VILSMAYR: Six Partitas for Solo Violin (1715) / PISENDEL: Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor / BIBER: Passacaglia in G minor (2CD)

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Editor’s Choice + Audio Editor’s Pick of the Month (Gramophone)
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Vaughan Jones violin

Gramophone Magazine ‘Editor’s choice’, Feb 2016
Gramophone Magazine Audio Editor’s pick of the month, Feb 2016

2CD set
Johann Joseph VILSMAYR (1663-1722)
Six Partitas for Solo Violin
(Artificiosus Concentus pro Camera, 1715)
300th anniversary edition • First recording of COMPLETE, original set

Johann Georg PISENDEL
Sonata for Solo Violin in A minor

Heinrich Ignaz Franz BIBER
Passacaglia in G minor

Press Quotes

“…this is music that demands our full attention, presented in such a manner as to ensure that it gets it… they’re [Vilsmayr] intensely beautiful works that constantly tickle the ear with fresh moods, styles and effects as they dance along… Add the immaculate technical precision and immense musicality… of Jones’s playing and you have something of a recording triumph… Mystery Sonatas [Passagalia], played with a purity, profundity and sense of dramatic architecture that truly stops you in your tracks. Really, bravo.” (Gramophone Magazine, Feb 16 – ‘Editor’s Choice’)

“Just in case you thought high-resolution recording was only heard at it best when unravelling the complexities of large ensembles, this wonderfully atmospheric set of solo violin works really benefits from being heard in the 96kHz/24bit in which it was originally recorded. The instrument is beautifully focused, and the ambience of the recording venue – the small 17th century church of St Mary Magdalene in Willen, Bucks – adds a luminosity and presence to the captivating performances. Every note is crystal-clear, hanging in the recorded acoustic in a rather wonderful manner.” (Gramophone Magazine, Feb 16 – Andrew Everard, Audio Editor’s pick of the month)

“Overall something of an unexpected delight… In Vaughan Jones they have a scholarly, musicianly and extremely skilled champion – an all-round excellent set well worth exploring.” (MusicWeb International)

More Vaughan Jones on FHR:

VAUGHAN JONES ‘The Hidden Violin’ (Godard / Sinding / Vecsey / Saint-Lubin / Joachim)