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J.H. Roman (1694-1758): The 12 Flute Sonatas / Dan Laurin, recorder; Paradiso Musicale

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  1. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BeRI 201: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BeRI 201: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BeRI 201: III. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BeRI 201: IV. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 1 in G Major, BeRI 201: V. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 202: I. Vivace - Adagio - Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 202: II. A tempo giusto $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 202: III. Larghetto - Andante - Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 2 in D Major, BeRI 202: IV. Non presto $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, BeRI 203: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, BeRI 203: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, BeRI 203: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, BeRI 203: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 3 in C Minor, BeRI 203: V. Alla francese. Con spirito $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 4 in G Major, BeRI 204: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 4 in G Major, BeRI 204: II. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 4 in G Major, BeRI 204: III. Larghetto $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 4 in G Major, BeRI 204: IV. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 4 in G Major, BeRI 204: V. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 4 in G Major, BeRI 204: VI. Non presto $0.99 on iTunes
  21. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: I. Lento $0.99 on iTunes
  22. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: II. — $0.99 on iTunes
  23. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: III. Grave $0.99 on iTunes
  24. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: IV. Allegro $0.99 on iTunes
  25. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: V. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  26. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: VI. Andante $0.99 on iTunes
  27. Roman — Flute Sonata No. 5 in E Minor, BeRI 205: VII. — $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 1 in G major, BeRI 201
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 2 in D major, BeRI 202
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 3 in C minor, BeRI 203
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 4 in G major, BeRI 204
>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 5 in E minor, BeRI 205
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Notes & Reviews:

In Stockholm during Johan Helmich Roman's lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument, used throughout the social spectrum - including the Royal music establishment for which the composer was responsible. The transverse flute, on the other hand, was generally the preserve of the upper classes - the nobility and bourgeosie. Possibly this higher status contributed to Roman's choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso, violone e cembalo that he presented to Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger on her birthday in 1727. But that hasn't stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin to take up his countryman's sonatas on his own instrument. In a text included in the CD booklet, Laurin explains his fascination with Roman's music: 'complex emotional contexts are contrasted with folk music forms such as the villanella or piva - the music is asymmetrical, irregular and full of unexpected twists, sudden pauses and cadences.' In it, Laurin hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there 1715-1721. Especially striking he finds Roman's affinity with the music of Naples - a music that challenged the stylistic ideals of the baroque. With his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin therefore opts for an Italianate slant - different continuo settings, ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar, provide great variety in realizations characterized by bold and striking harmonizations.

American Record Guide, July/August 2015
Johan Helmich Roman was a well-traveled composer and brought back to his native Sweden a deep knowledge of the Italian style, some of it gained while playing violin in London with Handel. The 12 sonatas for transverse flute or violin and harpsichord are his only published work and perhaps the first such collection published in Sweden. On this new release, part of a continuing collection of chamber and solo works by Roman, Dan Laurin plays the first five sonatas from the collection on a voice-flute (a recorder pitched in D like the baroque flute). Laurin is among the best contemporary recorder players, and has recorded the complete unaccompanied recorder works of Jacob van Eyck (Nov/Dec 1999 & Nov/Dec 2007) and "flute" sonatas by Handel (Sept/Oct 1999). I have consistently found his interpretations to be both accomplished and subtle. The Italian style of these sonatas leaves a great deal of room for the performers to add extra embellishments and changes of tempo, and Laurin and his colleagues are masters of this improvisational manner. I am an aficionado of period instruments, I find that Laurin has a much richer, more varied palette that Fischer. This is a recording to just listen to and enjoy, and to relish the excitement of the Italian style.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Petruskyrkan, Stocksund, Sweden.



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>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 1 in G major, BeRI 201
  • Performers: Dan Laurin (Recorder); Mats Olofsson (Cello); Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Paradiso Musicale
  • Running Time: 14 min. 31 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 2 in D major, BeRI 202
  • Performers: Dan Laurin (Recorder); Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Paradiso Musicale
  • Running Time: 10 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 3 in C minor, BeRI 203
  • Performers: Dan Laurin (Recorder); Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Paradiso Musicale
  • Running Time: 12 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 4 in G major, BeRI 204
  • Performers: Dan Laurin (Recorder); Mats Olofsson (Cello); Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Paradiso Musicale
  • Running Time: 14 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727

>Roman, Johan Helmich : Sonata for flute, cello & harpsichord no 5 in E minor, BeRI 205
  • Performers: Dan Laurin (Recorder); Mats Olofsson (Cello); Anna Paradiso (Harpsichord)
  • Ensemble: Paradiso Musicale
  • Running Time: 13 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1727