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This is the second recording of Bach's "Sei Solo" Sonatas and Partitas for violinist Thomas Zehetmair, who first recorded them in 1982 using a modern violin. This time Zehetmair uses period instruments, including two Baroque violins with replica bows: a 1685 South Tyrolean instrument for the partitas, and a ca. 1750 Joannes Udalricus Eberle for the sonatas. Recorded at the Propstei St. Gerold, a church in Austria, the double CD includes program notes by Peter Gülke and Thomas Zehetmair. BELOW: Zehetmair performs the first-movement "Allemanda" from Bach's Partita for Violin Solo No. 1 in B Minor.
"Louis Spohr's reputation as one of Germany's leading violinists was at its height when he composed his Duets for Two Violins, Op. 39, and while it appears his intention was to finance an Italian concert tour with marketable duets, the publishers complained of their technical difficulty. Spohr defended this aspect by stating his desire to 'give my duets more inner value, more richness of harmony than is usual in this genre.' Indeed, a contemporary critic exclaimed that it is no exaggeration to say that the ideas and artistry required for these works would be sufficient to create three concertos." This volume includes Spohr's three Op. 39 duos; Spohr Violin Duets, Vol. 1, released in 2018 includes Spohr's three Op. 67 duets as well as the unnumbered 1796 Duet No. 3 in E flat major. BELOW: Violinists Dickenson and Cooper perform Grand Duo for 2 Violins in D Minor, Op. 39 No. 1: III. Presto
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