Called by PBS NewsHour's Ray Suarez "a mandolin virtuoso who defies musical boundaries," MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile was inspired by Glenn Gould's Bach recordings to explore the Sonata No. 1 in G minor, BWV 1001; Partita No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1002 (both written for solo violin); and Sonata No. 2 in A minor, BWV 1003. "His timing is meticulous" observes The New Yorker, "but his version also has the liveliness that improvising musicians sometimes can bring to written material."
"This is extraordinary playing from an extraordinary musician who is willing to stretch stylistic and technical boundaries to further his art while paying homage to one of the greatest composers of all time."—Gramophone
"The most remarkable mandolinist in the world."—The Independent
"The playing goes from heavenly and sublime to technical and outstanding and never loses one's concentration. Somehow it is effortless to listen to, a testament not only to the composer but also to the arranger and player. Four stars."—Epoch Times