Chicago natives Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour began playing together in the late nineties, reading Bach sonatas together whenever Vinikour returned to the states from his adopted home in Paris. In 2015, after Vinikour moved back to Chicago, the pair began to develop their love for the Bach sonatas into the project that became their first recording together.
Bach’s solo works are familiar staples for both Pine and Vinikour, but the sonatas for violin and harpsichord opened up new possibilities for the pair. With just two instruments, Bach creates the effect of three musicians competing for the listener’s attention. In the slower movements, he takes the audience on an emotional ride, thrusting the listener first into profound introspection and later into peaceful delight.
For two friends like Pine and Vinikour, Bach’s duo sonatas provide profound opportunities for musical connection. Pine notes, “Playing with an artist of Jory’s sensibility and virtuosity allows an incredible degree of flexibility. We are always searching for new subtleties, but also able to let loose when the music calls for it. Even with no audience to inspire us, our performances for the recording sessions felt truly alive thanks to this shared musical rapport.” Pine and Vinikour’s performance at UChicago Presents is sure to be truly spectacular.
Rachel Barton Pine and Jory Vinikour perform duo and solo sonatas by Bach on Friday, April 26 at 7:30pm in the Logan Center for the Arts. UChicago Professor of Music Thomas Christensen delivers a pre-concert lecture at 6:30pm.
Bach: Sonata in B minor, violin and harpsichord
Bach: Partita in D minor for solo violin
Bach: Partita in D major for solo harpsichord
Bach: Sonata in E major, violin and harpsichord