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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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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***

Just beautiful

I'm not a musician. Just a lover of music, and everywhere Chris Thile takes me is amazing. This album is no exception. Downloaded last night and listening all day. What this mandolin man does takes my breath away.

How can you not give this 5 stars?

It is Chris Fricken Thile!…..Playing BACH!….ON A MANDOLIN!!!!!! ….you one star review people are out of your minds


Born: February 20, 1981 in Oceanside, CA

Genre: Country

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

A new description of Chris Thile would be hard to come by, especially since all the good superlatives have already been used. They called him a child prodigy when he was 12 years old and making his first solo album, 1994's Leading Off..., and a virtuoso when he was 20 and putting out his third solo effort, 2001's Not All Who Wander Are Lost. On the heels of those descriptions came effusive adjectives for his talent with a mandolin, words like "brilliant," "bold," "utterly fantastic," and "staggering."...
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Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, Chris Thile
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  • $10.99
  • Genres: Classical, Music
  • Released: Aug 02, 2013

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