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Jason Vieaux

Bach Volume 2 - Works for Violin

Azica Records
Release Date: April 1, 2022

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1 J. S. Bach – Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006 (Lute Suite No. 4) / Preludio [4:22]  
2 Loure [3:54]  
3 Gavotte en Rondeau [3:04]  
4 Menuett I [1:32]  
5 Menuett II [2:13]  
6 Bourrée [1:57]  
7 Gigue [2:09]  
8 J. S. Bach – Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005 / Adagio [3:37]  
9 Fuga [10:33]  
10 Largo [3:29]  
11 Allegro assai [6:05]  
12 1J. S. Bach – Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001 / Adagio [3:46]  
13 Fuga: Allegro [5:25]  
14 Siciliana [3:02]  
15 Presto [3:56]  
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On Friday, April 1, 2022, GRAMMY Award-winning classical guitarist Jason Vieaux releases Bach Volume 2: Works for Violin on Azica Records. A follow up to his critically acclaimed 2009 Azica album, Bach Volume 1: Works for Lute, Volume 2 completes Vieaux’s Bach cycle with J. S. Bach’s Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006, which is both the Violin Partita No. 3 and Lute Suite No. 4; Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005; and Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001.
Vieaux says, “Indeed, it’s been well over a decade since the 2009 issue of three lute works of Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750), Bach Vol. 1, Works For Lute, was out on Azica. The idea Azica and I had back then was that there would eventually be a Volume 2, which would complete the ‘lute’ set by making a ‘violin’ record that included BWV 1006… Well, ‘eventually’ turned out to be about 13 years, 2 kids, 700 more gigs, and over 8 hours of commercial releases later.
“Appointments, marriage, raising kids, care for aging parents, the departure of so many important and dear people, massive changes to the music business, whatever it may be… one of the great things about Bach’s music is that it’s always just there, for us to continually explore. His music doesn’t need anything. It is not only comforting and inspiring in its musical greatness, it’s humbling in how his notes, phrases, structures, compositional decisions, harmonic details, etc, are seemingly all-knowing (divine) and expressive (mortal) all at once, which is always a great respite in such a turbulent world. Every note gives the feeling that Bach has totally been there, done that, but somehow 1000 times more.
“I suppose his music can serve as a reflection of a personal moment, experience, a soundtrack to one’s life, but I never hear it that way. Bach is completely timeless, ageless, ‘style’-less. It represents what ‘great’ or ‘awesome’ actually means… With Bach, I always try to just play what’s there; the difficult thing with Bach’s music on guitar is that there’s a daunting, awesome, rewarding, gratifying amount of ‘there’ there. So, I hope that keeps growing, developing, changing, as my navigation of the guitar as an instrument continues to do the same. And I hope you will enjoy this latest snapshot of where I’m at on that particular journey.”

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