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Bach - La Fantasia Della Ragione / Quadro Hypothesis


Release Date: 01/27/2009 
Label:  Profil   Catalog #: 8034   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachWolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leopoldo d'AgostinoUgo NastrucciCinzia ZottiClaudia Poz
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 0 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

You know when you encounter an ensemble name like Quadro Hypothesis that you are going to be in speculative territory, and so it is with this Italian-German release. On the program is music by Bach, and by Mozart transcribing or imitating Bach, all of it transcribed for a quartet consisting of a recorder, an unusual viol (the lyra viol or discant viol), a cello, and a theorbo or lute. Bach certainly transcribed his own music often, and although he never used an ensemble precisely like this one, the group works well enough for both trio-sonata and keyboard textures, and it's not out of the question that people played Bach this way in the eighteeth century. Historical performance per se, however, is not what the group is after. Instead, it Read more takes as its point of departure Nikolaus Harnoncourt's contention that music and speech were closely linked in Baroque rhetoric, that players of the time intended to play "as if speaking," but that, paradoxically, music constituted a realm that could express the unsaid: a realm of the fantasy of reason, to use the words with which the group titles the album. The conceptual snarl becomes dense. Why should this concept be applied specifically to the fugue, which supplies much of the music on the disc? The fugue was a continuation of older forms, not a typical example of the forms of expression that gave rise to Baroque musical aesthetics. And how do the retranscribed Mozart transcriptions, originally for string trio and probably meant as exercises of a sort, fit into the whole concept? What do they have to do with music and speech? It's all pretty hard to say. The album's chief value for many will reside in the curious sound of the high viols, which impart a shimmering quality to the texture. It's something like hearing Bach played on a music box or a glass harmonica, and Profil's sound is up to its usual standard of startling clarity.

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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 1 in G major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder), Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo), Cinzia Zotti (Viol),
Claudia Poz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
2.
Trio Sonata for 2 Flutes and Basso Continuo in G major, BWV 1039 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder), Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo), Cinzia Zotti (Viol),
Claudia Poz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Fugue in C major, BWV 952 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder), Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo), Cinzia Zotti (Viol),
Claudia Poz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Baroque 
Length: 2 Minutes 2 Secs. 
4.
Preludes and Fugues (6) for Violin, Viola and Cello, K 404a by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder), Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo), Cinzia Zotti (Viol),
Claudia Poz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1782; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 17 Minutes 31 Secs. 
5.
Adagio for 2 Basset Horns and Bassoon in F major, K 410 (484d) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart
Performer:  Claudia Poz (Cello), Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder), Ugo Nastrucci (Lute),
Cinzia Zotti (Viol)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Classical 
Written: 1785; Vienna, Austria 
Length: 1 Minutes 8 Secs. 
6.
Trio Sonata for 2 Violins and Harpsichord in C major, BWV 1037 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Cinzia Zotti (Viol), Claudia Poz (Cello), Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder),
Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Baroque 
Length: 10 Minutes 36 Secs. 
7.
Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Cinzia Zotti (Viol), Ugo Nastrucci (Theorbo), Leopoldo d'Agostino (Recorder),
Claudia Poz (Cello)
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Quadro Hypotesis
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

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