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Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039

circa 1740 ?

Recording details: October 2005
National Centre for Early Music, York, United Kingdom
Produced by Philip Hobbs
Engineered by Philip Hobbs
Release date: October 2006
Total duration: 11 minutes 57 seconds

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Lisa Beznosiuk (flute), Rachel Brown (flute), Paul Nicholson (harpsichord/virginals), Richard Tunnicliffe (cello)


'The much-loved Palladian exuberance bursts forth in two Leipzig chorales, silvery high recorder clearly differentiated from violin, and Rodolfo Richter provides a refreshing change of timbre with a solo violin sonata, BWV1021. There are magical colours elsewhere too: the dark chromatic line of low recorder in 'Das alte Jahr', the gamba obbligato of 'Wachet auf' with recorder chorale melody, quieter than most organists would register it, but nonetheless highly effective' (BBC Music Magazine)» More

'Before I listened to it, I wasn't sure that I was going to like this recording, which is of mainly well-known music by Bach transcribed and arranged by the Ensemble themselves for the 'wrong' instruments, but I was totally convinced by the lovely performances on this CD … perfect music for Easter, or indeed any other time' (Early Music Review)» More

'Two months ago I bumped into a group of people at the Perth Festival who were emerging from a morning recital by the Palladian Ensemble which had included much of the music on this CD, their latest. The folk had stars in their eyes, and, as one of them said to me—rather memorably—'balm in the soul'. What the wonderful Palladian group had played included a perhaps unlikely set of transcriptions of some of Bach's chorales, superbly and effectively arranged for recorder, violin, viola da gamba and guitar. These featured several of the best-known chorales, including 'Wachet auf' and the Leipzig. The discreet intimacy that is evoked in this music, and in the Trio Sonatas that feature on the disc, makes for the most exquisite private listening experience and outlines, with indisputable clarity, why the Palladian Ensemble is just about peerless in this repertoire' (The Herald)

The Trio Sonata in G major, BWV1039, is one of only two such trios with flute for which Bach’s authorship is secure—the other is that belonging to the Musical Offering (BWV1079). The present work, for two flutes and continuo, provided Bach with the material for his Sonata for viola da gamba and obbligato harpsichord in G major (BWV1027). The surviving autograph of the latter indicates a date of circa 1740 but, though the Trio Sonata with flutes may belong to the same period, it too possibly derives from an earlier version, perhaps for two violins. As the Bach scholar Christoph Wolff has justly remarked, neither version should be considered merely as an arrangement but understood rather as different means of expressing the same idea. The first movement is a lyrical ‘Adagio’ whose aria-like melody is at once appealing. The ‘Allegro ma non presto’ is a fugal piece, comparably engaging for its principal theme which is treated in various ways, and with virtuosity. The brief ‘Adagio e piano’ is wistfully expressive, providing an effective contrast with the energetic ‘Presto’ whose three-voice fugal exposition is intricate and exhilarating.

from notes by Nicholas Anderson © 2002

La Sonate en trio en sol majeur, BWV1039, est l’une des deux seules œuvres en trio avec flûte de Bach dont l’authenticité soit avérée—la seconde faisant partie de l’Offrande musicale (BWV1079). La présente sonate, pour deux flûtes et continuo, a fourni à Bach le matériau de sa Sonate pour viole de gambe et clavecin obligé en sol majeur (BWV1027). L’autographe de cette dernière suggère une date aux alentours de 1740, et la Sonate en trio pour flûtes pourrait dater de cette même période, mais aussi être issue d’une version antérieure, peut-être pour deux violons. Comme le fait remarquer Christoph Wolff, spécialiste de Bach, aucune de ces deux versions ne doit être considérée comme un simple arrangement; il s’agit plutôt de deux manières d’exprimer une même idée. Le premier mouvement est un «Adagio» lyrique dont la mélodie, proche de l’aria, exerce une séduction immédiate. L’«Allegro ma non presto» est une pièce fuguée, tout aussi plaisante de par son thème principal développé de plusieurs manières et avec virtuosité. Nostalgiquement expressif, le bref «Adagio e piano» offre un contraste efficace avec l’énergique «Presto» final, dont l’exposition fuguée à trois voix est complexe et exaltante.

extrait des notes rédigées par Nicholas Anderson © 2002
Français: Josée Bégaud

Die Triosonate in G-Dur, BWV1039, ist eines von nur zwei derartigen Trios mit Flöte, für die Bachs Urheberschaft unbestritten ist—die andere ist die zum Musikalischen Opfer (BWV1079) gehörende. Das vorliegende Werk für zwei Flöten und Basso continuo lieferte Bach das Material für seine Sonate für Viola da Gamba und obligates Cembalo in G-Dur (BWV1027). Die erhalten gebliebene Handschrift des letzteren Werkes deutet auf ein Entstehungsdatum von zirka 1740 hin, aber, obwohl die Triosonate mit Flöten eventuell zur selben Periode gehören mag, stammt auch dieses Werk möglicherweise aus einer früheren Version, die vielleicht für zwei Violinen konzipiert war. Wie der Bachwissenschaftler Christoph Wolff richtig bemerkte, sollte man keine der beiden Fassungen lediglich als Arrangement, sondern eher als verschiedene Mittel zum Ausdruck derselben Idee betrachten. Der erste Satz ist ein lyrisches „Adagio“, dessen arienähnliche Melodie sofort reizvoll wirkt. Das „Allegro ma non presto“ ist ein fugenartiges Stück, das den Hörer aufgrund seines Hauptthemas engagiert, welches auf verschiedene Weisen und mit großer Virtuosität behandelt wird. Das kurze „Adagio e piano“ ist auf wehmütige Weise expressiv und liefert einen wirkungsvollen Kontrast zum kraftvollen „Presto“, dessen dreistimmige fugale Exposition kompliziert und belebend ist.

aus dem Begleittext von Nicholas Anderson © 2002
Deutsch: Atlas Translations

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