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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Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001
Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: I. Adagio
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Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: II. Fuga: Allegro
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Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana
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Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: IV. Presto
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002
Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: I. Allemanda
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: II. Double
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: III. Corrente
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: IV. Double: Presto
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: V. Sarabande
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VI. Double
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VII. Tempo di Borea
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Partita No. 1 in B Minor, BWV 1002: VIII. Double
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Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003
Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: I. Grave
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Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: II. Fuga
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Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: III. Andante
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Sonata No. 2 in A Minor, BWV 1003: IV. Allegro
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