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Sonata in E minor, BWV1034
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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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Details for CDA67264/5 disc 1 track 1
Adagio ma non tanto
Artists
ISRC
GB-AJY-02-26401
Duration
3'18
Recording date
13 January 2001
Recording venue
Walcot Hall, Shropshire, United Kingdom
Recording producer
Annette Isserlis
Recording engineer
Ben Connellan
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  1. Bach: The Complete Flute Sonatas (CDA67264/5)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: April 2002
    Deletion date: January 2010
    2CDs Superseded by CDD22077
  2. Bach: The Complete Flute Sonatas & the attributions (CDD22077)
    Disc 1 Track 1
    Release date: June 2011
    2CDs Dyad (2 for the price of 1)
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