Reading and Listening

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

NMM 4548. Violin by Jacob Stainer, Absam, 1668. Violin front, close up of front, top | Board of Trustees, 1989 | National Music Museum | The University of South Dakota | Byron Pillow, Photographer

The Reading and Listening section offers recommendations of books and articles, as well as an annotated list of suggested recordings, many of 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