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Bach For Mandolin And Guitar / Dorina Frati, Piera Dadomo


Release Date: 06/27/2006 
Label:  Dynamic   Catalog #: 514   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina FratiPiera Dadomo
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews



BACH Sonata in a, BWV 1020. Little Preludes: Excerpts. Partita No. 2 in d, BWV 1004: Chaconne. Italian Concerto, BWV 971 . Sonata No. 1 in g, BWV 1001: Presto. Sonata No. 1 in C, BWV 1033 Dorina Frati (man); Piera Dadomo (gtr) Read more class="ARIAL12"> DYNAMIC 514 (74:09)


This is a lovely disc. The combination of mandolin and guitar brings a sparkling vivacity to the faster movements and a delicate charm to the slower ones. The mandolin is not able to sustain long melodies and so must fall back on tremolos to prolong the notes: it can’t compete with the flute or the violin’s abilities in this regard. However, if the listener accepts this limitation, the music is still well served. The silvery sound of the mandolin contrasts nicely with the more resonant guitar: imagine a harpsichord’s lute stop but with added piquancy in the upper register. Bach’s works have probably been transcribed for more instruments and ensembles than any other composer’s, and they fare well here. And of course, one doesn’t have to look too far to justify transcription, as Bach was so fond of it himself. The musicians also perform as soloists. Piera Dadomo’s Chaconne may be less forceful than some, but I found its gentle, intimate approach most persuasive: it’s an alternate view of a familiar masterpiece. Dorina Frati plays the Presto with engaging virtuosity, and left me eager to hear more solo Bach on the mandolin. There’s often a festive quality to this recording, joyful and spontaneous, and I found it a pleasing alternative to the original versions.


Just in case you haven’t memorized all the BWV numbers, 1020 and 1033 are for flute and harpsichord, 1001 is for the violin, as is the famous Chaconne from 1004, and the Italian Concerto is a perennial favorite with harpsichordists and pianists. Seven of the Little Preludes are included, short but “expressive little masterpieces” (Forkel). If you think you would enjoy hearing Bach expertly played by this musical duo, then don’t have any qualms about acquiring this CD.


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Works on This Recording

1.
Italian Concerto, BWV 971 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina Frati (Mandolin), Piera Dadomo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1735; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Partita for Violin solo no 2 in D minor, BWV 1004: 5th movement, Chaconne by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina Frati (Mandolin), Piera Dadomo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in C major, BWV 1033 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina Frati (Mandolin), Piera Dadomo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin solo no 1 in G minor, BWV 1001: 4th movement, Presto by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina Frati (Mandolin), Piera Dadomo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1020 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina Frati (Mandolin), Piera Dadomo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
6.
Prelude(s) by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Dorina Frati (Mandolin), Piera Dadomo (Guitar)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 

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