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A young woman in a Russian hat, holding a book (detail) by Pietro Antonio Rotari (1707-1762)
Sotheby’s Picture Library
Track(s) taken from CDA67897
Recording details: December 2011
Jesus-Christus-Kirche, Berlin, Germany
Produced by Ludger Böckenhoff
Engineered by Ludger Böckenhoff
Release date: February 2013
Total duration: 14 minutes 51 seconds

'Oliva's modern silver flute has a glorious shimmering quality and an even tone … the combination of these two sensitive artists creates some memorable moments. Best is the Sonata No 1 in B minor with its meditative opening, each part drifting in, its harmony wandering as if at will, duplets gently merging into triplets and back again. The simplicity of the slow movement is entrancing … Oliva's breath-control is astonishing, Hewitt's clean articulation exemplary … this is an inspired modern-instrument take on Bach' (BBC Music Magazine)

'Beyond doubt … are the taste and poise of these performances by Angela Hewitt and Andrea Oliva. The cream of the crop is perhaps Bach's B minor Sonata BWV1030, but the entire set is a cornucopia of lithe invention' (The Daily Telegraph)

'Oliva … is evidently an outstanding player … Hewitt is a model of discretion and elegance' (The Guardian)

'Andrea Oliva and Angela Hewitt relish the flowing nature of such delightful pieces, always bringing a gentle lilt and lift to the proceedings … devotees of counterpoint will not be disappointed either, and will relish Hewitt's ability to point up canons and imitative effects in the keyboard parts, as well as her always refined use of staccato … Oliva's elegance of phrasing and breath control are everywhere exemplary' (International Record Review)

Sonata in E minor, BWV1034
composer
circa 1726

Allegro  [2'44]
Andante  [3'57]
Allegro  [4'49]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Sonata in E minor for flute and continuo, BWV1034, is probably a product of Bach’s early Leipzig years. Bach’s autograph of the piece is lost but the earliest surviving material dates from circa 1726. Perhaps the first-composed of his flute sonatas, it alludes to the older formal scheme of the Italian sonata ‘da chiesa’. The opening ‘Adagio ma non tanto’ contains an expansive, pleasingly shaped melody in a single unrepeated section. The following ‘Allegro’ derives interest and energy from a progression of arpeggios of a kind favoured by Venetian violinist-composers. The emphasis in this movement is on virtuosity, though never for its own sake. The melody of the lyrical ‘Andante’ is anchored to an almost uninterrupted quaver accompaniment in the bass betraying, once more, strong Italian leanings. The highly motivated concluding ‘Allegro’ is binary and introduced by a single crotchet in the bass. Like the second movement, this one requires technical virtuosity.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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'Bach: The Complete Flute Sonatas & the attributions' (CDD22077)
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