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Bach: Flute Sonatas
     

Bach: Flute Sonatas

by Elizabeth Walker
 
This release by British flutist Elizabeth Walker falls into the increasingly large space between modern and historical performance practice. On hand are a group of pieces by Bach that are presented as a set of flute sonatas but aren't entirely homogeneous: the album includes three sonatas for flute and continuo, one partita or dance suite for the

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This release by British flutist Elizabeth Walker falls into the increasingly large space between modern and historical performance practice. On hand are a group of pieces by Bach that are presented as a set of flute sonatas but aren't entirely homogeneous: the album includes three sonatas for flute and continuo, one partita or dance suite for the same combination, and a flute sonata with written-out accompaniment, which actually at the time was more akin to a trio sonata than to a sonata for solo instrument. The genre shifts aren't entirely clear in this performance, but the main attraction, Walker's playing, is very fine indeed. She plays a modern wooden flute with a lovely, rather clarinet-like tone, and she has applied techniques from treatises of Bach's time to phrasing and articulation. The result is some exceptionally lively Bach playing, underlaid by the muscular Ruckers-style harpsichord of Michael Overbury and the Amati cello of Christopher Poffley, and the ensemble has an X factor relating to common enthusiasm harnessed by the players. The sound, from St. John the Baptist's Parish Church in Pilton, is a bit too bright but conveys the care and elegance of Walker's playing clearly. Bach's flute works are perhaps the least often played of his instrumental chamber music, perhaps because they're a bit distorted by either a glittering modern flute or a reedy Baroque model. This recording offers the best of both worlds.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/08/2011
Label:
Quartz
UPC:
0880040208624
catalogNumber:
2086

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for flute & keyboard in B minor, BWV 1030
  2. Partita for solo flute in A minor, BWV 1013
  3. Sonata for flute & continuo in E major, BWV 1035
  4. Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033
  5. Sonata for flute & continuo in E minor, BWV 1034

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