Listeners looking for an exercise in virtuosity may find Janine Jansen's 2007 Bach
recording a disappointment; the serious nature of the program precludes showboating. But listeners hoping that Jansen had more musical individuality to offer than was revealed in her early recordings of standard violin showpieces may find this recording a wonderful surprise.
In the "Inventions," Jansen is an equal partner with violist Maxim Rysanov
and cellist Torleif Thedéen
in performances of wit, feeling, and subtle grace. In the "Partita" and especially its excruciatingly ecstatic Chaconne, Jansen delivers consummate musicality and surpassing emotional honesty. Decca's sound is close and evocative.