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Sonata No 2 in A minor, BWV1003
composer
1720; Cöthen; Sei Solo a Violino senza Basso accompagnato Libro Primo; first published in 1802; later transcribed, possibly by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, as the Sonata for harpsichord solo, BWV964

Recordings
'Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin' (CDA67691/2)
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
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'Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin' (CDD22009)
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
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'Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin' (CKD366)
Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin
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'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 5 – Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Catoire & Siloti' (CDA67506)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 5 – Goedicke, Kabalevsky, Catoire & Siloti
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'Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 10 – Saint-Saëns & Philipp' (CDA67873)
Bach: Piano Transcriptions, Vol. 10 – Saint-Saëns & Philipp
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Details
Movement 1: Grave
Track 13 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [4'34] 2CDs
Track 13 on CDD22009 CD1 [3'53] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
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Movement 2: Fuga
Track 14 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [7'46] 2CDs
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Movement 3: Andante
arranger

Track 10 on CDA67506 [4'35]
Track 15 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [5'34] 2CDs
arranger
dedicated to Emile Lehman; published in 1862 by Flaxland

Track 5 on CDA67873 [4'57]
Track 15 on CDD22009 CD1 [5'19] 2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1) — Archive Service
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Movement 4: Allegro
Track 16 on CDA67691/2 CD1 [5'28] 2CDs
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Sonata No 2 in A minor, BWV1003
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The third work in Bach’s collection is the Sonata in A minor (BWV1003). In its opening Grave, a Largo to all intents and purposes, Bach makes extensive use of multiple stopping to provide harmonic support to the melodic line. As in the slow movement of the G minor Sonata, the music contains structural ambiguities for performer and listener alike, providing players with a variety of interpretative possibilities. The Fuga which follows presents a terse subject which, however, Bach develops in a manner altogether more complex than the equivalent movement in the G minor work. Here he achieves a wonderful expressive variety, developing the fugal material with contrasting passages of semiquavers, and multiple stopping to create two or three independent parts. The melodic line of the lyrical Andante is strongly differentiated from the underlying harmonic support, presenting something of a challenge to the performer who must preserve the distinction between the two elements. This melodically appealing movement leads to an Allegro finale, in binary form, in which Bach dispenses with multiple stopping in favour of a single melodic line containing a profusion of broken chords. The Sonata was later transcribed, perhaps by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, as a piece for harpsichord solo (BWV964).

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2009

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Details for CKD366 disc 2 track 9
Grave
Artists
ISRC
GB-ASH-11-36622
Duration
3'49
Recording date
28 August 2007
Recording venue
St Martin's East Woodhay, Berkshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Philip Hobbs
Recording engineer
Philip Hobbs
Hyperion usage
  1. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin (CKD366)
    Disc 2 Track 9
    Release date: February 2010
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