Stirring Stills (Bach for Viola) (2016)

Bach

Esther Apituley

Dear Mr. Bach,
You don’t know me, but I’ve known you for most of my life. I play the viola and I’m addicted to the sound of the viola and to classical music. Addicted to classical music because there are no boundaries, one’s imagination is free and and one can travel to worlds that no-one even knows exist. For a long time, it’s been my heart’s desire to record on the viola the notoriously monumental closing movement of the Second Partita you wrote for solo violin – the Chaconne. After bowing my way through thousands of miles of notes, I’ve finally worked up the courage to record the piece. It seems you wrote the Chaconne after returning home from a long and exhausting journey on foot to discover that your beloved wife had passed away in your absence. A composition of fifteen minutes in length for a single instrument, offering great solace but making huge demands on the performer. A composition full of power and mystery. 32 variations in mood, written above a bass line of four measures. An imposing achievement in composition, Mr. Bach!

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Esther Apituley

Esther Apituley was born in Amsterdam. At twelve years old she started on the violin and soon after she switched to the viola. 

Esther Apituley has performed as a soloist with the National Ballet Orchestra, North Holland Philarmonisch, Metropole Orchestra and the Radio Chamber Orchestra. She performed the viola concerts of Berlioz, Bartok and Meijering, symphony concert of Mozart and Britten Lachrymae. In summer 2007 and 2008 she gave concerts and master class in Brazil at the International Music Festival in Campos do Jordao. 

Esther Apituley has a very unique way of performing. With the Amsterdam Viola Quartet she breaks the traditional atmosphere by means of a quartet repertoire that is very diverse; baroque, classical, modern to close harmony. 

In 2009, Esther Apituley was appointed Artistic Director of the Viola Viola Foundation. Viola Viola is committed to the promotion of the viola and for the warm creation of new audiences.

Photo: chrisvanhouts

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Stirring Stills (Bach for Viola) (2016)

Bach

Esther Apituley

Producer: Esther Apituley
Recording Engineer: Lauran Jurrius, Polyhymnia
Recording location: Sant Bartomeu de Torres, Catalonia, Spain
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Adagio from Sonata for Solo Violin no. 1 BWV 1001
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Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello no. 4 BWV 1010
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Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello no. 4 BWV 1010
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Prelude from Suite for Solo Cello no. 6 BWV 1012
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Andante from Sonata for Solo Violin no. 2 BWV 1003
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Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello no. 3 BWV 1009
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Sarabande from Partita for Solo Violin no. 2 BWV 1004
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Gigue from Partita for Solo Violin no. 2 BWV 1004
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Sarabande from Suite for Solo Cello no. 5 BWV 1011
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Chaconne from Partita for Solo Violin no. 2 BWV 1004
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