Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord / Corti, Smith

Release Date: 6/4/2021
Catalog Number: RES10278
Number of Discs: 1
Length: 62 Minutes

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The cembalo-obbligato sonata reached its zenith in the middle decades of the eighteenth century; thought to date from the last fifteen years of J.S. Bach’s life, the composer was a pioneer of this compelling form, and for the soloistic role of the harpsichord in ensemble music. Critically acclaimed Amsterdam-based viola da gamba player Robert Smith joins with the celebrated Italian harpsichordist Francesco Corti to present a new recording of four prime examples of this genre, Bach’s three Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord along with a sonata by his close contemporary Christopher Schaffrath. Completing the album is a new work by Robert Smith – based on Henry Purcell’s Dido’s Lament this innovative new work for the instrument absorbs broad influences from both the eighteenth century and the heavy-metal band Metallica.

Works on This Recording
1. Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Minor, BWV 1029 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Corti (Harpsichord), Robert Smith (Viola da gamba)
Written: 1720 ;
2. Sonata for Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba in A major by Christoph Schaffrath
Performer: Francesco Corti (Harpsichord), Robert Smith (Viola da gamba)
Period: Classical
Written: 18th Century ; Germany
3. Viola da Gamba Sonata in D Major, BWV 1028 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Corti (Harpsichord), Robert Smith (Viola da gamba)
Written: 1720 ;
4. Dido's Torment by Robert Smith
Performer: Robert Smith (Viola da gamba)
5. Viola da Gamba Sonata in G Major, BWV 1027 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Francesco Corti (Harpsichord), Robert Smith (Viola da gamba)
Written: 1720 ;
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