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Bach: Six Trio Sonatas / Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players

Tempesta Di Mare Chamber Players
Release Date: 06/24/2014 
Label:  Chandos   Catalog #: 803   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Bach compiled his set of six trio sonatas for organ during the late 1720s. They are thought to have been put together as training material for Bach’s son Wilhelm Friedemann and can be grouped among other pedagogical keyboard collections such as the Inventions and the Well-Tempered Clavier. They are unique, however, in transferring the typical trio sonata texture, a popular style normally played by ensemble, to a single instrument. In Bach’s originals the right and left hands take the top two parts while the pedals perform the bass line. The first movement of Sonata No. 4 was originally composed for ensemble and the unique formal and stylistic characteristics of the collection suggest that other movements, too, started life away from the Read more organ.

Taking this on board, Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players have re-imagined these works in arrangements for ensemble, using scorings typically adopted in the performance of trio sonatas in Bach’s time. Bach was himself a serial adapter and re-arranger of his own works and this recording takes on his understanding of the musical work as a fluid entity, able to assume as many forms as there are purposes for them.

The Philadelphia-based early music ensemble Tempesta di Mare is renowned for its unique programming and championing of rarely performed works, not least through its fruitful relationship with Chandos Records. - Chandos Records

Arranged for chamber ensemble by Richard Stone.

Tempesta di Mare Chamber Players:
Gwyn Roberts recorder - flauto traverso
Emlyn Ngai violin
Karina Schmitz violin - viola
Lisa Terry cello - viola da gamba
Richard Stone lute
Adam Pearl harpsichord
Recorded in: Presbyterian Church of Chestnut Hill, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Read less

Works on This Recording

1. Trio Sonata for Organ no 1 in E flat major, BWV 525 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
2. Trio Sonata for Organ no 2 in C minor, BWV 526 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
3. Trio Sonata for Organ no 3 in D minor, BWV 527 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
4. Trio Sonata for Organ no 4 in E minor, BWV 528 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
5. Trio Sonata for Organ no 5 in C major, BWV 529 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 
6. Trio Sonata for Organ no 6 in G major, BWV 530 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tempesta di Mare
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1727; Leipzig, Germany 

Sound Samples

Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): I. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): II. Adagio
Trio Sonata No. 1 in E-Flat Major, BWV 525 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): III. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): I. Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): II. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 526 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): III. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): I. Andante
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): II. Adagio e dolce
Trio Sonata No. 3 in D Minor, BWV 527 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): III. Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): I. Adagio - Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): II. Andante
Trio Sonata No. 4 in E Minor, BWV 528 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): III. Un poc'allegro
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): I. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): II. Largo
Trio Sonata No. 5 in C Major, BWV 529 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): III. Allegro
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): I. Vivace
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): II. Lente
Trio Sonata No. 6 in G Major, BWV 530 (arr. R. Stone for chamber ensemble): III. Allegro

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