Frank Peter Zimmermann and Enrico Pace perform Johann Sebastian Bach's Sonata for Violin and Piano in C minor BWV 1017 in 2008 in an impressive Baroque setting: The library of the more than 300-year-old Polling Monastery is one of the most beautiful baroque rooms in Germany.
Violinist Frank Peter Zimmerman is one of the best violinists in the world. His numerous recordings have already won countless prizes. Italian pianist Enrico Pace has accompanied Zimmerman on the piano since 1998. Together they play the forth of six sonatas originally written by Johan Sebastian Bach for violin and harpsichord.
Bach composed the six sonatas during his time in Weimar and Köthen (1708 - 1723). They are considered the first violin sonatas in the history of music in which the keyboard instrument does not merely provide chordal accompaniment, but functions as an equal partner to the violin.
The Largo with which the C minor sonata begins is a Siciliano. This genre, with its swaying rhythm, had spread like wildfire throughout Europe from Sicily, and in around 1720, when Bach wrote his sonata, Siciliano fever had reached its peak in Germany. In contrast to the "leisurely" opening movement, the second movement is an energetically progressing fugue that builds in contrapuntal density over a wide-ranging theme in the middle section. The subsequent Adagio shifts again to a lyrical mood in which the violin part takes on an almost vocal character. The sonata ends in the same Italian style as it began. The final movement resumes the Italian character of the opening movement. It is reminiscent of the violin sonatas by the Italian composer Tomaso Albinoni, whom Bach held in particularly high esteem.
( 00:33 ) I. Largo (Siciliano)
( 04:46 ) II. Allegro
( 09:00 ) III. Adagio
( 12:15 ) IV. Allegro
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