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Bach: Flute Sonatas / Andrea Oliva, Angela Hewitt


Release Date: 02/12/2013 
Label:  Hyperion   Catalog #: 67897   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea OlivaAngela Hewitt
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 18 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Fans of Angela Hewitt will be delighted to find her in chamber mode, accompanying Andrea Oliva (described as ‘one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of the flute’ by Sir James Galway) in a programme of J S Bach’s flute sonatas (including one by his most famous and talented son, CPE). Of unfailingly remarkable quality, all these works exploit the full potential of an instrument which was only just coming into its own when they were written. Oliva’s lyricism and agility coupled with Hewitt’s musicianship—not to mention her lifelong rapport with Bach’s music—make this an album to treasure. Fans of Angela Hewitt will be delighted to find her in chamber mode, accompanying Andrea Oliva (described as ‘one of the best flutists of his generation, a shining star in the world of the flute’ by Sir James Galway) in a programme of J S Bach’s flute sonatas (including one by his most famous and talented son, CPE). Of unfailingly remarkable quality, all these works exploit the full potential of an instrument which was only just coming into its own when they were written. Oliva’s lyricism and agility coupled with Hewitt’s musicianship—not to mention her lifelong rapport with Bach’s music—make this an album to treasure. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in E flat major, BWV 1031 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Oliva (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1734; Leipzig, Germany 
2.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in C major, BWV 1033 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Oliva (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
3.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in B minor, BWV 1030 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Oliva (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?1738; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E minor, BWV 1034 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Oliva (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
5.
Sonata for Flute and Basso Continuo in E major, BWV 1035 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Oliva (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1720; ?Cöthen, Germany 
6.
Sonata for Flute and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1020 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Andrea Oliva (Flute), Angela Hewitt (Piano)
Period: Baroque 

Customer Reviews

Average Customer Review:  2 Customer Reviews )
 Flute sonatas - by the Bachs May 30, 2017 By Alan Cowan (Canberra, ACT) See All My Reviews "This is a lovely set of sonatas for flute and keyboard from the Bachs although not all by J.S. There has of course long been debate as to the authenticity of some of them, and the general opinion is followed here, identifying only three of them as being definitely by J.S. Bach. These are BWV 1030, 1034 and 1035, respectively in B Minor, E Minor and E Major. It is of course arguable as to whether the other sonatas should have been included: I do not claim to be a musicologist but I think I know Johann Sebastian when I hear him and they are clearly not his. I do have the old set of sonatas by Pierre Rampal which are very fine and which employed a harpsichord rather than a piano, and also a cello continuo, absent in this new set. It also included the Partita for unaccompanied flute, which this set does not. I am inclined to like the addition of the continuo cello to the keyboard left hand but perhaps that isn't a great matter. Both performers play beautifully. The tempos feel right.The piano as always with Hewitt has a convincing Bach "feel", while the flautist is immaculate. He has a clear ringing tone, quite different from Rampal's distinctive vibrato. For me, the loveliest of these sonatas is the E Minor. The first movement, all too brief, is one of Bach's most marvellous and deeply moving creations. The CD is worth its price just for this movement. Highly recommended." Report Abuse
 WORLD CLASS FLUTE February 17, 2013 By LANCE L. (WHEELING, IL) See All My Reviews "Superb artistry by both performers. Outstanding audio on this CD. Deserves high acclaim." Report Abuse
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