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Hyperion Records

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Track(s) taken from CDH55191
Recording details: April 1981
St Jude-on-the-Hill, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London, United Kingdom
Produced by Martin Compton
Engineered by Tony Faulkner
Release date: August 1989
Total duration: 17 minutes 1 seconds

Sonata No 5 in G major
Armonico Tributo, Salzburg, 1682

Allemanda  [2'39]
Adagio  [1'13]
Fuga  [1'34]
Adagio  [2'29]
Passacaglia  [9'06]

Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Sonata V is rather differently laid out from the other four Sonatas in that it does not start with a two-section Sonata, but with an expressive Allemanda. A complex fugue is then sandwiched between two Adagios, both of which again display the ‘walking’ bass and wonderful harmonic suspensions. The set ends with a magnificent Passacaglia containing twenty-five variations on a standard ground bass – related to the one used by Bach in the ‘Goldberg’ variations. Muffat was evidently pleased with this movement for he re-used it later in a modernized form at the end of his twelve concerti grossi of 1701.

from notes by Roy Goodman © 1981

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