Bach’s set of unaccompanied violin music begins with the Sonata in G minor (BWV1001). Its richly ornamented opening Adagio is both harmonically and expressively wide ranging, taking us far from the home key in the first half of the movement. The Fuga which follows is concisely argued, its densely worked theme almost ever present and discernible throughout. It was later transcribed, perhaps by Bach, for solo organ and for lute solo. The Siciliana, in which three voices are sustained, has something of the character of a trio sonata movement. This technically demanding piece contains intriguing implication and ambiguity for the listener. The Sonata concludes with a lively Presto whose sixteenth-note passagework, chordal figurations and technical virtuosity lend brilliance to its character.
from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2009