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Bach: Musicalisches Opfer (Musical Offering) / Ensemble Aurora; Enrico Gatti

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  1. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 3 $0.99 on iTunes
  2. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon perpetuus super Thema Regium $0.99 on iTunes
  3. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon 1 a 2, Canon cancrizans $0.99 on iTunes
  4. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon 2 a 2 Violini in unisono $0.99 on iTunes
  5. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon 3 a 2 per Motum contrarium $0.99 on iTunes
  6. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon 4 a 2 per Augmentationem, contrario Motu $0.99 on iTunes
  7. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon 5 a 2, Canon circularis per Tonos $0.99 on iTunes
  8. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Fuga canonica in Epidiapente $0.99 on iTunes
  9. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Ricercar a 6 $0.99 on iTunes
  10. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079, Quaerendo invenietis: Canon a 2 $0.99 on iTunes
  11. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079, Quaerendo invenietis: Canon a 4 $0.99 on iTunes
  12. Bach — Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: Canon perpetuus $0.99 on iTunes
  13. Bach — Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021: I. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  14. Bach — Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021: II. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  15. Bach — Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021: III. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  16. Bach — Violin Sonata in G Major, BWV 1021: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes
  17. Bach — Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: I. Largo $0.99 on iTunes
  18. Bach — Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: II. Vivace $0.99 on iTunes
  19. Bach — Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: III. Adagio $0.99 on iTunes
  20. Bach — Flute Sonata in G Major, BWV 1038: IV. Presto $0.99 on iTunes

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Musical Offering, BWV 1079
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for violin & continuo in G major, BWV 1021
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1038
Conductor Ensemble Composer

Notes & Reviews:

Whereas The Art of the Fugue remains wrapped in respectful veneration and an aura of mystery, the contemporary Musical Offering has acquired relatively longstanding popularity. This is somewhat paradoxical, however, as the work is no less complex, and its overall architecture raises just as many questions. In 1980, the musicologist Ursula Kirkendale was able to show that the various pieces of the Musical Offering are organized exactly like the various constituent parts of the discourse according to Quintilian's ancient treatise on oratorical art. Taking his cue from this hypothesis, Enrico Gatti presents this cryptic masterpiece with his Ensemble Aurora, here composed of his brother Marcello (flute) and two artists well known to the Arcana catalogue: cellist Gaetano Nasillo and harpsichordist Guido Morini, leader of the Accordone ensemble. Also included on this disc is the Sonata BWV 1021 (for violin and basso continuo) and its arrangement as Trio Sonata BWV 1038 (for flute, violin and continuo).

American Record Guide, September/October 2015
This release does add two extra sonatas - works often considered either dubious or by one of the Bach sons: one in G for solo violin and continuo (S 1021), where Enrico Gatti's tone, phrasing, and ornamentation are excellent, and the G major trio-sonata for scordatura violin, flute, and continuo (S 1038), which is just as well performed. My highest recommendation is still for the Ricercar Consort, this new release is an interesting interpretation of the unwieldy set of pieces that Bach sent to Frederick the Great.

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: The Upper Dormitory of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (11/27/1999-12/01/1999).



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Musical Offering, BWV 1079
  • Conductor: Enrico Gatti
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Aurora
  • Notes: The Upper Dormitory of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (11/27/1999-12/01/1999)
  • Running Time: 44 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 05/1747-07/1747

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Sonata for violin & continuo in G major, BWV 1021
  • Conductor: Enrico Gatti
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Aurora
  • Notes: The Upper Dormitory of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (11/27/1999-12/01/1999)
  • Running Time: 8 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732-1733

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1038
  • Conductor: Enrico Gatti
  • Ensemble: Ensemble Aurora
  • Notes: The Upper Dormitory of the Royal Abbey of Fontevraud (11/27/1999-12/01/1999)
  • Running Time: 7 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1732-1735