Critic’s Choice

Tue Jan 17, 2017 at 2:00 pm

Isabelle Faust has recorded Bach’s complete set of six sonatas and partitas for solo violin, on two discs released in 2010 and 2012. Last year harmonia mundi reissued those recordings as a reduced-price box set, which is a fine example of how procrastination can be rewarded if you have not acquired them yet. The German violinist, who had to cancel her appearance at the Phillips Collection in 2015, will make her belated debut on the museum’s Sunday concert series this weekend.

Her program will be identical to the first of her Bach recordings, with the second and third solo partitas paired with the third solo sonata.

No matter how you feel about the Presidential Inauguration this week, this could be the ideal stress reliever after those high-profile events.

Isabelle Faust plays Bach 4 p.m. January 22 at the Phillips Collection.


Washington Performing Arts hosts its latest performance by the Philadelphia Orchestra next week. Yannick Nézet-Séguin will conduct the complete score of Stravinsky’s Petrouchka. On the first half Louis Lortie will be soloist in Chopin’s First Piano Concerto.

The Philadelphia Orchestra performs 8 p.m. Tuesday, January 24, in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall.; 202-467-4600.

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