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Chris Thile Bach: Sonata And Partitas Vol. 1

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Chris Thile Bach: Sonatas And Partitas Vol. 1 on 180g LP

Nonesuch Records is pleased to present an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. The album was produced by Thile’s friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer

Thile explains his connection to the composer: “Bach was my first meaningful experience with - for lack of a better word - classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on.”

He continues, “This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin - like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

Chris Thile, whom London’s Independent calls “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world,” is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile will be touring in the summer of 2013 with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, with whom he released last year’s The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammys in 2013. 

As a soloist, Thile has released five previous albums. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released the Grammy–nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including Béla Fleck, Brad Mehldau, and Hilary Hahn. For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with which he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a Grammy.

Production Credits:
Produced by Edgar Meyer
Recorded and Mixed by Richard King
Recorded January 12–17, 2013, at The Barn, Washington, MA
Mastered by Robert C. Ludwig at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland ME

Chris Thile Bach: Sonatas And Partitas Vol. 1 Track Listing:

1.  Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
2.  Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro
3.  Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
4.  Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
5.  Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
6.  Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
7.  Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
8.  Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto
9.  Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
10. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
11. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea
12. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
13. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
14. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
15. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
16. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro
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1. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
2. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro
3. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
4. Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
5. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
6. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
7. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
8. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto
9. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
10. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
11. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea
12. Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
13. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
14. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
15. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
16. Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro

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