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Bach: Sonatas For Violin & Harpsichord / Carmignola, Marcon


Release Date: 03/19/2002 
Label:  Sony   Catalog #: 89469   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea MarconGiuliano Carmignola
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 34 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The past year has seen an embarrassment of riches regarding recordings of Bach's Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord. Who knows why--and who cares? The fact is, as a consumer, you have the rare yet pleasurable dilemma of a wealth of choices: Lucy van Dael/Bob Asperen on Naxos, an excellent budget-priced set that musically and sonically stands up to any other version; Fabio Biondi/Rinaldo Alessandrini's first-class renditions for Opus 111 that literally define baroque performance and style; Emlyn Ngai/Peter Watchorn on Musica Omnia; or Andrew Manze/Richard Egarr/Jaap ter Linden on Harmonia Mundi, which "fill out" the first two sonatas with a supporting viola da gamba bass line.


The current recording stands with
Read more remarkable similarity to Biondi's renditions, from the bright, brilliant sonics to the uncanny resemblance of violin timbres. Yes, Biondi ornaments where Carmignola goes for a straighter approach, and Sony's perspective gives the violin prominence where Opus 111's makes a much more even balance between the two unquestionably equal partners. But, if you're seriously in the market for a fine set of these sonatas, the question becomes merely a matter of price (go for the van Dael on Naxos) or versatility. If you're interested in the different versions of Sonata No. 6--Bach provides three alternatives--then you'll want Manze's set that not only contains all the existing versions (complete with programming instructions for each) but also adds the "continuo" sonatas to complete the program. If you're just looking for a solid, standard set of the six sonatas, this one--or Biondi's--will prove satisfying enough for a lifetime of listening. No frills, no excess, no ego--just Bach, the whole Bach, and nothing but the Bach.
--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Marcon (Harpsichord), Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Conclave Hall, St. George Island, Venice 
Length: 13 Minutes 27 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin), Andrea Marcon (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Conclave Hall, St. George Island, Venice 
Length: 13 Minutes 12 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin), Andrea Marcon (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Conclave Hall, St. George Island, Venice 
Length: 15 Minutes 58 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Giuliano Carmignola (Violin), Andrea Marcon (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Conclave Hall, St. George Island, Venice 
Length: 16 Minutes 44 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Marcon (Harpsichord), Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Conclave Hall, St. George Island, Venice 
Length: 16 Minutes 49 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Marcon (Harpsichord), Giuliano Carmignola (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 10/2000 
Venue:  Conclave Hall, St. George Island, Venice 
Length: 16 Minutes 51 Secs. 

Sound Samples

I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Andante
IV. Allegro
I. (Dolce)
II. Allegro
III. Andante un poco
IV. Presto
I. Adagio
II. Allegro
III. Adagio ma non tanto
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Allegro
I. Largo
II. Allegro
III. Adagio
IV. Vivace
I. Allegro
II. Largo
III. Allegro (harpsichord solo)
IV. Adagio
V. Allegro

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