JOHANN PAUL VON WESTHOFF (1656-1705): Partias I-VI for Solo Violin.
Catalogue Number: 05L021
Reference: A 354
Description: Arcana is now proved to be a still viable label with this brand-new release of suites, from 1696, which are the first multi-movement works in existence for solo violin - the first steps in the genre which would lead to Bach's masterpieces. Westhoff was clearly a brilliant violinist and these pieces remain rare not only because of the checkered history and quality of the sources but also because of their demands on left-hand technique. In July 2004 we offered performances on a modern violin. Gunar Letzbor (violin).