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Sonata No 1 in G minor, BWV1001

composer
1720; Cöthen; Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato Libro Primo; first published in 1802

 
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

Le recueil de musique pour violon seul de Bach commence par la Sonate en sol mineur (BWV1001). Son Adagio initial richement ornementé est d’une portée considérable tant sur le plan harmonique qu’expressif; il nous emmène loin de la tonalité d’origine dans la première moitié du mouvement. La Fuga qui suit est concise, son thème très travaillé est presque toujours présent et perceptible d’un bout à l’autre. Par la suite, cette Fuga a été transcrite, peut-être par Bach, pour orgue seul et pour luth seul. Le Siciliana, dans lequel trois voix sont soutenues, a un peu le caractère d’un mouvement de sonate en trio. Cette pièce difficile sur le plan technique recèle une implication et une ambiguïté intrigantes pour l’auditeur. La sonate s’achève sur un Presto animé, dont les traits en doubles croches, les figurations en accords et la virtuosité technique donnent de l’éclat à son caractère.

extrait des notes rédigées par Nicholas Anderson © 2009
Français: Marie-Stella Pâris

Bachs Werkezyklus für Violine solo beginnt mit der Sonate in g-Moll (BWV 1001). Der reich verzierte erste Satz, Adagio, ist sowohl expressiv als auch harmonisch weitgespannt und entfernt sich deutlich von der Grundtonart der ersten Hälfte des Satzes. Die darauffolgende Fuga ist präzis konzipiert und das dicht gearbeitete Thema ist fast durchgehend gegenwärtig und wahrnehmbar. Sie wurde später, möglicherweise von Bach selbst, für Orgel solo und Laute solo umgeschrieben. Das durchgehend dreistimmige Siciliana erinnert im Charakter an einen Triosonatensatz. Dieses technisch anspruchsvolle Stück stellt den Hörer vor faszinierende Verwicklungen und Mehrdeutigkeiten. Die Sonate endet mit einem lebhaften und technisch virtuosen Presto mit brillanten Sechzehntelpassagen und akkordischen Figurationen.

aus dem Begleittext von Nicholas Anderson © 2009
Deutsch: Viola Scheffel

Recordings

Bach Transcribed
Studio Master: SIGCD156Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
CDA67691/22CDs
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
CDD220092CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
Studio Master: CKD366Download onlyStudio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available

Details

Movement 1: Adagio
Track 1 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [4'32] 2CDs
Track 1 on CDD22009 CD1 [3'43] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 1 on CKD366 CD1 [4'06] Download only
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Track 1 on SIGCD156 [5'07] Download only
Movement 2: Fuga: Allegro
Track 2 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [5'04] 2CDs
Track 2 on CDD22009 CD1 [5'47] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 2 on CKD366 CD1 [6'01] Download only
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Track 2 on SIGCD156 [4'09] Download only
Movement 3: Siciliana
Track 3 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [3'29] 2CDs
Track 3 on CDD22009 CD1 [2'55] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 3 on CKD366 CD1 [3'21] Download only
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Track 3 on SIGCD156 [3'51] Download only
Movement 4: Presto
Track 4 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [3'18] 2CDs
Track 4 on CDD22009 CD1 [4'01] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
Track 4 on CKD366 CD1 [4'19] Download only
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Track 4 on SIGCD156 [3'18] Download only

Track-specific metadata for CDD22009 disc 1 track 4

Presto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-96-00904
Duration
4'01
Recording date
27 May 1996
Recording venue
Orford Church, Suffolk, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Martin Compton
Recording engineer
Antony Howell & Julian Millard
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (CDD22009)
    Disc 1 Track 4
    Release date: March 1997
    Deletion date: October 2006
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
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