BBC New Generation Artist Beatrice Rana sets her sights on Bach in this dignified reading of the Goldberg Variations. Treating every ornamentation and run with stately regard, Rana delivers a deep, meditative interpretation. Its closing “Aria” sounds so delicate that it feels at risk of floating away.
Swiss violinist Sebastian Bohren and his recording of the complete Sonatas and Partitas for violin solo by Johann Sebastian Bach. On volume I the following works have been recorded: Partitas Nos. 2 and 3 in D minor / E Major, Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas have an iconic status in the violin repertoire. Yet, little is known about the background of these fascinating works. Bach’s autograph manuscript is dated in Köthen in 1720, and it is commonly considered as the year when the cycle was completed. In his booklet notes Sebastian Bohren offers new perspectives of these masterpieces. Sebastian Bohren is considered one of the world’s most promising young violinists and maintains an extensive performing schedule.
The church cantata very quickly came to occupy a privileged place in Bach’s output, but it was in his Leipzig period that he explored new stylistic possibilities for the genre in several cycles. The third of these, mostly scored for relatively small forces, features in these Dialogkantaten three fine examples of the ‘madrigalian’ type: in their arias, recitatives and chorales, the composer deploys a poetry that does not exclude audacity and an eloquence worthy of opera.