Considered by many as the pinnacle of musical achievement, J.S. Bach's Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin are arguably the composer's most demanding and emotionally penetrating works. After living with, reading about, listening to and playing these seminal works for over 30 years Gil Shaham steps up to offers a new perspective on these works, undertaken in 2014 as part of his Artist-in-Residence with Symphonie Orchester des Bayerischer Rundfunk. These works have been part of Shaham's concert programs for over ten years and for this recording decided on a 'more Baroque set-up' opting for a Baroque bridge, Baroque bow and 3 of 4 strings being gut. The deluxe package comes complete with Shaham's insightful views on these works in discussion with former Strad Magazine editor Ariane Todes. "The high moment was Shaham alone, in the Bach D minor Partita: his warmth, honeyed tone, and beautiful sense of line were balanced with intelligent articulation, and the Chaconne radiated an uplifting, cathartic humanity."
1) 01-04. Sonata No. 1 BWV 1001
2) 05-12. Partita No. 1 BWV 1002
3) 13-16. Sonata No. 2 BWV 1003
4) 01-05. Partita No. 2 BWV 1004
5) 06-09. Sonata No. 3 BWV 1005
6) 10-15. Partita No. 3 BWV 1006