For the follow-up to his debut Deutsche Grammophon album Journey East, a colourful collection of classical masterpieces and Balkan folk melodies, Serbian violinist Nemanja Radulović strikes out in a new direction, exploring the roots of Western classical music and dedicated to works by Johann Sebastian Bach and his son Johann Christian.

Nemanja has recorded a unique and highly personal selection of works by Bach, collaborating with Serbian composer-conductor Aleksandar Sedlar and the ensemble Double Sens in new arrangements of such famous pieces as the “Air on the G String”, the great Chaconne and the Toccata and Fugue in D minor.

Says Nemanja: “I’ve always felt a connection with Bach and his music. I knew it was very important on a recording like this to work with someone who knows me and knows the ensemble. That person is Aleksandar Sedlar, and he’s made an arrangement of the Chaconne that forms the last movement of Bach’s Partita No. 2 for solo violin. His version is written for chamber orchestra and reveals a very different set of harmonic possibilities. When you play the original, you can hear the harmonies in your head, but Aleksandar’s arrangement offers another vision of the work, showing that Bach’s music has endless possibilities.”