J.S. Bach: Complete Flute Sonatas, Volume I

László Borbély, Szabolcs Szilagyi

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Bach’s Flute Sonatas: A Journey into Profound Emotions

Bach’s flute sonatas are a compelling testament to sensitive, penetrating, and soul-stirring music. Surprisingly, the four sonatas on this disc elude idyllic simplicity, prompting reflections on Bach’s pursuit of perfection beyond what we may imagine. These flawless structures serve as a poignant reminder of our human finitude and imperfections, with Bach’s music delving into the deepest spheres of the human psyche. The soaring, inducible phrases in the slow movement of the Sonata in C major resonate like stems of a plant reaching for the light, capturing listeners in an unending ascent towards illumination.

Unforgettable Expressions: Bach’s Flute Sonata in E Minor

The Sonata in E Minor emerges as an unforgettable experience, with its opening movement’s almost brutal phrasing leaving a lasting impact. Fiery, even movements intertwine as a counterpoint, further immersing audiences in Bach’s profound exploration of human emotions. Shifting moods in the A major Sonata’s outer movements and the ‘heartbeats missing’ in the slow movement foreshadow the rebellious structures of modernity, making this collection of sonatas an unparalleled expression of musical artistry.

Beyond Verbal Expression: Bach’s Language of Music

Bach’s flute sonatas transcend linguistic barriers, conveying profound content that words fail to capture fully. The pieces pose ultimate questions about humanity, inviting listeners to embark on an introspective journey. As Bach’s language unfolds, it reveals evidence of a timeless era before the tumultuous events of Babel. These sonatas not only speak to us but also resonate with the essence of human existence, carrying an emotive weight that remains etched in the hearts of those who listen.

László Borbély, Piano
Szabolcs Szilagyi, Flute

Tracklist

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1.
Sonata in E-flat Major, BWV1031, Allegro moderato
03:35
2.
Sonata in E-flat Major, BWV1031, Siciliana
02:50
3.
Sonata in E-flat Major, BWV1031, Allegro
04:12
4.
Sonata in C Major, BWV1033, Andante
01:57
5.
Sonata in C Major, BWV1033, Allegro
02:20
6.
Sonata in C Major, BWV1033, Adagio
02:03
7.
Sonata in C Major, BWV1033, Menuet I. - Menuet II. - Menuet I. ab initio
03:03
8.
Sonata in E Minor, BWV1034, Adagio ma non tanto
03:45
9.
Sonata in E Minor, BWV1034, Allegro
02:32
10.
Sonata in E Minor, BWV1034, Andante
04:05
11.
Sonata in E Minor, BWV1034, Allegro
04:39
12.
Sonata in A Major, BWV1032, Vivace
03:19
13.
Sonata in A Major, BWV1032, Largo e dolce
03:19
14.
Sonata in A Major, BWV1032, Allegro
04:39

Total time: 00:46:18

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HRES2312-1

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Flute

Wm. S. Haynes 19.5k Custom Gold Flute Platinum Headjoint

Microphones

Mics for flute: Brauner VMX, Mics for piano: 2x DPA 4011, Ambience: 2x Schoeps CMC6+MK2H

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Piano

Steinway & Sons Model D Grand Piano

Release DateAugust 4, 2023

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This first volume of what is planned to be the complete recordings of the flute sonatas… If the remaining four are as nicely performed as these, we shall have a wonderful integral set performed by two outstanding artists and captured in excellent sonics.

As László Borbély observes, Bach’s flute sonatas are far from idyllic contemplations. They are intense, contrasting, fiery, and occasionally brutal. And they soar. Oh, my do they soar. Anyone performing these works as kind, gentle, bucolic works simply misses the depth of the music contained in these pieces. Szilágyi and Borbély don’t make this mistake. They tackle the complexity and contradictions contained in Bach’s music head on.

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