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6 Sonatas for harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019

Catherine Manson / Ton Koopman

6 Sonatas for harpsichord and violin BWV 1014-1019

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Label: Challenge Classics
UPC: 0608917256024
Catnr: CC 72560
Release date: 03 August 2012
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CC 72560
Release date
03 August 2012

"Ton Koopman's harpsichord playing, here matched by Catherine Manson in a likewise controlled and stylistically aware performance of the set, is always an inspiration – expresssive in sound an never dull or routine."

Early Music Review, 30-5-2013
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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.
De vernieuwende vioolsonates van Bach
De vioolsonates van Bach zouden eigenlijk beter sonates voor klavecimbel en viool genoemd kunnen worden. In de zes werken neemt Bach afstand van bijna elke conventie van de destijds gebruikelijke vorm van een baroksonate en laat in plaats daarvan beide instrumenten afwisselend op de voorgrond treden. Samen vormen de klavecimbel en de viool een oprechte dialoog waarin de luisteraar in de muziek wordt betrokken. Het was niet ongebruikelijk voor Bach om per zes werken te componeren. Neem bijvoorbeeld zijn zes partita’s voor viool, de zes cellosuites, de zes Engelse suites of de zes Brandenburg Concerten. Deze sets moeten echter niet gezien worden als cycli met een specifieke volgorde, maar als groepen waarin de muzikale mogelijkheden van deze instrumenten verkend worden en zo één geheel vormen.

Eén van de belangrijkste eigenschappen van de vioolsonates zit in de innovatieve notatie van de muziek, die een prototype vormden voor de klassieke viool-piano sonates van Mozart en Beethoven. Ondanks dat de traditionele elementen nog teruggevonden kunnen worden in een aantal delen, ontstijgt de klavecimbel de standaardbegeleidingen van de barokmuziek. In deze zes sonates transformeerde Bach het genre naar een nieuwe tijd.

De muziek wordt uitgevoerd door Catherine Manson op viool en Ton Koopman op klavecimbel. Catherine Manson. Manson geniet een uitgebreide carrière als soliste, kamermusicus en orkestleider. In 2006 werd ze benoemd tot orkestleider van het Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra. Ton Koopman is een internationale gerespecteerd specialist in barokmuziek en in het bijzonder J.S. Bach en Buxtehude.
Die Geburtsstunde der klassischen Duo-Sonate.

Weil Bach praktisch in allen Gesichtspunkten von der konventionellen Form der barocken Triosonate abweicht, ist es in seinen sechs Sonaten für Violine und Cembalo möglich, beide Instrumente bei der Entfaltung des thematisch-motivischen Materials gleichberechtigt teilhaben zu lassen. Auf diese Weise kann sich auch zwischen den beiden ausführenden Musikern ein echter Dialog entwickeln. Catherine Mason und Ton Koopman tun dies auf beispielhafte Weise.

Artist(s)

Ton Koopman (harpsichord)

Ton Koopman is a leading figure in Early Music and historically informed performance practice. As organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman has performed all over the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. His Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman and ABO&C have recorded all sacred and secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, an extraordinary project that earned international acclaim. After that Koopman recorded the complete works by Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Besides performing as a soloist and with his ABO&C, Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor for modern orchestras and also devotes part of his time...
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Ton Koopman is a leading figure in Early Music and historically informed performance practice. As organist and harpsichordist Ton Koopman has performed all over the world and played the most beautiful historical instruments of Europe. His Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra & Choir has gained worldwide fame as one of the best ensembles on period instruments. Between 1994 and 2004 Ton Koopman and ABO&C have recorded all sacred and secular cantatas by Johann Sebastian Bach, an extraordinary project that earned international acclaim. After that Koopman recorded the complete works by Bach’s predecessor, Dieterich Buxtehude. Besides performing as a soloist and with his ABO&C, Ton Koopman is very active as a guest conductor for modern orchestras and also devotes part of his time to teaching. Ton Koopman is president of the International Dieterich Buxtehude Society and, since 2019, president of the Leipzig Bach Archiv.

