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Catherine Manson & Ton Koopman
6 Sonatas for harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019



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2CD | CC 72560 | 0608917256024




Johann Sebastian Bach
Six Sonatas for Harpsichord and Violin, BWV 1014-1019

By departing in virtually every respect from the conventional model of the baroque trio sonata, Bach’s six sonatas for harpsichord and violin let both instruments participate equally in the unfolding of the thematic-motivic material. They establish a genuine dialog between the two performers as well and, thereby, actually pave the way for the classic duo sonata. The dialog between these two top musicians is equel and enchanting and the intimate nature of this recording draws the listener immediately in the music.

Bach’s violin sonatas, more properly called sonatas for harpsichord and violin, represent a closed set of six works and resemble in this way a number of similar instrumental work groups consisting of half a dozen pieces of the same kind. Take for example the six sonatas and partitas for unaccompanied violin, the six suites for cello solo, the six English Suites, or the six Brandenburg Concertos—to mention only a few. The concept Bach pursues in these work groups, however, does not aim at a cycle in the sense of a specific sequence in which the pieces are to be performed; it rather follows the principle of systematically exploring the manifold musical possibilities that can be realized in one and the same category of composition. Hence, the single works happen to form a whole, that is, a more or less closed set. If published it would constitute an “opus”, as Bach called the printed edition of his six keyboard partitas of 1731.

The most important feature of Bach’s violin sonatas consisted in their innovative scoring, an absolute novelty at the time of their origin and in many ways the prototype, on which the classical violin-piano sonata of a Mozart and Beethoven would be based. Even though the traditional elements of the Baroque trio sonata for two treble instruments and basso continuo can still be found in a number of movements or sections of movements where the violin and the right hand of the harpsichord form a duo structure over a bass fundament, the prevailing texture of the harpsichord part transcends the trio convention. In the six sonatas BWV 1014-19, the composer Bach single-handedly created a transformation of the genre of violin sonata.



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  •  "….with superb control of style and technique.’, jury BBC Music Awards, which Koopman won in 2008
  • "Ton Koopman has an insatiable energy and exudes an enthusiasm that is contagious to all that are present." J. Gahre, Das Opernglas, November 2011
  • "This release rises to the high expectations its pedigree promises. Fans of Joseph Haydn, Ton Koopman and top notch genuinely ‘classical’ music in general can do no wrong in adding it to their collections." - Musicweb-international
  • 'After a battering subsidy decision, Ton Koopman hang in the ropes groggy.  With the Haydn Symphonies the terrier fights back" #4 TopTen 2010 of Guido van Oorschot De Volkskrant - November 2010
  • "[...] it is a new Koopman that we hear here. What stands out is the serenity that lies beneath the performance of this music. This has a very good influence on the depth and transparency. Nothing short though on liveliness on this CD." Thiemo Wind Telegraaf January 2011
  • "It's clear from the first note that Koopman is playing and nobody else. He improvises a fascinating continuo, where all other organists would neatly wait 'till it is their turn'. And that's just the beginning. A pleasure to listen to." Siebe Riedstra Luister February 2011
  • ''The slow middle sections create a great point in this lively discourse. A special compliment to the excellent play of the violin concertmaster. All in all an amazing addition to the Haydn repertoire!''Aart van der Wal opusklassiek October 2010



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TRACKS

CD1
12 Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016
11 Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016
10 Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016
Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014

CD 2
15 Appendix: two movements from earlier versions of Sonata 6
14 Appendix: two movements from earlier versions of Sonata 6
13 Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019
12 Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019
11 Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019
10 Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019
Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017
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