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Bach: Sonates Pour Clavecin Oblige Et Violon

Bach,J.s. / Banchini / Botticher
Release Date: 05/08/2012 
Label:  Zig Zag   Catalog #: 302   Spars Code: n/a 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jörg-Andreas BötticherChiara Banchini
Number of Discs: 2 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 36 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews


What distinguishes these revolutionary sonatas for violin and harpsichord from those composed previously by others rests with Bach’s liberation of the keyboard from its traditional role as a continuo instrument. Given this independence, both instruments share equal, though at times fairly disparate musical roles here; and the most successful interpretations all but depend on how well the performers negotiate a balance between the two. In this recent complete set of the six sonatas violinist Chiara Banchini and harpsichordist Jorg-Andreas Botticher deliver performances that not only exemplify this complementary spirit but also manage to take some welcome risks, making this one of the more exciting
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Their performances of the final Allegro of the First sonata BWV 1014, second-movement Allegro of the Second sonata BWV 1015, and final Allegro of the Third sonata BWV 1016 are inordinately fast and absolutely breathtaking. However, their remarkably relaxed, delicate handling of the third-movement Adagio of the Fourth sonata BWV 1017 and the fourth-movement Adagio of the Sixth sonata BWV 1019 provides ample contrast—the two movements rarely sound this eloquent and graceful in the hands of others.

It should also be noted that Botticher performs on a German disposition 16’ harpsichord (Kramer after Zell), a larger instrument than usually heard in recordings of these works, yet the kind that Bach was known to have employed throughout his life. This clearly proves to be a sonic advantage that not only allows both instruments equal clarity and presence (Koopman in my reference recording understood this as well when he chose a substantial Ruckers model for his cycle), but more importantly heightens the spirit of instrumental independence Bach originally sought to achieve here. All in all, an excellent new period-instrument cycle worthy of serious consideration.

-- John Greene, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord), Chiara Banchini (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 12 Minutes 0 Secs. 
2.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 2 in A major, BWV 1015 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Chiara Banchini (Violin), Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 12 Minutes 25 Secs. 
3.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 3 in E major, BWV 1016 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord), Chiara Banchini (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 14 Minutes 22 Secs. 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord), Chiara Banchini (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 16 Minutes 24 Secs. 
5.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord), Chiara Banchini (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 15 Minutes 12 Secs. 
6.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 6 in G major, BWV 1019 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Chiara Banchini (Violin), Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 15 Minutes 22 Secs. 
7.
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Chiara Banchini (Violin), Jörg-Andreas Bötticher (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Venue:  L'Heure Bleue, La Chaux de Fonds, Suisse 
Length: 6 Minutes 19 Secs. 

Sound Samples

Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1014: I. Adagio
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1014: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1014: III. Andante
Sonata No. 1 for Violin and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1014: IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1015: I. Dolce
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1015: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1015: III. Andante un poco
Sonata No. 2 for Violin and Harpsichord in A major, BWV 1015: IV. Presto
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Keyboard in E major, BWV 1016: I. Adagio
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Keyboard in E major, BWV 1016: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Keyboard in E major, BWV 1016: III. Adagio ma non tanto
Sonata No. 3 for Violin and Keyboard in E major, BWV 1016: IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 4 for Harpsichord and Violin in C minor, BWV 1017: I. Siciliano: Largo
Sonata No. 4 for Harpsichord and Violin in C minor, BWV 1017: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 4 for Harpsichord and Violin in C minor, BWV 1017: III. Adagio
Sonata No. 4 for Harpsichord and Violin in C minor, BWV 1017: IV. Allegro
Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1018: I. (Adagio)
Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1018: II. Allegro
Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1018: III. Adagio
Sonata No. 5 for Violin and Harpsichord in F minor, BWV 1018: IV. Vivace
Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019: I. Allegro
Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019: II. Largo
Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019: III. Allegro (Cembalo Solo)
Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019: IV. Adagio
Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019: V. Allegro
Sonata No. 6 for Violin and Harpsichord in G major, BWV 1019: III. Cantabile, ma un poco adagio, BWV 1019a (alternative 2nd version)

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