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This is individual playing from Swiss violinist Sebastian Bohren, concentrated and technically assured. The Corrente from the second partita reveals Bohnen’s understanding of Bach’s registral strata. He captures the joy of the Giga of this partita; we hardly notice the virtuosity of the delivery. The opening of the famous Ciaconna sounds remarkably vulnerable (deliberate, surely) and expands into a massive piece of storytelling. Bohnen has the ability to act as narrator: indeed, there is almost a vocal aspect to his readings.

The C major sonata exudes dignity, not least in the extended second movement Fugue, while the Largo is absolutely spellbinding. The E major partita’s extroversion is marked, with confident, incisive rhythms, both in the famous Prelude and in a superbly pointed Gavotte. Fabulously recorded in the library hall of the Monastery Polling/ Oberbayern, this is a most rewarding disc. Bohren plays on a Guadagnini (Parma, 1776).

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