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Track(s) taken from CKD275
Recording details: October 2005
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 11 minutes 57 seconds

'The much-loved Palladian exuberance bursts forth in two Leipzig chorales, silvery high recorder clearly differentiated from violin, and Rodolfo Richter provides a refreshing change of timbre with a solo violin sonata, BWV1021. There are magical colours elsewhere too: the dark chromatic line of low recorder in 'Das alte Jahr', the gamba obbligato of 'Wachet auf' with recorder chorale melody, quieter than most organists would register it, but nonetheless highly effective' (BBC Music Magazine) » More

'Before I listened to it, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this recording, which is of mainly well-known music by Bach transcribed and arranged by the Ensemble themselves for the 'wrong' instruments, but I was totally convinced by the lovely performances on this CD … perfect music for Easter, or indeed any other time' (Early Music Review) » More

'Two months ago I bumped into a group of people at the Perth Festival who were emerging from a morning recital by the Palladian Ensemble which had included much of the music on this CD, their latest. The folk had stars in their eyes, and, as one of them said to me—rather memorably—'balm in the soul'. What the wonderful Palladian group had played included a perhaps unlikely set of transcriptions of some of Bach's chorales, superbly and effectively arranged for recorder, violin, viola da gamba and guitar. These featured several of the best-known chorales, including 'Wachet auf' and the Leipzig. The discreet intimacy that is evoked in this music, and in the Trio Sonatas that feature on the disc, makes for the most exquisite private listening experience and outlines, with indisputable clarity, why the Palladian Ensemble is just about peerless in this repertoire' (The Herald)

Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039
composer
circa 1740 ?

Adagio  [3'23]
Adagio e piano  [2'19]
Presto  [2'50]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039, is one of only two such trios with flute for which Bach’s authorship is secure—the other is that belonging to the Musical Offering (BWV1079). The present work, for two flutes and continuo, provided Bach with the material for his Sonata for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord in G major (BWV1027). The surviving autograph of the latter indicates a date of circa 1740 but, though the Trio Sonata with flutes may belong to the same period, it too possibly derives from an earlier version, perhaps for two violins. As the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff has justly remarked, neither version should be considered merely as an arrangement but understood rather as different means of expressing the same idea. The first movement is a lyrical ‘Adagio’ whose aria-like melody is at once appealing. The ‘Allegro ma non presto’ is a fugal piece, comparably engaging for its principal theme which is treated in various ways, and with virtuosity. The brief ‘Adagio e piano’ is wistfully expressive, providing an effective contrast with the energetic ‘Presto’ whose three-voice fugal exposition is intricate and exhilarating.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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