Testament – Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin: J.S. Bach **

Testament – Complete Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin: J.S. Bach **

Release Date:

13th May 2016

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£11.69 (2 CDs) | 40% discount (usual price £19.49)



“There is a surprisingly striking contrast between its crystalline voicing, clear articulation and warm tone that makes the listener feel that it is concerned with the plain and simple beauty of the music as much as with the genius of its counterpoint and relationships between movements.” – Gramophone (Editor’s Choice)

Number 1 on Billboard’s Traditional Classical Chart


Best-selling violinist Rachel Barton Pine’s relationship with the music of Bach runs deep. She first heard and fell in love with Bach’s music in her hometown St. Pauls Church in Chicago, which had a stained glass window of the composer in the sanctuary. That church is where Rachel first played Bach’s music, at the age of four, and where she returned to record Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas in its beautfiul yet clear acoustic. Rachel says, “I’m so pleased to have recorded the Six Sonatas and Partitas in my favorite sound space for these works, the place that I consider to truly be my emotional home for playing them.”

This recording is released to coincide with the anniversary of J.S. Bach’s birth, and is a testament to Rachel’s lifelong relationship with one of the cornerstones of the violin repertoire.



Disc 1

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
 I. Adagio (3.30)
2. II. Fuga (4.51)
3. III. Siciliana (2.33)
4. IV. Presto (3.23)

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002
 I. Allemanda (7.04)
6.  II. Corrente (6.38)
7.  III. Sarabande (3.18)
8.  IV. Tempo di Borea (8.29)

Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003
I. Grave (3.27)
10. II. Fuga (6.44)
11. III. Andante (5.2
12. IV. Allegro (5.16)

Total time: 60.51

Disc 2

Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
1. I. Allemanda (4.01)
2. II. Corrente (2.43)
3. III. Sarabanda (3.48)
4. IV. Giga (3.55)
5. V. Ciaccona (11.36)

Sonata No. 3 in C major, BWV 1005
I. Adagio (4.00)
7. II. Fuga (9.05)
8. III. Largo (2.54)
9. IV. Allegro assai (4.51)

Partita No. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
I. Preludio (3.33)
11. II. Loure (3.51)
12. III. Gavotte en rondeau (2.42)
13. IV. Menuet I & II (4.03)
14. V. Boureé (1.37)
15. VI. Gigue (1.53)

Total time: 64.47

Rachel Barton Pine, violin

Recorded: 16–18 April, 28–30 May, 29 & 31 August 2015, St. Paul’s United Church of Christ, Chicago
Producer: Steven Epstein | Recording engineer: Bill Maylone

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