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JS Bach: Partita No. 2 D Minor; Ciaccona, Choral References

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JS Bach: Partita No. 2 D Minor; Ciaccona, Choral References
JS Bach: Partita No. 2 D Minor; Ciaccona, Choral References


Violinist Gertrud Schilde has probed the enigmatic and monumental Ciaccona from JS Bach's Partita in D minor and uncovered spectacular evidence in the form of a whole series of traditional chorale melodies hidden away in its intricate compositional design. On this eye-opener of an album the enterprising violinist teams up with the Northern German Chamber Choir to present her revealing discoveries. Martin Luther's consoling Easter hymn "Christ lag in Todesbanden" runs like a red thread through the work. The chorales, from "Jesu, deine Passion" through "Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt" to "Jesu, meine Freude," deal with the double theme of death and resurrection. This is surely no coincidence. Bach penned this work not too long after the death of his first wife. It was not until he returned from an official trip to Karlsbad that he learned of this tragic event - when his beloved wife already lay in her grave. It is thus not surprising that traces of Maria Barbara are encountered in the Ciaccona. However, Bach would not have been Bach if he had not avoided obvious allusions, preferring instead to use a subtly encoded numerical mysticism. Again and again his wife's name can be deciphered; the year of her death can be found as well as the names of their children. In this way the Ciaccona occupying a central and special place in the cycle of three sonatas and three partitas for violin solo becomes a magnificent memorial tribute to his late wife. Gertrud Schilde adds yet another aspect to this surprising discovery: together with Jan Philip Schulze she also presents the Mendelssohn version of the Ciaccona with piano accompaniment, which sheds bright new light on the rhythmic and harmonic course taken by this splendid masterpiece. The chorales produce a fresh and vibrant impression with the knowledgeable conductor Maria Jürgensen.


  1. Name
  2. Auf Meinen Lieben Gott
  3. Partita No. 2 (BWV 1004) D Minor - Allemanda
  4. Corrente
  5. Sarabanda
  6. Giga
  7. Dein Will Gescheh Allzeit
  8. Befi Ehl Du Deine Wege
  9. Jesu, Meine Freude
  10. Christ Lag In Todesbanden
  11. Den Tod Niemand Zwingen Kunnt
  12. Ciaccona BWV 1004
  13. In Meines Herzens Grunde
  14. Nun Lob Mein Seel Den Herren
  15. Wo Soll Ich Fl Iehen Hin
  16. Jesu, Deine Passion
  17. J. S. Bach / F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy - Ciaccona (violin And Piano)
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