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Nonesuch Releases Chris Thile’s "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1" on August 6

  • Wednesday, June 19, 2013
    Nonesuch Releases Chris Thile’s "Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1" on August 6

    Nonesuch Records releases an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile on August 6, 2013. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. Thile will perform works by Bach in solo recitals this fall; see below for details. The album—which was produced by Thile’s friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer—is available for pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store and punchbrothers.com. Pre-orders come with an instant download of Fuga: Allegro from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (which you can preview below) and an exclusive print of the album art by Oliver Jeffers, the first 500 of which will be signed by Thile.

    Thile explains his connection to the composer: “Bach was my first meaningful experience with—for lack of a better word—classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on.”

    He continues, “This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin—like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

    Chris Thile, whom London’s Independent calls “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world,” is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile will be touring this summer with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, with whom he released last year’s The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammys in 2013. See below for tour dates; for additional details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

    As a soloist, Thile has released five previous albums. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released the Grammy–nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including Béla Fleck, Brad Mehldau, and Hilary Hahn. For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with which he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a Grammy.

    The New Yorker’s Alec Wilkinson said of Punch Brothers: “each musician has a deep command of his instrument … their technique and specific sensibilities have given Punch Brothers a sound that is strikingly coherent and singular, even if they haven’t yet settled on a genre … Each of the musicians … plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of.” Their latest album, the critically acclaimed Who’s Feeling Young Now?, was released in 2012 on Nonesuch Records.

    CHRIS THILE ON TOUR

    Jun 20 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO solo
    Jun 21 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO w/ Punch Brothers
    Jun 23 Telluride Bluegrass Festival: NightGrass Telluride, CO w/ Punch Brothers
    Jun 28 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Part Chicago, IL w/ Punch Brothers
    Jun 29 ROMP Bluegrass Festival Owensboro, KY w/ Punch Brothers
           
    Jul 20 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Oak Hill, NY w/ Michael Daves
           
    Aug 15 Tanglewood Lenox, MA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 16 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 18 Ravinia Highland Park, IL w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 20 PNC Pavilion Cincinnati, OH w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 21 Meadow Brook Music Festival Rochester Hills, MI w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 23 Weill Hall and Lawn, Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 24 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
    Aug 25 Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
           
    Sep 7 Interlocken Music Festival Arrington, VA w/ Punch Brothers
    Sep 27 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Raleigh, NC w/ Punch Brothers
           
    Oct 1 Meany Hall for the Performing Arts Seattle, WA solo
    Oct 5 Newman Center for the Performing Arts Denver, CO solo
    Oct 12 The Festy Experience Roseland, VA w/ Michael Daves
    Oct 15 Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Evanston, IL solo
    Oct 16 Sheldon Concert Hall St. Louis, MO solo
    Oct 18 Rackham Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI solo
    Oct 20 Sanders Theater Cambridge, MA solo
    Oct 22 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY solo
    Oct 23 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA solo
    Oct 24 Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University Princeton, NJ solo
    Oct 25 Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory Toronto, ON solo
    Oct 27 Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose Albany, NY solo
    Oct 29 Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill, NC solo
    Nov 1 University Auditorium, University of Florida Gainesville, FL solo
    Nov 2 Emerson Concert Hall, Emory University Atlanta, GA solo
           
    Nov 6 The Queen's Hall Edinburgh, UK solo
    Nov 8 LSO St. Luke's London, UK solo
           
on June 17, 2013 - 3:54pm
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Nonesuch Records releases an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso Chris Thile on August 6, 2013. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, produced by Edgar Meyer, comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. Nonesuch Store pre-orders include an instant download of the G minor sonata Fuga: Allegro; the first 500 pre-orders include an autographed print. “This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin," says Thile. "It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

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Nonesuch Records releases an album of three Bach works recorded by mandolin virtuoso and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile on August 6, 2013. Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1 comprises three works written for solo violin: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002; and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. Thile will perform works by Bach in solo recitals this fall; see below for details. The album—which was produced by Thile’s friend, mentor, and frequent collaborator, the double bassist and composer Edgar Meyer—is available for pre-order now in the Nonesuch Store and punchbrothers.com. Pre-orders come with an instant download of Fuga: Allegro from Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001 (which you can preview below) and an exclusive print of the album art by Oliver Jeffers, the first 500 of which will be signed by Thile.

Thile explains his connection to the composer: “Bach was my first meaningful experience with—for lack of a better word—classical music. It was the second recording of Glenn Gould playing the Goldberg Variations. Gould plays with the kind of rhythmic integrity that I had previously only associated with non-classical music: music with a groove, with a pocket, that made you move. Gould was playing that music like my heroes play fiddle tunes. It humanized the whole thing for me and the heavens opened up and Bach came down. I started devouring all the Bach I could get my hands on.”

