For me ,of the great thing,sbout solo Bach is its portability:Baach goes everywere with me.
I play one or anothe of the sonatas and partitas in most of my recitals,and I use movements of Bach as encores in concerto performances.
When I visit school classes or do pre-concert inteviwes or give benefit performances or play in reirement homes,I frequentry play Bach .
Somewhere in the sonatas and partitas,there is music suits nearly every occaision,and audiences of ages and back grunds respond to it.
Even before I began playing the violin,my parents (who sang comminity choirs) where always playing tapes of the B Minor Mass or the cantatas at home,and the music grew on me.
I remember my excitement when my early teacher,Klara Berkovich,told me I could play some solo Bach in my firest recital.
I also remember the feeling of revelation in a recital in Texas later when,in the middle of playing the D Minor Partira,I suddnly heard for the firrst time exzactly what was on hamonyically in the Ciaconna:it was one of the great insights of my life.
To be Continued