The second sonata for violin and harpsichord is a pair of house slippers, to be donned after working all day in the heavy boots of viola repertoire and then spending the evening in the high heels of Brahms. The hour is late, but no one will mind if I indulge myself in this little nightcap--quietly, so as not to disturb the upstairs neighbors. Bach insists that subject need not be forced, and my late night muse enjoys the simplicity and subtlety of a glossy, well-placed note in a properly turned phrase. The bow spins a good yarn. I'm quite content with this bedtime story.
Love the Bach violin sonatas with keyboard.... I think I know the movement in the clip by heart. I've had that recording for years (the violinist is Jaime Laredo, btw.... not obvious unless you go to the clip @Youtube). I also have Grumiaux because I wanted with harpsichord and I just got James Ehnes' version with Luc Beausejour on harpsichord because... well... it's James Ehnes. It's love all over again. There are also other Bach sonatas on Ehnes' volume 2 that I didn't even know existed.... or I forgot.
I posted this recording because of Gould, who always gives me such imagery with the way he shapes Bach. And Laredo plays it nicely, but I really enjoy Baroque recordings with harpsichord, too. I'm still trying to figure out how I will shape it with a piano accompaniment versus a harpsichord; the two instruments are so very different. And I'm playing on a modern instrument as well. I wish I had a baroque fiddle!
Thanks for the clarification, Christina! The way the back of the cd reads, I'd assumed they were one and the same all these years. Listening to them back to back now, it's obviously not Grumiaux. (I'm currently polishing the horn trio.) Credit where credit is due, hats off to the Beaux Arts trio!
From Tom Holzman
Posted on September 1, 2012 at 12:07 PM
The Beaux Arts is a fabulous trio, maybe one of the five or six best in modern history. I had the good fortune to hear them in concert several times in their original incarnation. Bless them for making our lives better!
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