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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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I love hearing Bach being done so differently. It's a happy surprise to hear someone make a mandolin album out of his partitas. This album is a gem of the classical music world. 😊


coming from a violinist who had to perfect these pieces as part of the standard repertoire i am pleasantly shocked! Chris brings a completely updated and crisp take on some of the most technically difficult pieces for violin and makes it completely new for the mandolin. I am extremely jealous and now want to pick up the mandolin! ***BRAVO***


The fugue from the Gm sonata is depressingly devoid of all feeling, dynamics, or rhythmic pulse-reminds me of a sewing machine..ouch.


Born: February 20, 1981 in Oceanside, CA

Genre: Country

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

A virtuoso mandolin player, singer, composer, bandleader, and radio personality, Chris Thile is one of the leading lights of progressive bluegrass. Thile has been at the forefront of bluegrass, creative folk, and roots music since debuting in the mid-'90s. In addition to his work as a solo artist, he is a co-founding member of the Grammy-winning outfit Nickel Creek. He also hosts NPR's A Prairie Home Companion, which he officially took over from longtime host Garrison Keillor in 2016. Born in Oceanside,...
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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, Chris Thile
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  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Aug 02, 2013

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