Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Magazine article Gramophone

JS Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

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JS Bach [G] Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV1014-1019 Leila Schayegh vn Jorg Halubek hpd Glossa [F] [2] GCD923507 (95' * DDD)

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Leila Schayegh is not yet among the most familiar names in the Baroque violin world, perhaps because the sonata recordings she has made so far have tended to be of composers such as Caldara, Mossi, Franz Benda and CPE Bach. The Benda was warmly received in these pages (5/12), and it was her 2014 disc of CPE Bach with harpsichordist Jorg Halubek that first caught my attention. With JS Bach's sonatas for violin and obbligato harpsichord, though, she now tackles repertoire that is not only considerably higher in quality but which also has a discography which features most of the best Baroque violinists of the last 40 years. That she does so with distinction is testament to her secure technique and shining tone (these pieces are merciless to anyone with a timid sound or dodgy tuning), as well as to the clear vision she and Halubek share of how each of the sonatas expresses itself.

Technical prowess certainly stands them in good stead in the faster movements, which bowl along at speeds that are fast enough to be exciting and carefree without ever sounding rushed (eg in the finale of Sonata No 3). …

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