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Bach: Flute Sonatas, Viola da Gamba Sonatas / Larrieu, Cervera, Puyana


Release Date: 02/15/1994 
Label:  Philips Duo Catalog #: 438809   Spars Code: ADD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wieland KuijkenRafael PuyanaMaxence LarrieuMarcel Cervera
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 2 Hours 19 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

"The Complete Flute Sonatas" says the sleeve—an overstatement; these discs offer Bach's genuine flute Sonatas plus two he didn't write, the C major and the E flat, and one, the G minor, which seems to be neither his nor for the flute. The only source says it was for the violin. It does not follow that the interlopers will waste your time. The C major may be poor, but the E flat is a charming work, very well written for the instruments, and much more interesting than, say, the genuine sonata for solo flute which may well be worth playing but it is hardly worth hearing. The best works are the splendid B minor which has a written-out harpsichord part and the E minor, one of three with continuo accompaniment. Some may think that Read more Rafael Puyana realizes these continuo accompaniments with too much invention and personality, but I admired his skill and he has very ably supplied the missing passage in the first movement of the A major, a goodish sonata of which the old Bach Gesellschaft edition published only the three completed movements.

Maxence Larrieu has a nice full tone (reinforced by a rather close balance) and remarkable breath control. Towards the end of the second movement of the E minor he adds a cadenza for which there is no musical justification, but it may be that only so could he make an opportunity for refilling his lungs. One listens amazed both to his virtuosity—he plays some movements very fast indeed—and to his apparent ability to stay alive without breathing. In 1968 1 felt he did not play slow movements with quite enough expression, but I think this no longer. Expressiveness is not so fashionable as it was. Nor are the frequent changes of registration we hear from the harpsichord. The balance is excellent.

– Gramophone [9/1982], reviewing an earlier release Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor, BWV 1034 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Viola da gamba), Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord), Maxence Larrieu (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E major, BWV 1035 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Viola da gamba), Maxence Larrieu (Flute), Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1032 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxence Larrieu (Flute), Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1724; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Partita for Flute solo in A minor, BWV 1013 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxence Larrieu (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1720s; ?Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1030 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxence Larrieu (Flute), Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1738; Leipzig, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in C major, BWV 1033 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Wieland Kuijken (Viola da gamba), Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord), Maxence Larrieu (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
7.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1020 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord), Maxence Larrieu (Flute)
Period: Baroque 
8.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Maxence Larrieu (Flute), Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734; Leipzig, Germany 
9.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord), Marcel Cervera (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
10.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 2 in D major, BWV 1028 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord), Marcel Cervera (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
11.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rafael Puyana (Harpsichord), Marcel Cervera (Viola da gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 

Sound Samples

Sonata for Flute or Violin No.5 in E minor, BWV 1034: 1. Adagio ma non tanto
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.5 in E minor, BWV 1034: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.5 in E minor, BWV 1034: 3. Andante
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.5 in E minor, BWV 1034: 4. Allegro
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.6 in E, BWV 1035: 1. Adagio ma non tanto
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.6 in E, BWV 1035: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.6 in E, BWV 1035: 3. Siciliano
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.6 in E, BWV 1035: 4. Allegro assai
Sonata for Flute No.3 in A, BWV 1032: 1. Vivace
Sonata for Flute No.3 in A, BWV 1032: 2. Largo e dolce
Sonata for Flute No.3 in A, BWV 1032: 3. Allegro
Sonata for Flute Solo in A minor, BWV 1013: 1. Allemande
Sonata for Flute Solo in A minor, BWV 1013: 2. Corrente
Sonata for Flute Solo in A minor, BWV 1013: 3. Sarabande
Sonata for Flute Solo in A minor, BWV 1013: 4. Bourrée anglaise
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.1 in B minor, BWV 1030: 1. Andante
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.1 in B minor, BWV 1030: 2. Largo e dolce
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.1 in B minor, BWV 1030: 3/4. Presto - Allegro
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.4 in C, BWV 1033: 1. Andante - Presto
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.4 in C, BWV 1033: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.4 in C, BWV 1033: 3. Adagio
Sonata for Flute or Violin No.4 in C, BWV 1033: 4. Menuet I - II
Sonata for Violin or Flute and Continuo, No.1 in G Minor BWV 1020: 1. (Allegro)
Sonata for Violin or Flute and Continuo, No.1 in G Minor BWV 1020: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Violin or Flute and Continuo, No.1 in G Minor BWV 1020: 3. Allegro
Sonata No.2 in E flat major, BWV 1031: 1. Allegro moderato
Sonata No.2 in E flat major, BWV 1031: 2. Siciliano
Sonata No.2 in E flat major, BWV 1031: 3. Allegro
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027: 1. Adagio
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027: 2. Allegro ma non tanto
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027: 3. Andante
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.1 in G, BWV 1027: 4. Allegro moderato
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028: 1. Adagio
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028: 2. Allegro
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028: 3. Andante
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.2 in D, BWV 1028: 4. Allegro
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 1. Vivace
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 2. Adagio
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord No.3 in G minor, BWV 1029: 3. Allegro

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