Reading and Listening

Bach's solo violin music - essentials for performance, enjoyment, inspiration.

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The Reading and Listening section will offer suggestions of books, articles, and recordings, many of key historical importance, for a full appreciation and understanding of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.

While we build the list, listen to John Holloway perform Bach: the Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin


‘This is very special indeed…First and by no means least is the sheer beauty of the sound: a rough, almost earthy G string and an E string to die for, like a Caravaggio saint with dirty feet.’ Peter Quantrill, The Strad.


‘…The Aim Is To Bring Out The Music’s Rhetorical, Expressive Character And Holloway Succeeds Brilliantly.’ The Gramophone