Bach: Flute Sonatas

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All Music Guide - James Manheim
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - James Manheim
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/8/2011
  • Label: Quartz
  • UPC: 880040208624
  • Catalog Number: 2086
  • Sales rank: 358,131

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sonata for flute & continuo in E minor, BWV 1034 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Continuum (14:17)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for flute & keyboard in C major, BWV 1033 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Continuum (9:04)
  3. 9–12 Sonata for flute & continuo in E major, BWV 1035 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Continuum (12:57)
  4. 13–16 Partita for solo flute in A minor, BWV 1013 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Continuum (14:35)
  5. 17–19 Sonata for flute & keyboard in B minor, BWV 1030 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Continuum (18:37)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Elizabeth Walker Primary Artist
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