Isabelle Faust and Kristian Bezuidenhout understand this perfectly…However uplifting the individual contributions are throughout, that consummate sense of partnership prevails…a set that celebrates life from first note to last." BBC Music Five Stars
"These discs are superb, an absolute must have for Bach lovers. Faust and Bezuidenhout play with such beautiful tone and colour. There is vibrancy with their approach but it is never rushed. These sonatas highlight Bach's invention and sheer industry - truly music of the highest order. This album is perfect for the change in season, music to cradle you in warmth and set your mind at ease." Nicholas Butler
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 1 in B minor, BWV1014
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 2 in A major, BWV1015
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 3 in E major, BWV1016
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 4 in C minor, BWV1017
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 5 in F minor, BWV1018
Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019