16 Songs, 1 Hour 3 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few contemporary musicians evade classification with the playful panache of virtuosic mandolinist Chris Thile. He’s won GRAMMY®s for progressive bluegrass and collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and has played with jazz, rock, and folk icons. (All of which gives credence to the weighty claim by producer T Bone Burnett that Thile is a “once-in-a-century musician.”) And while Thile’s catalog demonstrates an irrefutable technical command, his arrangement of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas (a canonical piece of early eighteenth century violin literature) displays a deep, surprisingly vibrant connection to the music. Even with the quickened movements of Sonata No. 1 and Partita No. 1—which suit his formidable technical prowess—Thile retains a lighthearted touch. The result is an effortless, airy collection that—like the artist himself—transcends musical conventions.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Few contemporary musicians evade classification with the playful panache of virtuosic mandolinist Chris Thile. He’s won GRAMMY®s for progressive bluegrass and collaborations with cellist Yo-Yo Ma, was awarded a MacArthur “Genius” Grant, and has played with jazz, rock, and folk icons. (All of which gives credence to the weighty claim by producer T Bone Burnett that Thile is a “once-in-a-century musician.”) And while Thile’s catalog demonstrates an irrefutable technical command, his arrangement of Bach’s Sonatas and Partitas (a canonical piece of early eighteenth century violin literature) displays a deep, surprisingly vibrant connection to the music. Even with the quickened movements of Sonata No. 1 and Partita No. 1—which suit his formidable technical prowess—Thile retains a lighthearted touch. The result is an effortless, airy collection that—like the artist himself—transcends musical conventions.

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