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

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All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike D. Brownell
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: 8/28/2001
  • Label: Musica Omnia
  • UPC: 801890011226
  • Catalog Number: 112
  • Sales rank: 245,692

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1–4 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (13:05)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 2 in A major, BWV 1015 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (14:23)
  3. 9–12 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (15:45)
Disc 2
  1. 1–4 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (17:44)
  2. 5–8 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1018 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (17:41)
  3. 9–13 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 6 in G major, BWV 1019 - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (18:19)
  4. 10 Sonata for violin & keyboard No. 6 in G major (variant), BWV 1019a: Cantabile, ma un poco Adagio - Johann Sebastian Bach & Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach (6:17)
Disc 3
  1. 1–11 Bach as Capellmeister: Cöthen 1717-1722 (Discussion) - Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach & Peter Watchorn (27:33)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Emlyn Ngai Primary Artist
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