Movses Pogossian: J.S. Bach: Six Sonatas and Partitas for Unaccompanied Violin

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Virtuoso violinist Movses Pogossian releases his soulful performance of Bach’s iconic Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin. The recording represents a wonderful balance between historically informed and modern approaches to the repertoire, and is shaped, in part, by Pogossian’s meaningful association with luminaries György and Márta Kurtág.



# Audio Title/Composer(s) Performer(s) Time
Total Time 172:26

Violin Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001

01I. Adagio
I. Adagio
02II. Fugue
II. Fugue
03III. Siciliana
III. Siciliana
04IV. Presto
IV. Presto

Violin Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002

05I. Allemanda
I. Allemanda
06II. Double
II. Double
07III. Corrente
III. Corrente
08IV. Double
IV. Double
09V. Sarabande
V. Sarabande
10VI. Double
VI. Double
11VII. Tempo di Borea
VII. Tempo di Borea
12VIII. Double
VIII. Double

Violin Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003

13I. Grave
I. Grave
14II. Fugue
II. Fugue
15III. Andante
III. Andante
16IV. Allegro
IV. Allegro

Violin Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004

17I. Allemanda
I. Allemanda
18II. Corrente
II. Corrente
19III. Sarabanda
III. Sarabanda
20IV. Gigue
IV. Gigue
21V. Ciaccona
V. Ciaccona

Violin Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV 1005

22I. Adagio
I. Adagio
23II. Fugue
II. Fugue
24III. Largo
III. Largo
25IV. Allegro assai
IV. Allegro assai

Violin Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006

26I. Prelude
I. Prelude
27II. Loure
II. Loure
28III. Gavotte en Rondeau
III. Gavotte en Rondeau
29IV. Menuet I and II
IV. Menuet I and II
30V. Bourrée
V. Bourrée
31VI. Gigue
VI. Gigue

Acclaimed Armenian born violinist Movses Pogossian releases his performance of the full set of Bach's iconic Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin. Pogossian's soulful and thoughtful version strikes an ideal balance between various approaches to Bach. He incorporates the best characteristics of historically informed performance alongside aspects of the expansive, violinistic style associated with 20th century readings. His deep understanding of the structure of these works provides the foundation for the entire recording, elucidating the genius craft behind the fugues, the elegant harmonic architecture of the slow movements, and the brilliant "fortspinnung" or "spinning out" of motivic and episodic material in the fast movements. His lively articulation in dance movements is matched with a lyrical purity in the slower material. Pogossian mines the spiritual core of the slow movements brilliantly, preserving forward direction at deliberate tempi that allow him to explore the emotional color of each note. His approach is influenced by close work with György and Márta Kurtág, whose essential insights on Bach and music in general have inspired legions of wonderful musicians the world over. Pogossian is Professor of Violin at UCLA and can be heard as a soloist and chamber musician worldwide, as a champion of new compositions and virtuoso performer of works in the traditional canon. Proceeds from sales of this recording are going to support two organizations: Music for Food in Boston and the Lark Musical Society in Glendale, CA.

Executive Producer: Varty Manouelian
Session Producers: Benjamin Maas and Varty Manouelian
Editing Producers: Varty Manouelian and Movses Pogossian
Engineer: Benjamin Maas, Fifth Circle Audio
Additional editing: Jonathan Bruns
Design and layout: Marc Wolf
Liner Notes: Paul Griffiths
Photos: Anneliese Varaldiev, Judit Kurtág, Benjamin Maas
Logistical support: Luis Henao
Artistic Advisor: Guillaume Sutre
Project management: Daniel Lippel
This recording is made possible, in part, by the UCLA Faculty Research Grant, and the Faculty Opportunity Fund of the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music
All proceeds from this recording will be donated by the artist, in equal measure, to
Lark Musical Society, Glendale, CA
Music for Food, Boston, MA

Movses Pogossian

Armenian-born violinist Movses Pogossian made his American debut with the Boston Pops in 1990, about which Richard Dyer of the Boston Globe wrote: “There is freedom in his playing, but also taste and discipline. It was a fiery, centered, and highly musical performance...” He is a Prizewinner of the 1986 Tchaikovsky International Competition, and the youngest-ever First Prize winner of the 1985 USSR National Violin Competition, previous winners of which included David Oistrakh and Gidon Kremer. He has extensively performed as soloist and recitalist in Europe, Northern America, and Asia, with orchestras such as Moscow Philharmonic, Armenian Philharmonic, Toronto Sinfonia, and Brandenburger Symphoniker, among others. Movses Pogossian is one of the 2016/17 Artists in Residence of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, and performed the Mansurian Concerto No.2 at their season-opening concerts, conducted by Jeffrey Kahane. Avid chamber musician, Pogossian has collaborated with such artists as Jeremy Denk, Kim Kashkashian, Alexei Lubimov, Rohan de Saram, and with members of the Tokyo, Kronos, and Brentano string quartets. He is Artistic Director of the acclaimed Dilijan Chamber Music Series, currently in its 12th season:

Committed champion of new music, Pogossian has premiered over 70 works, many of them written for him. He has worked closely with composers such as Kurtág, Harbison, Saariaho, Mansurian, Chihara, Frank, Sharafyan, and Augusta Read Thomas, to name a few. At György Kurtág’s invitation, Movses Pogossian made his Darmstadt Festival debut in 2008 performing the Kafka Fragments with Tony Arnold, to critical acclaim. His duo with percussionist Kuniko Kato has commissioned several works for this medium, and performs internationally. In Los Angeles, Movses Pogossian frequently performs on Monday Evening Concerts, and is a recipient of the 2011 Forte Award, given by Jacaranda for his outstanding contributions to new music.

Pogossian’s discography includes solo violin CDs “Blooming Sounds” and "In Nomine", and Kurtág’s “Kaa Fragments”, with soprano Tony Arnold. In his review, Paul Griffiths writes: “...remarkable is Pogossian’s contribution, which is always beautiful, across a great range of colors and gestures, and always seems on the edge of speaking—or beyond.” His latest Bridge Records CD of Violin Works of Stefan Wolpe made the 2015 Top Ten list in the Sunday Times (UK). Upcoming releases include a Schoenberg/Webern DVD, recorded at Arnold Schoenberg’s Brentwood home (with Kim Kashkashian, Rohan de Saram, and Judith Gordon), an “Inspired by Bach” project of works for solo violin by Kaija Saariaho, and premieres by Gabriela Frank and Andrew McIntosh, commissioned for the artist by New Music USA. Movses Pogossian is Professor of Violin at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. He participates in the Music for Food project, which raises awareness of the hunger problem faced by a large percent of the population, and gives the opportunity to experience the powerful role music can play as a catalyst for change.

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