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Bach: Complete Flute Sonatas / Emmanuel Pahud, Trevor Pinnock

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for flute & continuo in E minor, BWV 1034
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E major, BWV 1035
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1030
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1032
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in G minor, H. 542.5 (also attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 1020)
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for 2 flutes & continuo in G major, BWV 1039
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Notes & Reviews:

Swiss-French flautist Emmanuel Pahud, named "one of the finds of the decade" by Gramophone Magazine, is one of today's most exciting and adventurous musicians. Appointed Principal Flute for the Berliner Philharmoniker aged just 22, his solo albums have sold over 400,000 copies worldwide, including a Mozart Concertos disc that has sold over 70,000 units. Pahud now explores the genius of Johann Sebastian Bach in a 2-CD release featuring all of Bach's flute sonatas. These works were written between about 1720 and 1741 at a time when the recorder was being superseded by the transverse flute, and are a celebration by Bach of the technical and expressive qualities and tonal colors this new instrument offered him.

Gramophone Magazine
This is a recording of great skill and refinement which should give considerable pleasure. ... Pahud never forces the sound and maintains an evenly controlled tone at all times, with no tightening on high notes or straining on low ones.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
Bach flute sonata recordings on modern instruments are not unknown but a 'complete' set of all seven authentic and doubtful works, plus the Sonata for two flutes and continuo (better known as the G major Gamba Sonata), is bit of a rarity. That said, we can be glad that the excellent Emmanuel Pahud is the one to have taken up the challenge, for this is a recording of great skill and refinement which should give considerable pleasure. He has teamed up with distinguished Baroque-specialising partners to achieve results that are technically assured and stylistically confident.

The most immediately attractive feature of these performances is their touching and gentle beauty; Pahud never forces the sound and maintains an evenly controlled tone at all times, with no tightening on high notes or straining on low ones. It is true that he is without the constant subtle shadings possible on a Baroque wooden flute, but for the most part Pahud's playing shows a sensitive concern for detailed and enlivening articulation without being slave to it, and a keen sense of the music's greater rise and fall, revealed in some drowsily relaxed slow movements. The recording is not generous to the harpsichord, which, while crisply caressed as ever by Pinnock, is too far back to contribute as meaningfully as it should in the sonatas where it has an obbligato role equal to the flute's, and neither is there any great sweetening of sound for compensation. But this is fine stuff nevertheless.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for flute & continuo in E minor, BWV 1034
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1724

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E major, BWV 1035
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1741

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1030
  • Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 16 min. 49 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1737

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1032
  • Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033
  • Performers: Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031
  • Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 35 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730-1734

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for violin & keyboard in G minor, H. 542.5 (also attributed to J.S. Bach as BWV 1020)
  • Performers: Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: by 1735

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for 2 flutes & continuo in G major, BWV 1039
  • Performers: Silvia Careddu (Flute); Silvia Careddu (Flute); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Jonathan Manson [Cello/Viola da gamba] (Cello); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Emmanuel Pahud (Flute); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord); Trevor Pinnock (Harpsichord)
  • Notes: Teldex Studio, Berlin, Germany (01/16/2008-01/20/2008)
  • Running Time: 11 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1736-1741