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Roman: Flute Sonatas Nos. 1-5 / Laurin, Paradiso Musicale


Release Date: 03/10/2015 
Label:  Bis   Catalog #: 2105  
Composer:  Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Dan Laurin
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradiso Musicale
Number of Discs: 1 
Length: 1 Hours 10 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This set of twelve sonatas is not just the umpteenth collection of flute sonatas from the baroque era. They have a character of their own and that is very well conveyed in this recording. I am looking forward to the remaining sonatas.

– MusicWeb International

In Stockholm during Johan Helmich Roman's lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument, used throughout the social spectrum – including the Royal music establishment for which the composer was responsible. The transverse flute, on the other hand, was generally the preserve of the upper classes – the nobility and bourgeosie. Possibly this higher status contributed to Roman's choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso,
Read more violone e cembalo that he presented to Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger on her birthday in 1727. But that hasn't stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin to take up his countryman’s sonatas on his own instrument. In a text included in the CD booklet, Laurin explains his fascination with Roman's music: 'complex emotional contexts are contrasted with folk music forms such as the villanella or piva – the music is asymmetrical, irregular and full of unexpected twists, sudden pauses and cadences.' In it, Laurin hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there 1715-1721. Especially striking he finds Roman's affinity with the music of Naples – a music that challenged the stylistic ideals of the baroque. With his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin therefore opts for an Italianate slant – different continuo settings, ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar, provide great variety in realizations characterized by bold and striking harmonizations. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute, Violone and Harpsichord no 5 in E minor by Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Dan Laurin (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradiso Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Sweden 
2.
Sonata for Flute, Violone and Harpsichord no 4 in G major by Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Dan Laurin (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradiso Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Sweden 
3.
Sonata for Flute, Violone and Harpsichord no 3 in C minor by Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Dan Laurin (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradiso Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Sweden 
4.
Sonata for Flute, Violone and Harpsichord no 2 in D major by Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Dan Laurin (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradiso Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Sweden 
5.
Sonata for Flute, Violone and Harpsichord no 1 in G major by Johan Helmich Roman
Performer:  Dan Laurin (Recorder)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Paradiso Musicale
Period: Baroque 
Written: by 1727; Sweden 

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