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Track(s) taken from CKD415

Sonata in C minor, ZWV181/6


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: 14 minutes 52 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)
Sonata VI in C minor has neither indication of tempo nor of affect to the first and second movements. The third movement is Zelenka’s reworking of the Andante from his capriccio composed in Vienna and dated 20 October 1718 (ZWV185), also scored for two oboes, bassoon and bass, and composed as an imitative ricercare structured upon two themes. The final movement of Sonata VI is a brilliant minuet-rondo with virtuosic and technically taxing episodes, especially for the principal oboist and bassoonist.

from notes by Janice B Stockigt © 2012

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