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Bach: Gamba Sonatas

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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in D major, Wq 137/H 559

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in D major, Wq 137/H 559
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Notes & Reviews:

BBC Music Magazine
Angela Hewitt joins the equally period-sensitive Daniel Müller-Schott in performances which lead the field for performances on cello and piano.

Gramophone Classical Music Guide
From the moment the cello starts its suave tread over the piano's gently rising bass and sustained right-hand trill at the beginning of the G major Sonata, you know this is going to be a disc to sit back and enjoy. Daniel Müller-Schott and Angela Hewitt may have substituted modern instruments for the viola da gamba and harpsichord Bach had in mind but nothing in this superb music's original character has been lost - this is as clear-textured and as vividly articulated a performance as you could hope to hear. Indeed, it has gained much by the sheer musical feeling and intelligence that these two players have put into it, aided by extra warmth from Müller-Schott's cello (achieved without resorting to excessive vibrato) and from the delicate dynamic subtleties of Hewitt's piano-playing. There are some memorable moments here.

Architecturally, too, they consistently get things just right. With a perfect balance between instruments, this is playing which gives nothing but a glow of pleasure, that not even what sounds like some weary tuning at the piano's top end can dispel.

All Bach gamba sonata discs need a filler, and the choice here is a sonata by CPE Bach, rather more romantically drawn by Müller-Schott and with a continuo accompaniment less well suited to the piano. But then this disc is worth your money for the JS alone.

Gramophone Magazine
With a perfect balance between instruments, this is playing which gives nothing but a glow of pleasure.



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>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027
  • Performers: Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello); Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavaria Musikstudio (07/18/2006-07/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028
  • Performers: Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello); Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavaria Musikstudio (07/18/2006-07/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 13 min. 54 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
  • Performers: Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello); Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavaria Musikstudio (07/18/2006-07/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1720

>Bach, Carl Philipp Emanuel : Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Basso Continuo in D major, Wq 137/H 559
  • Performers: Daniel Müller-Schott (Cello); Angela Hewitt (Piano)
  • Notes: Bavaria Musikstudio (07/18/2006-07/21/2006)
  • Running Time: 12 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Written: 1746