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Catherine Manson (violin)

Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006 As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally. Together with Ton Koopman she has recorded all the Buxtehude chamber music. She has appeared frequently as a chamber musician together with such artists as Trevor Pinnock, Anner Bylsma, Malcolm Bilson, Steven Isserlis and Michael Chance, and has also recorded for Hyperion, Dorian, Glossa, ASV...
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Catherine Manson enjoys a versatile performing career specializing in period performance as a soloist, chamber musician and orchestral leader. She was appointed as leader of the Amsterdam Baroque Orchestra in 2006 As first violinist of the classical London Haydn Quartet she has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall, the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam and London’s Wigmore Hall. The quartet’s series of recordings of the Haydn quartets on the Hyperion label has met with high critical acclaim internationally.
Together with Ton Koopman she has recorded all the Buxtehude chamber music. She has appeared frequently as a chamber musician together with such artists as Trevor Pinnock, Anner Bylsma, Malcolm Bilson, Steven Isserlis and Michael Chance, and has also recorded for Hyperion, Dorian, Glossa, ASV and Teldec, in addition to many radio recordings and broadcasts worldwide.
She is regularly invited to appear as a guest leader by ensembles including Smithsonian Chamber Players and Santa Fe Pro Musica in the USA, Collegium Vocale, Il Gardellino and Ensemble Explorations in Belgium and the new London-based ensemble Arcangelo.
Teaching has always been an important part of her musical life; in 2001 she co-founded and now directs MusicWorks, a chamber music course for young musicians. In addition to giving classes and seminars at King’s College and the Royal Academy of Music, she has taught at the Baroque Performance Institute in Oberlin College, USA and the Domaine Forget chamber music courses in Canada. On the London Haydn Quartet's recent tour to the USA she gave masterclasses at the Juilliard School and at Yale University. She is on the faculty of the Granada International Festival’s 'Musical Interpretation' course for students interested in further study of period instrument playing.

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Composer(s)

Johann Sebastian Bach

Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.  Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.  
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Johann Sebastian Bach was a German composer and musician of the Baroque period. He enriched established German styles through his skill in counterpoint, harmonic and motivic organisation, and the adaptation of rhythms, forms, and textures from abroad, particularly from Italy and France. Bach's compositions include the Brandenburg Concertos, the Goldberg Variations, the Mass in B minor, two Passions, and hundreds of cantatas. His music is revered for its technical command, artistic beauty, and intellectual depth.

Bach's abilities as an organist were highly respected during his lifetime, although he was not widely recognised as a great composer until a revival of interest in and performances of his music in the first half of the 19th century. He is now generally regarded as one of the greatest composers of all time.


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Press

Ton Koopman's harpsichord playing, here matched by Catherine Manson in a likewise controlled and stylistically aware performance of the set, is always an inspiration – expresssive in sound an never dull or routine.
Early Music Review, 30-5-2013

From the very start of BWV 1014, you can feel that this highly disctinctive duo has a good sense of admiration for Bach's inventiveness
BBC Music Magazine, 01-2-2013

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Disc #1
01.
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014: Adagio
03:10
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
02.
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014: Allegro
02:54
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
03.
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014: Andante
03:00
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
04.
Sonata 1 in b minor BWV 1014: Allegro
03:33
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
05.
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015: dolce
02:35
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
06.
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015: Allegro
03:16
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
07.
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015: Andante un poco
02:53
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
08.
Sonata 2 in A major BWV 1015: Presto
04:38
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
09.
Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016: Adagio
03:41
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
10.
Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016: Allegro
02:52
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
11.
Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016: Adagio ma non tanto
04:36
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
12.
Sonata 3 in E major BWV 1016: Allegro
03:56
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman

Disc #2
01.
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017: Largo
04:11
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
02.
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017: Allegro
04:37
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
03.
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017: Adagio
03:20
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
04.
Sonata 4 in c minor BWV 1017: Allegro
04:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
05.
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018: [Largo]
05:57
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
06.
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018: Allegro
04:40
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
07.
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018: Adagio
04:05
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
08.
Sonata 5 in f minor BWV 1018: Vivace
02:34
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
09.
Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019: Allegro
03:36
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
10.
Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019: Largo
01:39
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
11.
Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019: Allegro cembalo solo
04:29
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
12.
Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019: Adagio
02:28
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
13.
Sonata 6 in G major BWV 1019: Allegro
03:30
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
14.
Appendix: two movements from earlier versions of Sonata 6: Cantabile, ma un poco Adagio
06:36
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
15.
Appendix: two movements from earlier versions of Sonata 6: Adagio
01:50
(Johann Sebastian Bach ) Catherine Manson, Ton Koopman
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