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Chris Thile - Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1

By Mandolin Cafe
August 4, 2013 - 3:15 pm

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Chris Thile - Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1

Chris Thile - Bach: Sonatas & Partitas 1

New York, N.Y. — Nonesuch Records has announced an August 6 release of an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile.

Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003.

The project was produced by Thile's friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer.

About the recording Thile said, "This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin — like, 'Oh boy, what fun, he's playing a weird instrument!' It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

Thile will perform works by Bach in solo recitals this fall.

Selections:

Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001

1. I. Adagio
2. II. Fuga: Allegro
3. III. Siciliana
4. IV. Presto

Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002

5. I. Allemanda
6. II. Double
7. III. Corrente
8. IV. Double: Presto
9. V. Sarabande
10. VI. Double
11. VII. Tempo di Borea
12. VIII. Double

Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003

13. I. Grave
14. II. Fuga
15. III. Andante
16. IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro

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jannehh
August 04, 2013 03:49 PM
The album is now available for streaming from Spotify. Didn't see that mentioned anywhere yet.

Some seriously nice mandolin playing.
Pilgrum
August 04, 2013 04:06 PM
My thoughts,
many years ago, [1800's into the 1900's] mandolin/s where played in many genres of music in small groups up and into full orchestras. How nice to see (hear) someone coloring outside the lines in their own musical coloring book.

Now maybe someone would learn a little Indian music from the real India and on the way back stop off in Northern New Mexico and listen to the "La Musica de los Viejitos."

Mr. Thile, a job very well done, thank you, (P).
grassgreen
August 05, 2013 02:44 AM
jannehh, I don't see it on Spotify...
care to copy and paste the HTTP link to the album?
Cheryl Watson
August 05, 2013 03:57 AM
I do not see that this album is streaming on Spotify quite yet. It is still a preorder, except for track#2.
jannehh
August 05, 2013 05:48 AM
Quote from grassgreen: jannehh, I don't see it on Spotify...
care to copy and paste the HTTP link to the album? End Quote

Couldn't find a way to give a link to whole album on my mobile but this is the link for the first track:
http://open.spotify.com/track/1de7hnpXgwiL9mI3a9JoUv

Of course, it could be that it's available in Europe due to some mistake.
Andy Campbell
August 05, 2013 06:00 AM
Quote from jannehh: Of course, it could be that it's available in Europe due to some mistake. End Quote

I'm listening to it here in the UK, so it might well be a geographical issue.
Mandolin Central
August 05, 2013 12:07 PM
Bach, Loar, Thile: absolutely stunning. Just received my copy in the mail. It occurs to me that 90 years later Lloyd Loar's dream has finally come true: the mandolin soloist has achieved what has formerly been the provence of only the greatest violinists. Bravo, bravo, bravo!!! Chris has gone beyond and created Bach joy as no one ever before.
tablaninja
August 05, 2013 09:49 PM
Now maybe someone would learn a little Indian music from the real India and on the way back stop off in Northern New Mexico and listen to the "La Musica de los Viejitos."

Actually, I'm studying North Indian classical music on my mandolin. But it was seeing Thile play Bach on YouTube that inspired me to start playing mandolin.
OldSausage
August 05, 2013 10:13 PM
I just got it delivered on iTunes. It's gonna be a late night...
Cheryl Watson
August 06, 2013 07:39 AM
Up on Spotify now and iTunes!
OldSausage
August 06, 2013 10:48 AM
Hm, the digital booklet in my iTunes download won't open with Acrobat or anything else. Anyone else having that problem?
JEStanek
August 06, 2013 12:00 PM
Try re-downloading it. Does it open in the Books tab of iTunes?

Jamie
Jstring
August 06, 2013 12:21 PM
I find it interesting that there are already 2 very negative reviews on ITunes of Thile's interpretations of these pieces...

Whenever I purchase classical music on ITunes, I always read the reviews + usually learn a lot. You can tell that many of the writers are serious or professional musicians who know these pieces inside and out, and have great insights to offer.

As mandolinists, I think the vast majority of us are consistently blown away with both Thile's technique and the way he interprets a piece....Do other musicians simply not "get" what a mandolin can / cannot do? Is it fair to compare what Thile is doing to what a famous violinist can do?

I really like the new CD so far (and I grew up playing Bach on piano), so I was a little disappointed to see it get "slammed" by reviewers who, based on what they wrote, are probably serious musicians who really know Bach...
coletrickle
August 06, 2013 12:38 PM
I didn't interpret the negative reviews as people that were making educated criticism, they seemed to have an axe to grind. One sentence statements criticizing the preview of the first track seems pretty amateur to me.
OldSausage
August 06, 2013 01:32 PM
Quote from JEStanek: Try re-downloading it. Does it open in the Books tab of iTunes?

Jamie End Quote

Thanks Jamie - I re-downloaded it with the same result. It doesn't open in the Books tab either.
OldSausage
August 06, 2013 01:36 PM
Quote from Jstring: I find it interesting that there are already 2 very negative reviews on ITunes of Thile's interpretations of these pieces...
End Quote

Those 2 reviews are just silly though: #1 "reminds me of a sewing machine" and #2 "makes my ears bleed".
Don Grieser
August 06, 2013 04:57 PM
My booklet opened fine in Adobe. PM me your email and I'll send a pdf of the booklet to you if you can't get it to work.

Giving this a listen today. Inspiring.
Scott Tichenor
August 06, 2013 06:20 PM
About 60 people, myself included, were treated to a Chris Thile Bach rehearsal/mini concert in Tompkins Square Park today around 4:00 p.m. I'm in town with my family after picking up our daughter at a choir camp. We were shopping downtown and Chris posted a note on Twitter he was headed there to rehearse. I thought about five seconds and jumped in a cab and made it there. Have some video but connection in the hotel is bad so won't try to upload that until I'm home in a day or two. What a rare treat to hear live Bach in the park. Pretty special moment, and everyone there really was enjoying the moment.

shortymack
August 06, 2013 10:42 PM
Hey thats too cool, right on Chris. Listening to it as I type on Spotify, fantastic.
OldSausage
August 07, 2013 12:42 PM
Quote from Don Grieser: My booklet opened fine in Adobe. PM me your email and I'll send a pdf of the booklet to you if you can't get it to work.

Giving this a listen today. Inspiring. End Quote

Thanks Don, that's very kind of you - fortunately someone else was kind enough to step forward and send me one already, so I'm good!
artilleryo
August 25, 2013 05:35 AM
I just bought it last week. Holy Flying Monkeys.

This confirms my belief that J.S. Bach traveled into the future very early in his career, saw a mandolin and was so moved that he wrote much of his music for it. He must of wept bitterly and often knowing his music would be played on lesser instruments.
StaceyConley
August 31, 2013 01:15 AM
I'm a bluegrass fan and a student of classical music. In most of the venues where I hear mandolin, the subtle arts are lost. Mr Thile, in my opinion is a genius and has mastered the dynamics and art of classical music. This is a beautiful collection
abworld
September 04, 2013 12:53 AM
For those of you familiar with Glenn Gould's solo piano renditions of Bach (The Goldberg Variations), Thiele is the Glenn Gould of the Mandolin..... Bravo! What a master!
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