November 29, 2022

Arabella Steinbacher presents Bach & Pärt

Pentatone releases Bach & Pärt with the violinist Arabella Steinbacher in February 2023.

Personal Double-Portrait of Two Sacred and Spiritual Composers

Arabella Steinbacher presents works for violin and orchestra by Johann Sebastian Bach and Arvo Pärt. Bach’s violin concertos have had a very special significance for Steinbacher ever since hearing the A Minor Concerto at the age of four, an experience that made her decide to become a musician. This seminal work is performed here alongside the E Major Violin Concerto and the Double Concerto in D Minor. The Bach concertos are framed by two of Arvo Pärt’s most profound and enigmatic pieces: Fratres and Spiegel im Spiegel. Bach and Pärt may be centuries apart, but for Steinbacher, they have a spiritual and sacred origin in common, and their music resonates deeply with her.

The slow movement from Bach’s A Minor Concerto was the reason that, at the age of four, I knew I wanted to play the violin for the rest of my life. Of course, I had no idea at the time what that would really mean — but I was so overwhelmed by the beauty and depth of Bach’s music that there was no question for me: I simply had to become a musician!

For me, Pärt’s music represents our human nature, the inner struggle that we must deal with repeatedly throughout our lives. From the quiet beginning, “Fratres” which increases to absolute ecstasy… and suddenly time stands still, the feeling of eternity arises.

As different as Bach and Pärt may be, they have a spiritual and sacred origin in common. Their music takes me back to myself and brings me peace every time I hear or play it.

Arabella Steinbacher

Digital Release Date: 10 FEBRUARY 2023

Physical Release: FEBRUARY 2023

Released as 1 CD and in digital formats for streaming and high-resolution downloads.