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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: 11 minutes 13 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 flat major, BWV1031
composer
early to mid-1730s; doubtful attribution

Allegro moderato  [4'03]
Siciliano  [2'09]
Allegro  [5'01]

Other recordings available for download
Lisa Beznosiuk (flute), Paul Nicholson (harpsichord/virginals)
Introduction  EnglishFrançaisDeutsch
The extent, if any, to which the Sonata in E flat major for flute and obbligato harpsichord, BWV1031, can be attributed to Bach remains in dispute. Probably dating from the early to mid-1730s this immediately appealing music may well be a joint venture of Bach himself and one or other of his two elder sons, perhaps Carl Philipp Emanuel. What is indisputable, however, is the high quality of its craftsmanship and its expressive charm. The opening ‘Allegro moderato’ is introduced by a delightful eight-bar melody played by the harpsichord, after which the flute enters with the main theme. The ‘Siciliano’ is rewardingly written for the flute, its musical substance recalling the first movement of Bach’s C minor violin sonata (BWV1017). In the spirited binary ‘Allegro’, with its repeated sections, there is effective interplay between the two upper parts, bringing this pleasing sonata to a lively conclusion.

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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