Bach Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo
In 2007 I left the secure and familiar surroundings of the concert hall to fulfil a long-held ambition; to busk my way around the world, funding my travels by playing Bach’s music for unaccompanied violin on street corners wherever I found myself. My goal was to launch “Musequality”, a charity that funds music education projects for disadvantaged children in the developing world. During that journey across six continents Bach’s power to bridge linguistic and cultural divides never failed me. At the same time, it was my opportunity to explore the extraordinary world contained in one of the cornerstones of the violinist’s repertoire, his Six Sonatas and Partitas for Violin Solo. This recording is my next step in a journey that, I hope, will last a lifetime.
During his lifetime Bach never travelled further than 250 miles from his place of birth. I count myself exceptionally fortunate to have been able to spend an extended period travelling around the world with him as my constant companion. There was one other person who, having agreed to my deserting her and the family in order to indulge a whim, remained exceptionally close albeit at the other end of the phone. That is my wife, Jane, to whom I dedicate this recording with love and gratitude.
Disc 1 - Playing time 66:03
Sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 16:12
1. Adagio 3:57 2. Fuga (Allegro) 5:25 3. Siciliana 2:54 4. Presto 3:56
Partita no. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 28:07
5. Allemanda 5:52 6. Double 3:22 7. Corrente 2:54 8. Double (Presto) 3:37 9. Sarabande 3:24 10. Double 2:21 11. Tempo di Borea 3:11 12. Double 3:26
Sonata no. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003 21:44
13. Grave 3:51 14. Fuga 7:20 15. Andante 4:50 16. Allegro 5:43
Disc 2 - Playing time 68:03
Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004 29:11
1. Allemanda 4:33 2. Corrente 2:32 3. Sarabanda 3:50 4. Giga 4:11 5. Ciaccona 14:05
Sonata no. 3 in C major, BWV 1005 22:10
6. Adagio 3:46 7. Fuga 10:02 8. Largo 2:59 9. Allegro assai 5:23
Partita no. 3 in E major, BWV 1006 16:42
10. Preludio 3:30 11. Loure 3:27 12. Gavotte en Rondeau 2:52 13. Menuet I and II 3:33 14. Bourée 1:27 15. Gigue 1:53
This recording is something of a surprise. If you look at the back cover you will see what looks like a collection of holiday snaps which are in fact photos of David Juritz playing his violin in all kinds of unusual locations. In 2007 he busked his way around the world, funding his travels by playing these works of Bach wherever he found himself. His achievement allowed him to establish a music charity called Musequality, which would appear to be going from strength to strength, but which no doubt could use all our support.