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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: 12 minutes 39 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 major, BWV1035
composer
? 1741

Allegro  [3'06]
Siciliano  [3'41]
Allegro assai  [3'15]

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Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
Bach wrote the Sonata in E major for flute and continuo, BWV1035, during the last decade of his life. A nineteenth-century copy—no autograph has survived—suggests that the piece was written in 1741, when Bach made the first of two visits to Berlin, at the request of Frederick II’s chamberlain, Michael Gabriel Fredersdorf, who like his employer, was a keen amateur flautist. The work begins with an ‘Adagio ma non tanto’ whose expressive language calls to mind the sensitive inflections of the north German Empfindsamer Stil. The lively ‘Allegro’ which follows is binary and straightforwardly argued. The ‘Siciliano’ in C sharp minor is a subtler piece whose initial melody is echoed by the bass line but with some arresting harmonic progressions. The concluding ‘Allegro assai’ is introduced by a playful theme on the flute. This is broken off, briefly, while the bass, in a flurry of semiquavers, finishes the phrase on its own. Then the flute resumes the melody, maintaining its predominance to the close.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002


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