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Bach: Sonates Pour Viole De Gambe / Quintana, Frisch


Release Date: 04/11/2006 
Label:  Harmonia Mundi Musique D'abord Catalog #: 1951712   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Juan Manuel QuintanaCéline Frisch
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 0 Hours 57 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The current recording, Harmonia Mundi's latest, has a warm, slightly airy but intimate sound that nicely complements the velvety voice of Juan Manuel Quintana's instrument...he tends not to linger over phrases or moderate his tempos for expressive effect--instead, his approach is deliberate and generally brisk...In the short Adagio of the D major sonata BWV 1028, Quintana briefly shows his interpretive prowess, making the gamba sing and weep while never losing the tension or forward motion of the line. It's here--and in the other slow movements--that we most clearly sense the truly interactive, communicative nature of the performances as melodies are handed back and forth between gamba and harpsichord. Harpsichordist Céline Frisch is a Read more sensitive accompanist but also takes command of the spotlight as Bach requires, and isn't afraid to spice things up with lots of (tasteful) ornamentation...Since together the three sonatas take only about 40-45 minutes to play, performers traditionally fill out their programs with another Bach sonata or suite, usually a transcription of a piece originally for a different instrument....Quintana [chooses] the Sonata for violin and harpsichord BWV 1019. As Bach recognized regarding his own transcriptions, these arrangements essentially make new works out of the originals, and that's the effect of Quintana's violin-to-gamba realization. It fits the instrument well... --David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Juan Manuel Quintana (Bass Viola da gamba), Céline Frisch (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2. Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Juan Manuel Quintana (Bass Viola da gamba), Céline Frisch (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3. Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Céline Frisch (Harpsichord), Juan Manuel Quintana (Bass Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 

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