Johann Sebastian Bach, BACH, JS : Violin Sonatas and Partitas 2

Dawn Chan

By Dawn Chan

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Listening to J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for unaccompanied violin is like attending a sermon: in the hands of the best ministers, you can't help but fall to your knees in overwhelmed prayer; otherwise, you hear a vaguely inspiring message from a mostly boring preacher. Canonical recordings aside, it's well worth checking out this rendition by Christiane Edinger. The German violinist plays multiple lines marked by simultaneous extremes: legato smoothness and percussive, ferocious double-stops, sustaining astonishingly long phrases like an endlessly exhaling singer. All in all, this idiosyncratic recording works unexpectedly well.