Magna Sequentia II Sonia Rubinsky

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Label: Naxos

Genre: Classical

Subgenre: Instrumental

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  • Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750):
  • 1Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 (Excerpts): I. Overture14:37
  • 2Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 (Excerpts): II. Courante02:19
  • 3French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: I. Allemande04:52
  • 4Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: III. Corrente01:49
  • 5English Suite No. 3 in G Minor, BWV 808: II. Allemande05:19
  • 6Keyboard Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828: III. Courante04:03
  • 7Suite in F Minor, BWV 823: II. Sarabande en rondeau04:37
  • 8French Suite No. 1 in D Minor, BWV 812: III. Sarabande04:42
  • 9Keyboard Partita No. 5 in G Major, BWV 829: V. Tempo di minuetto02:03
  • 10Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 (Excerpts): IV. Passepied I & II03:11
  • 11Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 (Excerpts): VI. Bourrée I & II03:03
  • 12French Suite No. 6 in E Major, BWV 817: V. Polonaise01:39
  • 13Keyboard Partita No. 3 in A Minor, BWV 827: VI. Scherzo01:18
  • 14English Suite No. 6 in D Minor, BWV 811: VI. Gavottes I & II04:54
  • 15Keyboard Partita No. 4 in D Major, BWV 828: VII. Gigue03:42
  • 16Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 (Excerpts): VII. Gigue02:54
  • 17Overture in the French Style, BWV 831 (Excerpts): VIII. Echo03:16
  • Total Runtime01:08:18

Info for Magna Sequentia II

Sonia Rubinsky’s Magna Sequentia I (8.574026) was constructed around a Partita from Bach’s Clavier-Übung I but this second volume focuses on the French Overture from Clavier-Übung II. Each of the 17 movements has been selected to illustrate the different styles and expressive moods of Bach’s dance writing. This unique sequence showcases three specific national styles: the ornate and sophisticated French school, virtuosic Italian writing, and the stricter fugal writing of the German style. Contemporary insights abound in Rubinsky’s historically informed playing.

Sonia Rubinsky, piano

Sonia Rubinsky
Born in Brazil to a Polish mother and a Lithuanian father, Sonia Rubinsky began her musical studies in the Conservatory of Music of Campinas with Olga Rizzardo Normanha. A child prodigy, she gave her first recital at the age of five and a half years and, at age of 12, she performed as soloist with orchestra. From the age of 13 she studied in Israel at the Rubin Academy in Jerusalem, now called The Jerusalem Academy of Music and Dance. At the age of 16, she played for Arthur Rubinstein who praised her temperament.

Among the musicians who have helped shape Rubinsky’s artistry were: Jacob Lateiner, Gina Bachauer, Claude Frank, Leon Fleisher, Benjamin Oren, William Daghlian, Irma Wolpe, Vlado Perlemuter and Murray Perahia.

Rubinsky won a full scholarship to The Juilliard School of Music in New York where she earned her Master’s and Doctor of Arts. As a recitalist she has appeared in the most prestigious concert halls in the world: Carnegie Hall (Stern/Perelman Stage, Weill Recital Hall), Alice Tully Hall, Bargemusic, Merkin Concert Hall, Miller Theater, Hertz Hall in the United States, Maison de Radio France in Paris, Sala São Paulo and Teatro Municipal de São Paulo in Brazil, Recanati Hall in and the Jerusalem Theater in Israel and AGA-Zaal in Netherlands.

Rubinsky has played concerti with orchestras in the US and her native Brazil including the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, and symphony orchestras throughout the United States including Richmond, Springfield, Syracuse, Jacksonville, Cheyenne, Phoenix orchestras, as well as the Symphony Orchestra of São Paulo (OSESP), the Symphony Orchestra of the University of São Paulo (OSUSP), the Orchestra of the Teatro Municipal de São Paulo and the Orchestra of the Teatro Municipal do Rio de Janeiro. She has also performed with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra in Israel and the Orchestre de Saint Etienne in France.

Booklet for Magna Sequentia II

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