He continues, “This record to me is not about this iconic violin music played on the mandolin—like, ‘Oh boy, what fun, he’s playing a weird instrument!’ It's about Bach being one of the greatest musicians of all time, the solo violin music being some of his best work, and the mandolin having the potential to cast it in a new and hopefully interesting light."

Chris Thile, whom London’s Independent calls “the most remarkable mandolinist in the world,” is the founding member and lead vocalist of Punch Brothers. With broad influences including progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz, Thile transcends the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres, creating a distinctly American canon and a new musical aesthetic. Thile will be touring this summer with Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, and Edgar Meyer, with whom he released last year’s The Goat Rodeo Sessions, which won two Grammys in 2013. See below for tour dates; for additional details and tickets, visit nonesuch.com/on-tour.

As a soloist, Thile has released five previous albums. In 2011, Nonesuch Records released the Grammy–nominated Sleep with One Eye Open, an album of duets with guitarist Michael Daves. Thile has also collaborated with a pantheon of musical innovators from multiple genres including Béla Fleck, Brad Mehldau, and Hilary Hahn. For more than 15 years, Thile played in the wildly popular band Nickel Creek, with which he released three albums, sold two million records, and was awarded a Grammy.

The New Yorker’s Alec Wilkinson said of Punch Brothers: “each musician has a deep command of his instrument … their technique and specific sensibilities have given Punch Brothers a sound that is strikingly coherent and singular, even if they haven’t yet settled on a genre … Each of the musicians … plays with grace, thoughtfulness, and force to a degree that is not duplicated by any band I am aware of.” Their latest album, the critically acclaimed Who’s Feeling Young Now?, was released in 2012 on Nonesuch Records.

CHRIS THILE ON TOUR

Jun 20 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO solo
Jun 21 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Telluride, CO w/ Punch Brothers
Jun 23 Telluride Bluegrass Festival: NightGrass Telluride, CO w/ Punch Brothers
Jun 28 Old St. Pat's World's Largest Block Part Chicago, IL w/ Punch Brothers
Jun 29 ROMP Bluegrass Festival Owensboro, KY w/ Punch Brothers
       
Jul 20 Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Oak Hill, NY w/ Michael Daves
       
Aug 15 Tanglewood Lenox, MA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 16 Bethel Woods Center for the Arts Bethel, NY w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 18 Ravinia Highland Park, IL w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 20 PNC Pavilion Cincinnati, OH w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 21 Meadow Brook Music Festival Rochester Hills, MI w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 23 Weill Hall and Lawn, Sonoma State University Rohnert Park, CA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 24 Greek Theatre Berkeley, CA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
Aug 25 Hollywood Bowl Hollywood, CA w/ The Goat Rodeo Sessions
       
Sep 7 Interlocken Music Festival Arrington, VA w/ Punch Brothers
Sep 27 Wide Open Bluegrass Festival Raleigh, NC w/ Punch Brothers
       
Oct 1 Meany Hall for the Performing Arts Seattle, WA solo
Oct 5 Newman Center for the Performing Arts Denver, CO solo
Oct 12 The Festy Experience Roseland, VA w/ Michael Daves
Oct 15 Pick-Staiger Concert Hall Evanston, IL solo
Oct 16 Sheldon Concert Hall St. Louis, MO solo
Oct 18 Rackham Auditorium Ann Arbor, MI solo
Oct 20 Sanders Theater Cambridge, MA solo
Oct 22 Zankel Hall, Carnegie Hall New York, NY solo
Oct 23 Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts Philadelphia, PA solo
Oct 24 Richardson Auditorium, Princeton University Princeton, NJ solo
Oct 25 Koerner Hall, Royal Conservatory Toronto, ON solo
Oct 27 Massry Center for the Arts, College of Saint Rose Albany, NY solo
Oct 29 Memorial Hall, UNC Chapel Hill, NC solo
Nov 1 University Auditorium, University of Florida Gainesville, FL solo
Nov 2 Emerson Concert Hall, Emory University Atlanta, GA solo
       
Nov 6 The Queen's Hall Edinburgh, UK solo
Nov 8 LSO St. Luke's London, UK solo
       
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Fun project: Chris Thile just released a new CD of Bach Partitas and Sonatas. He asked fans to submit another title based on a pun on Bach's name for a free CD. I think the give-away is already done, but I made up a title and a CD Cover. Here it is. 

Chris,
I am just starting to learn the mandolin and I have always loved your music! Although I do not know how to read sheet music yet, I do know how to read the "tabs" as some people have put it. I was curious as to if you would ever post any of your music and/or have any videos showing how to play some of your songs? Thanks so much for your time!
your number one fan,
Andrew

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