MIDORI | Midori performs J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas at Köthen Castle for television broadcast
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Midori performs J.S. Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas at Köthen Castle for television broadcast

Following her highly-praised performances of Johann Sebastian Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas in Aspen, Colorado and various cities in Germany in the summer of 2016, Midori played the works in their entirety at Köthen Castle (Schloss Köthen) in August for an audio-visual recording by Accentus Music in co-production with NHK and MDR and in cooperation with Arte Concert.

Johann Sebastian Bach worked in Köthen between 1717 and 1723 as Kapellmeister of Prince Leopold von Anhalt-Köthen. It was during his period of his employment in Köthen that he composed the Sonatas and Partitas for solo violin, as well as the Brandenburg Concertos, double violin concertos, cello suites and Part One of the Well-tempered Clavier.

Midori’s interpretations of the Sonatas and Partitas, known as among the most challenging for any violinist, will form part of a documentary to be broadcast on NHK (Japan) on January 30th 2017 and on ARTE (in France, Germany and selected other territories) on April 2nd. A DVD is scheduled for release in Spring 2017. Watch the trailer

Bach’s music has always played a significant role in Midori’s life. As she explained during the filming, “I have lived with the music of Bach for as long as I can remember. His music has always been around me so it feels it always continued to develop inside me. Bach always teaches me to listen, to open my ears and open my mind.” Playing in the chambers of the Castle of Köthen, where Bach spent important and fruitful years, made a deep impression on the violinist. She said that the premises allowed her to feel connected to Bach and his music in an almost human way: “The sound of the music – how it actually came out, how it felt to be in those rooms – those are the memories I will take with me.”

Photo credit: Martin Jehnichen