Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2005)

Bach

Julia Fischer

Bach, an infinite stream of music

No doubt many of you are wondering whether I should be recording Bach’s complete sonatas and partitas at the age of only 21. Perhaps I should have waited a bit longer? Well, patience has seldom been my strong point, and after all I have already waited a number of years for an opportunity to record these works. During the first six years of study with my teacher Ana Chumachenco, I studied the sonatas and partitas thoroughly, and first performed both cycles in their entirety in the Bach year 2000, during the course of two evenings at the Mecklenburg-Vorpommern Festival. Ever since that intensive “Bach month”, in which I concentrated purely on the music of this composer, I have felt the urgent need to hold on to the sonatas and partitas by means of a recording. This musical experience led me to overcome my many years of aversion to studio recordings. Thus, I decided at the time already to reserve my first solo CD for the music of Bach.

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Julia Fischer

Born in Munich, Ms. Fischer began learning the violin at age three and soon thereafter started taking piano lessons. She became a pupil of Ana Chumachenco at the Munich Academy of Music and at just 11-years-old won the Yehudi Menuhin International Violin Competition, an event that catapulted her towards an international career as a soloist.

Julia Fischer has since appeared regularly with the world's most celebrated orchestras and conductors. In recent seasons, concerto highlights have included orchestras such as the Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, Leipzig Gewandhaus Orchestra, Tonhalle Orchestra, BBC Philharmonic, St. Petersburg Philharmonic, Cleveland Orchestra, and San Francisco Symphony. Ms. Fischer has worked with conductors of the highest level including Blomstedt, Eschenbach, Vladimir Jurowski, Paavo Järvi, Maazel, Marriner, Salonen, Temirkanov, Welser-Möst, and Zinman. An avid recitalist and chamber musician, Ms. Fischer has performed in the world's great concert halls and in festivals across Europe, including at the Musikverein Vienna, Palais des Beaux Arts, Berlin Philharmonie, and Carnegie Hall in New York, and at the BBC Proms, Salzburg Easter Festival, Rheingau Music Festival, Schleswig Holstein Music Festival, and Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern. Ms. Fischer was Artist in Residence at Konzerthaus Berlin during the 2012-13 season and at Dresdner Philharmonie during the 2013-14 season; London's Wigmore Hall additionally dedicated to Ms. Fischer a Perspective Series throughout the 2013-14 season.

Ms. Fischer will open the 2014-15 season with concerts at the Festival Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, performing in recital with Igor Levit and in concert with the Konzerthaus Orchestra Berlin under the baton of Michael Sanderling. Following an appearance with Daniel Müller-Schott at the Festival Herbstliche Musiktage, Ms. Fischer embarks on a recital tour of France with Yulianna Avdeeva. A tour of Germany with the State Academic Symphony Orchestra of Russia and Vladimir Jurowski will see Ms. Fischer perform the rarely programmed Schumann violin concerto and include the first out of three concerts which will showcase Ms. Fischer as first Artist in Residence at Frankfurt's concert series Pro Arte; she also tours Switzerland in the role of conductor and soloist with pianist Oliver Schnyder and the Academy of St Martin in the Fields, and appears in major venues throughout Europe alongside the St. Petersburg Philharmonic and Temirkanov. Further highlights as soloist include the Philharmonia Orchestra/Hr?ša, MDR Symphony/Kristjan Järvi, Boston Symphony/Dutoit, Czech Philharmonic/Zinman, and Tonhalle Orchestra Zurich/Bringuier. Summer 2015 will see Ms. Fischer performing at major festivals – at Grafenegg Music Festival, at the Kissinger Summer Music Festival with the Vienna Symphony Orchestra and Blomstedt, at the Rheingau Music Festival with Jordan – as well as on a European tour with the Stuttgart Radio Symphony/Sanderling performing Katchaturian.

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Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2005)

Bach

Julia Fischer

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Among the young violin virtuosos, Julia Fisher appears to me to be one of the outstanding exponents of her generation. And this disc proves it amply. Very few violinists of any time would risk a recording such complex works so early in their careers. But here, the gamble pays off. Great playing, no question about impeccable technique, gorgeous tone, and generous phrasing: requisites indispensable for these J.S. Bach works. The pieces sound like new discoveries, such is the spontaneity of the playing. And the recording is superb. Good ambiance, excellent and detailed violin tone, a most complex instrument to record. A winner. 5 Stars for Performance, Stereo and Multichannel Sonics.

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Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin (2005)

Bach

Julia Fischer

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Producer: Job Maarse
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Recording location: Doopsgezinde Singelkerk in Amsterdam, Netherlands
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Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Adagio
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Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Fuga (Allegro)
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Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Siciliana
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Sonata No.1 in G minor, BWV 1001 - Presto
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Allemanda
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Corrente
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double (Presto)
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Sarabande
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Tempo di Borea
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Partita No.1 in B minor, BWV 1002 - Double
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Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Grave
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Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Fuga
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Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Andante
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Sonata No.2 in A minor, BWV 1003 - Allegro
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Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Allemande
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Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Corrente
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Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Sarabanda
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Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Giga
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Partita No.2 in D minor, BWV 1004 - Ciaccona
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Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Adagio
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Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Fuga
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Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Largo
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Sonata No.3 in C, BWV 1005 - Allegro assai
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Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Preludio
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Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Loure
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Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Gavotte en Rondeau
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Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Menuets I - II
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Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Bourrée
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Partita No.3 in E, BWV 1006 - Gigue
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