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BACH // Sonatas & Partitas

David Grimal,

Composed in 1720, the ‘violinists’ bible’ has undergone a thousand and one transformations since then. David Grimal tackles the supreme masterpiece of the solo violin repertory for the third time with his Stradivarius strung with pure gut strings and a Baroque bow by Nicolas Pierre Tourte (1740).

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CD 1


Sonate I BWV 1001 G minor


  • Adagio 3’49
  • Fuga. Allegro 5’21
  • Siciliana 2’44
  • Presto 3’44


Partita I BWV 1002 B minor


  • Allemande 5’07
  • Double 3’01
  • Courante 2’49
  • Double 3’56
  • Sarabande 3’17
  • Double 2’18
  • Tempo di Bourrée 3’23
  • Double 3’19


Sonate II BWV 1003 A minor


  • Grave 4’03
  • Fuga 7’30
  • Andante 4’52
  • Allegro 4’18


CD 2


Partita II BWV 1004 D minor


  • Allemande 4’35
  • Courante 2’48
  • Sarabande 3’55
  • Gigue 4’21
  • Chaconne 13’20

Sonate III BWV 1005 C major


  • Adagio 3’34
  • Fuga (Alla breve) 10’10
  • Largo 3’06
  • Allegro assai 3’43

Partita III BWV 1006 E major


  • Preludio 3’37
  • Loure 3’49
  • Gavotte en Rondeau 2’53
  • Menuet I 1’46
  • Menuet II 2’33
  • Bourrée 1’41
  • Gigue 2’05
The Strad

“David Grimal’s Bach performances have the authoritative simplicity of an artist who feels no need to impose himself on the music. Expressive rhythmic freedom […] beautiful legato playing […] wonderfully crafted.”

David Grimal


David Grimal has performed in the world’s leading concert halls for thirty years now and regularly appears as a soloist with a wide range of orchestras. Many of the major composers of our time have written for him. He is also a sought-after chamber musician and a guest at the great international festivals.


For the past fifteen years he has devoted part of his career to the orchestra Les Dissonances, of which he is the artistic director and founder. It is the only orchestra in the world that regularly plays the large-scale symphonic repertory without a conductor, and appears in the foremost European venues. Many traditional orchestras invite David Grimal to work with them on the model of Les Dissonances.


As a natural extension of this urge to share with others, he has also created ‘L’Autre Saison’, a season of concerts to benefit the homeless in Paris.


David Grimal was appointed Chevalier in the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry of Culture in 2008. He teaches the violin at the Musikhochschule in Saarbrücken and is invited to give numerous masterclasses around the world. He plays the ‘ex-Roederer’ Stradivarius of 1710, using bows by Pierre Tourte, Léonard and François Xavier Tourte or Pierre Grunberger as appropriate to the repertory.


Itamar Golan


Itamar Golan was born in Vilnius, Lithuania, and emigrated at an early age to Israel, where he began studying the piano under Lara Vodovoz and Emmanuel Krasovsky. The young musician gave his first recitals at the age of seven. From 1985 to 1989, he continued his training at the New England Conservatory in Boston (with Leonard Shure, Patricia Zander and Chaim Taug), benefiting on several occasions from a scholarship from the American-Israeli Cultural Foundation.


Having chosen to devote himself almost exclusively to chamber music, he has performed with such leading artists as Barbara Hendricks, Maxim Vengerov, Tabea Zimmermann and Ida Haendel. His current artistic partners include Shlomo Mintz, Kyung-Wha Chung, Sharon Kam, Mischa Maisky and Julian Rachlin. He regularly travels the world with violinist Shlomo Mintz and cellist Matt Haimovitz. A regular guest at major festivals (including Ravinia, Chicago, Tanglewood, Salzburg, Edinburgh, Besançon, Ludwigsburg and Lucerne), he has also appeared as a soloist with the Israel Philharmonic and the Berlin Philharmonic under Zubin Mehta.


A former faculty member at the Manhattan School of Music (1991-94), Itamar Golan has been a professor at the Paris Conservatoire since 1994 and divides his time between teaching chamber music, concert tours and other artistic interests, such as poetry.

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