Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Sonatas for Recorder, Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba (2019)

Bach

Michala Petri, Hille Perl, Mahan Esfahani

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Unlike the other landmark collections that came from Bach’s pen, the six flute sonatas all appear to have been “one offs” with no particular plan for publication as a set. Further, in contrast to the collections for solo strings, Bach’s chamber music for flute was written comparatively late in his career, the earliest, the Sonata in E minor BWV1034, probably a product of Bach’s early Leipzig years (mid-1720s) and the latest, the Sonata in E major for flute and continuo BWV1035, is believed to have been written during the last decade of composer’s life for Frederick the Great.

In honor of OUR Recordings’ 40th Release, Michala Petri could scarcely choose a more exciting program than a return visit to Bach’s Flute Sonatas; Michala’s famous 1992 recording with Keith Jarrett has long since attained legendary status. Just as her collaboration with Jarrett unveiled a ‘new-born’ approach to Bach, this new recording is likewise revelatory and... transcendent. Joining Michala on this journey is an early music dream team: harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, rightly regarded as one of the fiercest of the younger generation of clavecinistes, playing his new Jukka Ollikka harpsichord, and Hille Perl, one of the world’s leading and most beloved viola da gambists rounding out the continuo unit. 

As we’ve come to expect from OUR Recordings, the sonics and packaging are extraordinary, thanks to the producer Preben Iwan and booklet notes by Mahan Esfahani. This new recording of the Bach “Flute” Sonatas is destined to become a reference edition of this famous works.

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Michala Petri

Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder. 

Her repertoire spans works from the Baroque, Classicism, Romanticism and extends into contemporary and improvised music. It is precisely this versatility that lies behind her special appeal as an artist. 

Her collaboration in the 90s on two cds with Keith Jarrett, gave her a latent interest in the art of improvisation, which is partly required in Baroque music, though within the narrow borders of the rules of that time. The collaboration was initiated by Keith Jarrett, who heard Michala play in concert at New Yorks Lincoln Centre and suggested that they at some point played something together - which let to two albums of Bach Sonatas and Handel Sonatas. Recently she has taken up playing fully improvised concerts, amongst others with Benjamin Koppel and Carsten Dahl. 

She has received the Leonie Sonning Music Prize, Europa Musicale Soloist Prize, three times the German ECHO KLASSIK Award, amongst others. She has recorded more than 70 cds, several having been Grammy-nominated. 

Artists with whom she has collaborated include Keith Jarrett, Sir Neville Marriner, James Galway, Gidon Kremer, Heinz Holliger, Henryk Szeryng, Pinchas Zukermann, Maurice Andre, Joshua Bell, Mahan Esfahani and Claudio Abbado. Among composers having composed for her are Sir Malcolm Arnold, Gordon Jacob, Per Nørgaard, Vagn Holmboe, Pelle Gudmundsen-Holmgreen, Olav Anton Thommessen, Sunleif Rasmussen, Bent Sørensen, Steven Stucky, Joan Albert Amargos, Chen Yi, Bright Cheng, Ander and Thomas Koppel and Daniel Børtz. 

photo: Søren Solkær, from booklet

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Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Sonatas for Recorder, Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba (2019)

Bach

Michala Petri, Hille Perl, Mahan Esfahani

    Fanfare USA

There can be no doubt that recorder player Michala Petri holds one of the pre-eminent positions as one of the most prolific and talented performers on the instrument. Her work spans many years and a discography that is quite monumental. Moreover, she has a repertory that ranges from the early Baroque to jazz, using the recorder as a medium for a new sound world. It is therefore with some anticipation that I received this disc of Johann Sebastian Bach’s equally well-known and iconic flute sonatas, performed with a continuo consisting of Mahan Esfahani on the harpsichord and Hille Perl on viola da gamba.

Bertil van Boer

Johann Sebastian Bach: 6 Sonatas for Recorder, Harpsichord and Viola da Gamba (2019)

Bach

Michala Petri, Hille Perl, Mahan Esfahani

Digital Converters: Pyramix DAW system with HORUS preamps/ converters and Tango Controller.
Mastering Engineer: Preben Iwan
Microphones: 3x DPA 4006-TL - 2x DPA 4015TL, 1x Neumann U89 & 2x Neumann KM184
Producer: Preben Iwan
Recording location: Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen June 11 - 14. 2019
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DXD
Speakers: B&W Nautilus Diamond

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1.
Sonata B minor - Andante
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Sonata B minor - Largo e dolce
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Sonata B minor - Presto
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Sonata B minor - Allegro
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Sonata E flat major - Allegro moderato
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Sonata E flat major - Siciliano
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Sonata E flat major - Allegro
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Sonata G major - original A-Major - Vivace
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Sonata G major - original A-Major - Largo e dolce
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Sonata G major - original A-Major - Allegro
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Sonata C major - Allegro Presto
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Sonata C major - Allegro
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Sonata C major - Adagio
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Sonata C major - Menuetto 1 - 2
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Sonata G minor - original e-minor - Adagio man non tanto
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Sonata G minor - original e-minor - Allegro
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Sonata G minor - original e-minor - Andante
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Sonata G minor - original e-minor - Allegro
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Sonata F major - original E-Major - Allegro ma non tanto
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Sonata F major - original E-Major - Allegro
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21.
Sonata F major - original E-Major - Siciliano
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22.
Sonata F major - original E-Major - Allegro
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