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Track(s) taken from CKD415

Sonata in B flat major, ZWV181/3

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Ensemble Marsyas, Monica Huggett (violin)
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Recording details: August 2011
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
Release date: September 2012
Total duration: 15 minutes 11 seconds

Cover artwork: A procession of Swiss guards after Cuyck (1752).
The Trustees of the British Museum
 
1
Adagio  [3'27]
2
Allegro  [4'02]
3
Largo  [2'55]
4

Reviews

'The Ensemble Marsyas impresses me with their nimble fingers in the breakneck Sonata No 5, but it's the group's nuance that's transfixing. When textures become sparse, delivery intensifies; when the line expands, the tempo stretches; when counterpoint thickens, articulation is leavened. The players are audibly intelligent, at once humorous and illuminating. Non-interventionist engineering shows that less can be more when the artists are first rate … the players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart' (BBC Music Magazine)
The score of Sonata III in B flat is set out on three staves marked Violino; Hautbois; Basson. However, figures appear below the bassoon stave towards the end of the first movement, and also at the opening bars of the final movement – an indication that an instrument capable of playing chords was also required for this work. This is the only sonata in the set to include the violin as a soloist. Sonata III, comprising four contrasting movements, opens with an Adagio followed by a three-voiced fugal Allegro. The third movement is a Siciliano to be played in a broad style (Largo), while the conclusion is an extended dance-like movement.

from notes by Janice B Stockigt 2012

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