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Chris Thile: Bach On Mandolin

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Chris Thile performs in the Soundcheck studio. Chris Thile performs in the Soundcheck studio. (Michael Katzif / WNYC)

Chris Thile plays well with others. hHe came into prominence thanks to his fiery and virtuosic mandolin playing with Nickel Creek, and since then he's performed as part of the band the Punch Brothers, as a duo with guitarist Michael Daves, and with the all-star cast of musicians behind The Goat Rodeo Sessions, including Edgar Meyer, Stuart Duncan, and cellist Yo Yo Ma.

But on his latest recording, Bach: Sonatas and Partitas, Vol. 1, Thile stands alone, translating the works of Bach — originally composed for solo violin -- with exceptional precision on mandolin.

J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, I. Adagio


J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, II. Fuga Allegro



J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G Minor, BWV 1001: III. Siciliana



J.S. Bach: Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001, IV. Presto



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Comments [7]


Chris Thile - Bach on the mandolin - BACH & friends

Nov. 06 2013 10:19 AM
Racheli from Israel

The moving Bach Music, so beautifully played on the Mandoline.

Nov. 02 2013 03:48 AM

Chris Thile - playing Bach on the mandolin

Aug. 20 2013 02:52 PM
Will from NYC Area.

2nd Don Ross Link was supposed to be to his forums where he cites the pickup directly!

Also, there is a Noticeable Hum on your recordings.

-Especially for parts 2 & 3.

I guess you guys should have first done a ...

wait for it...

Sound Check!



Aug. 16 2013 04:50 AM
Will from NYC Area

I watched a few of Chris playing Bach on YouTube at open-air events, or ones with large crowds.

-Ones that were DESPAIRINGLY Less Quiet than these vids,

And the only thing I could thinks was: "LOOUUUUDERRRR, CHRIS!!!!!!!!!!"

-PLEASE-, somebody scrape together a PayPal Tip Jar & get this guy an LR Baggs Lyric, or a K&K Quantum Trinity Mini , , like the one Don Ross uses,, on "Crazy" here: ,


I would really like to ACTUALLY HEAR what Chris is playing!

He's losing out on a lot of those mid-volume & soft-volume notes.


Aug. 14 2013 11:42 PM
Leah Muniz from Oklahoma

Thank you!! Perfection for this rainy day

Aug. 12 2013 12:58 PM
Roland Kausen from Cleveland, OH

Found out about the Chris Thile Soundcheck In Studio performance on Twitter 5 minutes before its scheduled start @ 2:00 this PM. Sadly, could not access the performance on my iPod Touch - the indicated link/media-player icon never materialized. When will I be able to listen to the archived performance?

Aug. 08 2013 05:21 PM

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