Solo Violin...suggestions.

I know nothing about classical oriented music, and neither do my friends.

I did like the movie "the Red Violin" and have the soundtrack. I believe the score is done by someone named Joshua Bell, or is it John Corigliano (might be the composer). Anyhow, quite enjoying it.

Any suggestions along this vein? Must have recordings.. kinda like the violin equivalent of Pink Floyd's DSOTM.

Solo cello suggestions would be good too. Classical guitar.

GIDON KREMER Bach sonatas
Be careful. It starts innocently enough with Solo Violin, then a concerto or two - and then Cellos - and then maybe you start thinking what Double Bass would be like. And then you wake up one day on the couch surrounded by Contra Bassoon and Tuba CD's.

It's a slippery slope... :)

As to a DSOM of violin -
I would have to say a good version of Vivaldi's Four Season's (such as the Simon Standage and Trevor Pinnock) would be a good one.
A 2nd, and very different, possibility would be the Janacek string quartets. I would recommend the Jancek Quartet version, which has been called, "one of the most important chamber music recordings ever made." See here for info:
Geez - after all that, I forgot the Solo suggestions.

I would venture that the Bach Sonatas and Partitas closest to being a DSOTM equivalent is Georges Enesco playing. It's not exactly audiophile, but it's very unique in it's emotional content.

Cello - Absolutely no doubt. This IS the DSOTM of Cello here: