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Violinist Lana Trotovšek joins Tenebrae’s quartet of Associate Artists in this special performance of Bach’s Partita No. 2 in D minor. This work is unusual in its inclusion of a substantial Chaconne as its final movement – something which confounded musicologists for years. Professor Helga Thoene has suggested that the Partita was intended as a homage to Bach’s first wife, Maria Barbara, who had died unexpectedly while Bach was away in Karlsbad, and that the Chaconne is based on a number of funeral melodies from the Lutheran church. Here, the movements of the Partita are interspersed with chorales before Tenebrae’s Associate Artists join Lana in the Chaconne to bring out its hidden melodies.

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J. S. Bach:
Ach Herr, laß dein lieb Engelein
Partita No. 2 in D minor – Allemande
Partita No. 2 in D minor – Courante
Christ lag in Todesbanden
Partita No. 2 in D minor – Sarabande
Den Tod niemand zwingen kunnt
Partita No. 2 in D minor – Gigue
Wenn ich einmal soll scheiden
Partita No.2 in D minor – Ciaconna with chorale themes


Associate Artists