The violin was one of Bach’s favourite instruments and inspired his most lyrical outpourings. We know he was greatly influenced by the Italian masters whose work he discovered during his Weimar years – by the power of Frescobaldi, the melodic flexibility of Corelli, the sunny grace of Vivaldi – but he developed his own wonderful artistry in writing music of polyphonic density for the violin and “playing” with its sound palette. His deep understanding of the instrument clearly enabled him to exploit its full potential and to write as well as perform music of the utmost virtuosity.
Bach, J S: Sonata for Violin & Keyboard No. 5 in F Minor, BWV 1018
Bach, J S: Sonata for Violin & Keyboard No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1016
III. Adagio ma non tanto
Bach, J S: Sonata for Violin & Keyboard No. 4 in C Minor, BWV 1017
I. Siciliano. Largo
Bach, J S: Sonata for Violin & Keyboard No. 6 in G Major, BWV 1019