Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1014-1019

Bach: Six Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord BWV 1014-1019

by Emlyn Ngai
     
 

It is difficult not to compare this recording of Bach's "Six Sonatas for violin and harpsichord" by Emlyn Ngai and Peter Watchorn to the album made by Giuliano Carmignola and Andrea Marcon. Why? Because they are both simply fantastic recordings. Both feature consummate musiciansSee more details below

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It is difficult not to compare this recording of Bach's "Six Sonatas for violin and harpsichord" by Emlyn Ngai and Peter Watchorn to the album made by Giuliano Carmignola and Andrea Marcon. Why? Because they are both simply fantastic recordings. Both feature consummate musicians and scholars on both violin and harpsichord playing period instruments that always sound fresh, vibrant, and energetic and never subdued or stodgy. Both performances are immaculately in tune, beautifully ornamented, and showcase energetic and spontaneous-sounding music-making that is accompanied by an equal measure of scholarly performance practice. So what's the difference between the two? To the listener, the most immediately noticeable difference is that of tempo. Ngai's performance of the fast movements is much more staid and conservative, which is not in any way to intimate boring or uninteresting. This is of course a matter of personal preference. From an academic point of view, the present recording with Ngai and Watchorn provides much more; the liner notes (written by Watchorn) are extremely informative and coherent. As if that weren't enough, there's a third disc in the box that features a discussion with Watchorn on Bach's time in Cothen when the sonatas were composed.

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Product Details

Release Date:
08/28/2001
Label:
Musica Omnia
UPC:
0801890011226
catalogNumber:
112
Rank:
222539

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Tracks

  1. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  2. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 2 in A major, BWV 1015  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  3. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  4. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  5. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1018  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  6. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 6 in G major, BWV 1019  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  7. Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 6 in G major (variant), BWV 1019a: Cantabile, ma un poco Adagio  - Johann Sebastian Bach  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Warren Nolan-Fordham
  8. Bach as Capellmeister: Cöthen 1717-1722 (Discussion)  - Peter Watchorn  - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach  - Peter Watchorn  - Emlyn Ngai  - Alastair McAllister  - Warren Nolan-Fordham

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Emlyn Ngai   Primary Artist

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