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Chamber Music - J.S. Bach / Tetzlaff, Cantoreggi, Vogt

Bach,J.s. / Tetzlaff / Cantoreggi / Vogt
Release Date: 10/13/2009 
Label:  Cavi Music   Catalog #: 8553165   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel RobertsQuirine ViersenHiroaki AoeAntoine Tamestit,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 6 Mins. 

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BACH Brandenburg Concerto No. 6. 1 Gamba Sonata in g, BWV 1029. 2 Trio Sonata in c, BWV 1079. 3 Violin Sonata in f, BWV 1018 4 Lars Vogt (hpd, pn); 1,4 Rachel Roberts (va); 1 Antoine Tamestit Read more (va); 1 Quirine Viersen (vc); 1 Rainer Zipperling (vdg); 1,2 Ghislaine Zipperling (vdg); 1,2 Hiroaki Aoe (db); 1 Kirill Gerstein (hpd); 2 Angela Firkins (fl); 3 Muriel Cantoreggi (vn); 3 Tanja Tetzlaff(vc); 3 Silke Avenhaus (hpd); 3 Christian Tetzlaff (vn) 4 CAVI-MUSIC 8553165 (65:52) Live: Heimbach 6/10,15/2008

“Welcome to the Heimbach Hydroelectric Power Station!” Well, it’s an appropriate place to have a music festival called Spannungen (“tensions,” but also “excitement”), I suppose. And pianist Lars Vogt has been doing it there for 10 years, for which this 2009 CD (apparently one of several) is a kind of anniversary celebration. The place is interesting and, though there is nary a word about them, the cast is luminous, but Bach is the matter at hand.

The Brandenburg Concerto , possibly the first composed, during Bach’s time in Cöthen (1717–23), is sprightly played, the viola da braccio parts being performed on modern violas. The balance in the one-to-a-part orchestra is even and there is a fine sense of coherence in the ensemble. The three sonatas for viola da gamba come from Bach’s time in Cöthen and the Third, the one here, is well played by Rainer Zippeling and Kirill Gerstein. The Trio Sonata is the eighth of the Musical Offering (1747), certainly intended to flatter the royal patron, with the king’s theme turning up in surprising places, even in the bass. I only hope the King got to play in or hear a performance as good as this one (though the harpsichord is all but inaudible). Here, as elsewhere, there is no lingering over a drawn-out final cadence.

The Violin Sonata, also from the Cöthen period, brings together the two most famous names on the disc, with Vogt here playing on the piano, this time. This is the least successful performance on the disc, not because they play badly but because Tetzlaff and Vogt do not seem to be playing as one. This may be in part because the violin is miked markedly differently from the piano, and the huge, resonant, space accentuates Vogt’s delicate but percussive playing.

As a record of parts of two quite satisfying recitals, this CD has a lot going for it, and can be recommended as such. I found the Brandenburg Concerto and the Viola da gamba Sonata to be the most interesting, but there is pleasure in all the performances. There is no musicological ground to be broken here but, rather, Spannung of the best kind. The audiences were most appreciative.

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Works on This Recording

Brandenburg Concerto no 6 in B flat major, BWV 1051 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rachel Roberts (Viola), Quirine Viersen (Cello), Hiroaki Aoe (Double Bass),
Antoine Tamestit (Viola), Ghislaine Zipperling (), Rainer Zipperling (),
Lars Vogt (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1708-1710; ?Weimar, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/10/2008 
Venue:  Live  Water Power Station RWE POWER AG, Heimba 
Length: 16 Minutes 20 Secs. 
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord no 3 in G minor, BWV 1029 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Rainer Zipperling (), Kirill Gerstein (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/10/2008 
Venue:  Live  Water Power Station RWE POWER AG, Heimba 
Length: 14 Minutes 31 Secs. 
Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079: no 11, Trio Sonata for Flute and Continuo in C minor by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Angela Firkins (Flute), Tanja Tetzlaff (Cello), Silke Avenhaus (Harpsichord),
Muriel Cantoreggi (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1747; Leipzig, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/15/2008 
Venue:  Live Water Power Station RWE POWER AG, 
Sonata for Violin and Harpsichord no 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Lars Vogt (Piano), Christian Tetzlaff (Violin)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
Date of Recording: 06/15/2008 
Venue:  Live  Water Power Station RWE POWER AG, Heimba 
Length: 15 Minutes 33 Secs. 

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