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Bach: Flute Sonatas / Paula Robison, John Gibbons

Album Summary

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 3 in D minor, BWV 527
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 4 in E minor, BWV 528
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 2 in C minor, BWV 526
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Notes & Reviews:

This remarkable recording features a spirited and eloquent interpretation by Paula Robison and John Gibbons of the six Trio Sonatas, BWV525-530 by J.S. Bach. The Sonatas, completed and compiled in Leipzig from 1727-1729, are unique among the vast literature (over 250 works) that Bach composed for the organ. Their light, almost translucent texture and freely flowing ideas set them apart from the far more dramatic organ works of Bach 's youth. But like so many of his compositions, the Trio Sonatas balance supreme intellectual vivacity and the sublime. These works offer a perfect vehicle for what Ms. Robison considers her "fusion" style, utilizing elements of early music performance practice on the modern flute. As a player schooled in the romantic style, she nevertheless seeks out the clarity of a score, giving it a direct, uncluttered expression. These pieces have a universality and timeless quality which inspired C.P.E. Bach to write of them, in 1788, that they "will outlive all revolutions of fashion in music." This recording bears out his opinion as well as that of Johann Nicolaus Forkel, who commented on them in his groundbreaking biography of Bach in 1802: "It is impossible to say enough of their beauty."



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Works Details

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530
  • Performers: John Gibbons (Harpsichord); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (09/06/1996-09/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 27 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 3 in D minor, BWV 527
  • Performers: John Gibbons (Harpsichord); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (09/06/1996-09/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 19 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529
  • Performers: John Gibbons (Harpsichord); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (09/06/1996-09/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 14 min. 13 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 4 in E minor, BWV 528
  • Performers: John Gibbons (Harpsichord); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (09/06/1996-09/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 6 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525
  • Performers: John Gibbons (Harpsichord); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (09/06/1996-09/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 10 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730

>Bach, Johann Sebastian : Trio Sonata for Organ no 2 in C minor, BWV 526
  • Performers: John Gibbons (Harpsichord); Paula Robison (Flute)
  • Notes: Jordan Hall, New England Conservatory, Boston, MA (09/06/1996-09/08/1996)
  • Running Time: 9 min. 32 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1730