Mikhail Pochekin: Six Sonatas & Partitas by J. S. Bach BWV 1001-1006 – Live Concert!

mikhail_banner2.001Next Sunday May 26th 2019 at 7:00 pm, the Russian-Spanish violinist Mikhail Pochekin and former student at the prestigious Escuela Superior de Música Reina Sofía in Madrid will offer a recital at Ateneo de Madrid to present and celebrate his acclaimed double CD “J.S. Bach – 6 Sonatas & Partitas for violin solo BWV 1001-1006″ (tickets for just 5€). This is a unique opportunity for people visiting Madrid to enjoy the works of Johann Sebastian Bach performed by a violin virtuoso like Mikhail Pochekin.

Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)

Sonata no. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001
I. Adagio
II. Fuga
III. Siciliana
IV. Presto

Partita no. 2 in D minor, BWV 1004
I. Allemanda
II. Corrente
III. Sarabanda
IV. Giga
V. Ciaccona

Partita no. 3 in E major, BWV 1006
I. Preludio
II. Loure
III. Gavotte en Rondeau
IV. Menuet I
V. Menuet II
VI. Bore
VII. Giga

Awarded with the National Prize of Violin “Pablo Sarasate” in Madrid, Mikhail Pochekin has played as a soloist with great orchestras such as the Russian National Orchestra, the Mariinsky Theatre Orchestra, the Moscow Symphony Orchestra and the Swiss Sinfonieorchester Basel.

His double CD, released at the end of January 2019 on Solo Musica, has been acclaimed by different international newspapers such as the German Süddeutsche Zeitung (with reviews by such prominent critics as Harald Eggebrecht and Reinhard Brembeck) and different music magazines around Europe: Pizzicato, Concerti, Audio. In Spain, Mikhail Pochekin’s CD was recommended as “February No. 1″ by Ritmo, as “April 5 Stars” by Melómano and it has been praised by the prestigious classical music magazine Scherzo in May 2019. His double CD has also been highlighted as the best album of the week or the day by different radio stations such as ORF/Ö1 in Viena, Orpheus in Moscow, HR2 in Frankfurt or NDR-Kultur in Hamburg.

Over the first months of 2019, “J.S. Bach – 6 Sonatas & Partitas for Violin Solo BWV 1001-1006″ has been presented in concert in Berlin, Hamburg, Munich and Moscow. For the recording of this album, Mikhail Pochekin played a violin built by the famous Venetian luthier Francesco Gobetti in 1720.

You can find more information about Mikhail Pochekin here:

“I first met Mikhail Pochekin on a cold Sunday morning of snow in Madrid. It was back in February 2018 and I had to cover for the Spanish music magazine Scherzo Pochekin’s recital accompanied by the great pianist Yury Favorin —his Prokofiev’s interpretations have no equal— at Fundación Juan March. When the recital was over, I made for the artist’s dressing room and Mikhail, with those cat eyes of his, as profound as profound his music performances are, talked about his brother Ivan with admiration. They both had just recorded a CD and he gave me a copy as a present to listen to. And that was what I did: listening to it attentively and with delight. After some months touring around Russia and Europe, destiny made us meet again in Becerril de la Sierra, a little town near Madrid, Spain, where Pochekin’s parents have been living for some years already. Mikhail invited me to see his dad’s workshop. Yuri Pochekin is an internationally renowned luthier who has just turned 70 this year. Most of the violins with which the Pochekin brothers play at their recitals have come out of this little workshop. Mikhail Pochekin is a violinist of exciting musicality, impressive technique and deep musical insight; intelligent —he speaks Russian, Spanish, English and German—, friendly and enthusiastic. When it comes down to music, things are clear to him. One of his aims is to bring classical music closer to people of all walks of life.

Mikhail Pochekin’s most important project so far is Bach. He has just recorded the whole sonatas and partitas for violin by the German composer, which will be soon released as a double CD. Playing these works is a challenge for any violinist. And it has been a long and difficult way for Mikhail as well. He has been discovering his own voice over the years: “first you learn this extremely difficult pieces, then you make them your own and then your heart takes over them and the music grows within you”, he says. Mikhail thinks classical music will always stay with us: “Bach does not physically exist since 1750, but his music will exist as long as there are human beings on this planet Earth. We do not only enjoy music, music also makes us think about life, think about eternity. Somehow, we musicians are always playing eternity. And we people are especial thanks to artists like Bach, Mozart, Schubert, Shakespeare, Pushkin or Rafael. And this is what makes us different from animals.” – Michael Thallium

Here you are the official video recorded at St. Ludwig in Berlin-Wilmersdorf:

You, dear reader, if you have just read these lines, and if you ever have the chance to see Mikhail Pochekin play live, come up to him —don’t be shy— and talk to him, let his profound cat eyes take over you. You will see that behind the artist who plays eternity and moves you with sounds, there is also a human being like you and me, a human being who loves to talk with words, someone who is close and friendly.

Michael Thallium

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