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Track(s) taken from CKD415

Sonata in B flat major, ZWV181/3


Ensemble Marsyas, Monica Huggett (violin)
Studio Master FLAC & ALAC downloads available
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Recording details: August 2011
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs & Robert Cammidge
Release date: September 2012
Total duration: 15 minutes 11 seconds

Cover artwork: A procession of Swiss guards after Cuyck (1752).
The Trustees of the British Museum


'The Ensemble Marsyas impresses me with their nimble fingers in the breakneck Sonata No 5, but it's the group's nuance that's transfixing. When textures become sparse, delivery intensifies; when the line expands, the tempo stretches; when counterpoint thickens, articulation is leavened. The players are audibly intelligent, at once humorous and illuminating. Non-interventionist engineering shows that less can be more when the artists are first rate … the players combine wit, taste and an earthy Bohemian wink to win the heart' (BBC Music Magazine)
The score of Sonata III in B flat is set out on three staves marked Violino; Hautbois; Basson. However, figures appear below the bassoon stave towards the end of the first movement, and also at the opening bars of the final movement – an indication that an instrument capable of playing chords was also required for this work. This is the only sonata in the set to include the violin as a soloist. Sonata III, comprising four contrasting movements, opens with an Adagio followed by a three-voiced fugal Allegro. The third movement is a Siciliano to be played in a broad style (Largo), while the conclusion is an extended dance-like movement.

from notes by Janice B Stockigt © 2012

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