Gil Shaham, a favorite presence among Orchestra Hall audiences, has launched a national tour to showcase his latest project, J.S. Bach’s Six Sonatas and Partitas for Solo Violin.
Regarded as among the most technically demanding works for the instrument, they were completed in 1720 but not published until 1802, and then largely forgotten until the 19th-century virtuoso Joseph Joachim championed them. “With great masterpieces like this, it’s like looking at a statue from an infinite number of angles,” said Shaham in an interview with NPR affiliate WMOT-FM in Tennessee. “We can learn something different from each one.”
Shaham, who notes that this has been a dream project for over 30 years, also recorded the works for his label, Canary Classics, and the two-disc set is due March 10. For the tour, which stops March 1 at Symphony Center, he commissioned video projections by artist David Michalek to accompany his performance. “When I met him [Michalek], I was thrilled to find that he was inspired by Bach the way I was,” Shaham said. “We spent a great deal of time discussing the audience’s experience when they hear Bach’s music.
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