Album · 2007 · 27 Songs. Mikhail Gantvarg, Violin With Chamber Ensemble Soloists Of St. Petersburg, Artistic Director: Mikhail Gantvarg & Grigory Korchmar, Harpsichord. Bach: Solo Violin Sonatas and Partitas. Hilary Hahn Plays Bach. Bach: Violin Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 2. Lucy van Dael. Beethoven: The Complete Symphony Collection.
This MS contains the complete sonatas and incomplete partitas (E major and D minor). The B minor partita is missing. Most likely copied from an early draft. Sonates et partitas pour violon solo; Six sonates et partitas pour violon solo; Sonates et partitas pour violon solo de Bach; 무반주 바이올린 소나타와 파르티타; Sonatas y partitas para violin solo; Sonates i partites para violí sol de Bach; Sonates i partites per a violí sol de Bach; Partite per violino solo; Sonate e partite per violino solo; 無伴奏バイ. リンのためのソナタとパルティータ; 無伴奏バイオリンの為のソナタとパルティータ; 無伴奏ヴァイオリンの為のソナタとパルティータ; Sonates en partitas voor soloviool; Sonates. en partitas voor solo viool; Sonates en partitas voor onbegeleide viool.
Canadian violinist Lara St. John has worked on both sides of recording industry, recording both for West Coast indie Well Tempered Productions and for major-label monolith Sony Classical. Increasingly it has been her desire to take control of her own destiny in terms of recordings; even as St. John's concert career has flourished and her repertoire has expanded, the recording activity has been spotty, only partly reflecting her varied interests. Although St. John initially launched her Ancalagon label, named after a favored pet iguana, in 2001, with the 2007 release Bach: The Six Sonatas.
John’s Bach: The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo is quintessential Bach for the 21st Century on a number of levels. 100 Degrees At Midnight, August 7, 2010. American Record Guide, January and February, 2008. Lara St. John stands fully clothed by the beach on the cover of her new Ancalagon CD, but the Canadian violinist has become an even more impressively untamed Bach player than when her publicity photos were more provocative. Los Angeles Times, December 9, 2007.
The sonatas and partitas for solo violin (BWV 1001–1006) are a set of six works composed by Johann Sebastian Bach.
1. Sonata No. 1 in G minor BWV 100: Adagio. 3 In C Major, BWV 1005: Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach, 4:580:30. 7. 3 In C Major, BWV 1005: Fuga - Johann Sebastian Bach, 10:350:30.
John takes a traditional approach to the 2nd partita and the 3rd sonata, perhaps the two most famous works among the six Bach composed for the solo violin. She uses a modern bow, a judicious amount of vibrato and moderate tempi. She also plays with technical prowess, a sure sense of structure and a controlled yet powerful emotion driving the interpretation. There is also a keen sense of detail, for example, heard in the ending measures of the 3rd sonata's opening Adagio, which articulates each phrase differently. I have been studying Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin with a passion for about 5 years now. I own about a dozen recordings by other top Bach performers but I have found that Lara St. John's recording is the most enjoyable of them all. Her Chaconne ( as well as the rest of the recording ) is as close to perfect as I have ever heard and her interpretation is very tasteful.
John's instrument is a 1779 Guadagnini, which is constantly referred to here and in other albums as having been provided by an anonymous donor. I call this repetition "conspicuous anonymity," meaning that the donor says "take this gift and be sure to mention over and over that it was anonymously given. OK OK, I get it. I am aware of how hard it is to take a picture of anyone playing an instrument with the intent to have it look "real. The disc on player A is Bach: Sonatas & Partitas - Julia Fischer; the disc on B is Bach: The Six Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo - Lara St. John. Granted, Lara Saint John does not interview well (cf my dismissive remarks in the Discussion). And granted, she promotes her career with more bodily presence than the eyes-downcast, demure Julia Fischer.