Ursula Sarnthein – Far From Alone CD
Bach’s Chaconne and folk music from Denmark? Biber’s Passacaglia and a Swiss «Scottish»? And all that for viola alone? Played on a very special instrument: the famous Stradivarius viola «Gibson» from 1743… When Ursula Sarnthein, violist in the Zurich Tonhalle Orchestra, began recording the famous Chaconne from Bach’s Partita in D minor, BWV 2004, in September 2020, she did not yet know exactly where the journey would take her. The goal was to record music that crossed the violist’s musical path and that touched her – and that she can play alone on the viola. And her viola is a very special instrument: it’s the famous “Gibson”, that Stradivari has built in 1734.