New Release: Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour Play Bach Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord

Violinist Rachel Barton Pine and harpsichordist Jory Vinikour have released a new album featuring J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, BWV 1014-1019. This marks the duo’s first recording collaboration. Barton Pine uses a baroque bow and plays a 1770 Nicola Gagliano violin which is in its “original, unaltered condition.” Also included on the album is the Cantabile, BWV 1019a which Bach originally wrote for the Sonata, BWV 1019.

Likely composed between 1717 and 1723 during Bach’s Köthen period, these works are sometimes overshadowed by the Six Solo Sonatas and Partitas for Violin. But in 1774, Bach’s son Carl Philipp Emanuel, one of the most famous composers of his time, wrote that these were

among the best works of my dear departed father. They still sound excellent and give me much joy, although they date back more than 50 years. They contain some Adagii that could not be written in a more singable manner today.

The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord are some of the earliest duo sonatas in which both instruments are true equals. You can hear this dialogue between voices in the lamenting Adagio ma non tanto third movement of the Sonata No. 3 in E major. This movement is built on a repeating, four-measure passacaglia bass line. But this isn’t immediately obvious because the bass line is constantly changing keys. Listen for those incredible moments when the violin and harpsichord come together in sensuous, canonic counterpoint.

Recordings

  • J.S. Bach: The Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord, Rachel Barton Pine, Jory Vinikour Amazon
  • Rachel Barton Pine’s complete discography iTunes
  • Jory Vinikour’s complete discography iTunes

About Timothy Judd

A native of Upstate New York, Timothy Judd has been a member of the Richmond Symphony violin section since 2001. He is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music where he earned the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music, studying with world renowned Ukrainian-American violinist Oleh Krysa.

The son of public school music educators, Timothy Judd began violin lessons at the age of four through Eastman’s Community Education Division. He was a student of Anastasia Jempelis, one of the earliest champions of the Suzuki method in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Judd has maintained a private violin studio in the Richmond area since 2002 and has been active coaching chamber music and numerous youth orchestra sectionals.

In his free time, Timothy Judd enjoys working out with Richmond’s popular SEAL Team Physical Training program.

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