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James Ehnes – Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (2021) [Official Digital Download 24bit/96kHz]

James Ehnes – Bach: Sonatas & Partitas for Solo Violin (2021)
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Multi award winning Canadian violinist James Ehnes returns to the greatest body of work for solo violin: Bach’s 6 Sonatas and Partitas.

After many years of performing these masterpieces, it was lockdown 2020 that led to James recording the complete set at his home in Florida in the early hours of the morning.

His interpretation of this music has changed over the years – he first recorded them in 2000, and now at the height of his powers delivers performances of superb musicianship – sensitive and thoughtful, breath-taking technical prowess combined with great emotional power.

Among the various Gramophone Awards of 2021, one that felt especially perfect and inevitable was violinist James Ehnes receiving “Artist of the Year”. Arguably the recent culmination of his Beethoven sonata cycle might have been enough to clinch it by itself. Yet Covid lockdown had also seen Ehnes go above and beyond in terms of what he put out from his living room. Because while much of what was put out from musicians’ houses sat firmly in the bracket of “of its moment” – informal and impromptu, broadcast via whatever mobile devices they happened to own – Ehnes did something rather larger-scale: purchasing a pair of Telefunken M60 microphones with TK61 omnidirectional capsules; setting them up in his large, wooden-floored, emptied-of-furniture living room; then, in the small hours of the night when finally the world reached a sound-proofed-studio-esque degree of silence, filming and recording the complete solo violin sonatas of J. S. Bach and Ysaÿe. The result was one of the few filmed lockdown performance series whose production and artistic values gave them the mileage to become enduring works of art whose only obvious audible connection to those strange lockdown days is perhaps a heightened sense of emotional intensity. Of especially weighted surrounding silence. This past summer Onyx released his superb Ysaÿe sonata readings. Now here’s the Bach, which is Ehnes’s second recording of the set, the first having been stamped on disc exactly twenty years earlier, in 2000 with Analekta.

The first thing to say is that, while inevitably Ehnes’s readings have evolved over the years, they’re still recognisably from the same violinist. The generosity and impassioned drama is the same, with many of the changes being natural extensions of where he was going previously.

One clear difference from the off is the subtly different recording acoustic: a slightly brighter and more immediate quality, which acts as the perfect canvas on which to display the sheer polish of his technique; and everywhere is the sense of a violinist at the height of his technical powers. Another overarching point is that there’s a slight increase in tempi across the set, although often this only amounts to a few seconds. Essentially, it’s as though Ehnes has now lived so long and deeply in these works that they’ve truly become his own voice, and with the most impassioned thoughts, the pace naturally picks up. Consequently the virtuosity is perhaps more evident, and enjoyably rather than distractingly so.

Favourite moments. Well, I love the slight change to the emotional architecture of Sonata No. 1 in G minor’s Fuga. Previously, he began relatively big, as though we’d caught him mid-impassioned-conversation. Now it’s slightly more subdued, giving himself somewhere to go, which he quickly does. There’s also a slightly more delicately-voiced, lucid, wistful purity to his upper-register piano re-statement of the theme soon afterwards, and while these sound like small things – and really they are – it all adds up to an even more satisfying sense of architecture, and an even more developed and multi-nuanced emotional world. As for the famous D minor Chaconne, this appears via an as proudly non-period a reading as before in terms of his warm, rich, strong, soulful sound, but there’s also a bit more period-y air in some of the textures. Although both across the Chaconne’s show-stoppingly emotionally visceral yet supremely polished reading, and across the recording as a whole, cross-referencing quickly loses any attraction. For ultimately, these are performances of a power and beauty to simply lose yourself in, and be in the moment with. – Charlotte Gardner

Tracklist:
1. Sonata No. 1 for Violin Solo in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio (04:54)
2. Sonata No. 1 for Violin Solo in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga (Allegro) (05:44)
3. Sonata No. 1 for Violin Solo in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana (02:50)
4. Sonata No. 1 for Violin Solo in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto (03:11)
5. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Allemanda (06:15)
6. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double (02:58)
7. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente (03:30)
8. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double (Presto) (03:08)
9. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande (04:11)
10. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double (02:08)
11. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea (03:09)
12. Partita No. 1 for Violin Solo in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double (03:17)
13. Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave (04:55)
14. Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga (Allegro) (07:49)
15. Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante con moto (06:02)
16. Sonata No. 2 for Violin Solo in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro (05:34)
17. Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D Minor, BWV 1004: I. Allemanda (04:42)
18. Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D Minor, BWV 1004: II. Corrente (02:28)
19. Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D Minor, BWV 1004: III. Sarabande (04:12)
20. Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D Minor, BWV 1004: IV. Giga (03:41)
21. Partita No. 2 for Violin Solo in D Minor, BWV 1004: V. Chaconne (16:15)
22. Sonata No. 3 for Violin Solo in C Major, BWV 1005: I. Adagio (05:05)
23. Sonata No. 3 for Violin Solo in C Major, BWV 1005: II. Fuga (Allegro) (09:52)
24. Sonata No. 3 for Violin Solo in C Major, BWV 1005: III. Largo (03:28)
25. Sonata No. 3 for Violin Solo in C Major, BWV 1005: IV. Allegro Assai (05:07)
26. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: I. Preludio (03:56)
27. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: II. Loure (03:38)
28. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: III. Gavotte en rondeau (02:53)
29. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: IV. Menuett l (01:47)
30. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: V. Menuet II (01:40)
31. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: VI. Bourrée (01:25)
32. Partita No. 3 for Violin Solo in E Major, BWV 1006: VII. Gigue (01:42)

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