Discovering Bach
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Virtuoso violinist Michelle Ross brings her joy and love of Bach to these performances.

Violinist and composer Michelle Ross is unique as both a solo artist and collaborative visionary. In 2013, she had her Carnegie Hall debut with Maestro Harry Bicket, and her European debut as both soloist and conductor with the Orchestre de Chambre de Paris as part of Play/Direct, in Cité de la Musique. She is the recipient of the 2012 Leonore Annenberg Fellowship Fund for the Performing and Visual Arts. A noted soloist and chamber musician, Ross is also in demand as guest concertmaster around the world with recent highlights including appearances with the Mahler Chamber Orchestra, the Orchestre National du Capitol de Toulouse and the Orchestre d'Auvergne. Ross is the Artistic Director and Founder of Music in the Mountains. A graduate of Juilliard and Columbia, her teachers include Dorothy DeLay and Itzhak Perlman. Ross says that "As a performer, my moments of greatest joy occur when I play Bach. I love to bring this music into unusual settings, allowing an intersection between countless strangers and this infinite plane of beauty…Every moment with this music, I learn something new about myself as an artist. One must be completely honest in front of Bach, and bring courage and love to this music."
Contents:
Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
Michelle Ross, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV1002
Michelle Ross, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003
Michelle Ross, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Partita No. 2 in D Minor, BWV 1004
Michelle Ross, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Sonata No. 3 in C Major, BWV1005
Michelle Ross, violin

Johann Sebastian Bach, composer
Partita No. 3 in E Major, BWV 1006
Michelle Ross, violin

Review:
"…Ross' reading of these well-explored works reflects that background to a degree: she is a strong player who is unafraid to grab the audience's attention. Her playing also draws on that of her teacher Itzhak Perlman; it's in a big, Romantic vein that's refreshing in Bach because it's not heard so often lately. The "Gavotte" from the Partita in E major, BWV 1006, is typical: lively, free in tempo, and seemingly spontaneous. Sample the mighty "Chaconne" (Ciaccona) in the Partita No. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004, to see whether Ross' style may be a bit heated for you, but it's unlikely that you'll find it boring. The album was recorded not in a bakery, but at the American Academy of Arts and Letters in New York, a fine chamber venue, and Albany's production team captures the immediacy of Ross' playing. Recommended for those who like Bach violin playing in the classic style." (All Music)