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The Sonatas for Violoncello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027-29

Sebastian Hess / Richard Egarr

The Sonatas for Violoncello and Harpsichord, BWV 1027-29

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Format: CD
Label: Globe
UPC: 8711525508408
Catnr: GLO 5084
Release date: 19 August 2002
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Label
Globe
UPC
8711525508408
Catalogue number
GLO 5084
Release date
19 August 2002
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About the album

Sebastian Hess was born in Munich in 1971 and studied the cello in Würzburg and Munich with Julius Berger and Helmar Stiehler. By far the strongest lnlluence on his playing came from his meeting with the great cellist and pedagogue William Pleeth with whom he went to study in 1989. He made his London recital debut in 1991 to great acclaim from the public and the press and has since made a great many appearances as soloist and chamber music player in such cities as Munich (Biennale), Frankfurt, Vienna, Aldeburgh, London (Almeida Festival), and in the Scandinavian countries.

Rlchard Egarr was born in Lincoln (England) in 1963. His musical training began as a chorister at York Minster Cambridge. After taking his Mus. B. degree in 1986, he spent a year studying with David Roblou at the Guildhall School or Music ln London. The following year, with the award of a Dutch Government Scholarship, he went to study with Gustav Leonhardt In Amsterdam. In 1988, he took top prize in the lnternational C.P.E. Bach Fortepiano-Clavichord·Harpsichord Competition In Hamburg.

The five-stringed cello used by Sebastian Hess for these recordings is a transition model which was fairly common between ca. 1660-1720 and offers a playing technique and texture of sound that is closer to the viola da gamba than an instrument in modern setup. This is one of the important features of these performances, since the works were written by Bach during that same transition period, when the viola da gamba was losing its territory in favour of the cello. The harpsichord is, of course, the only historically correct keyboard instrument to render these sonatas on.

Bachs geniale sonates voor violoncello en klavecimbel op historische instrumenten
De vijfsnarige cello die Sebastian Hess voor deze opnames van de Sonates voor violoncello en klavecimbel van Johann Sebastian Bach gebruikt is een overgangsmodel dat tussen circa 1660 en 1720 vrij gebruikelijk was. Het instrument biedt een speltechniek en textuur van klank die dichter bij de viola da gamba ligt dan bij een moderne cello. Dit is een van de belangrijkste kenmerken van deze uitvoeringen, aangezien Bach de werken tijdens dezelfde overgangsperiode componeerde, een periode waarin de viola da gamba zijn terrein verloor ten gunste van de cello. Het klavecimbel is natuurlijk het enige historisch correcte toetsinstrument waarop deze sonates uitgevoerd kunnen worden.

Alle musicologische argumenten terzijde, dit zijn levendige en opwindende uitvoeringen, gebaseerd op de meest recente editie van de werken (die van Laurence Dreyfus voor Edition Peters, Leipzig). Omdat dit de enige werken zijn die Bach voor deze specifieke combinatie van instrumenten heeft geschreven, leek het gepast om geen andere werken aan het album toe te voegen. Hierdoor wordt de genialiteit van de sonates op zich benadrukt.

De Duitse cellist Sebastian Hess heeft zich inmiddels gevestigd als een de meest getalenteerde musici van de jongere generatie. Zijn uitgebreide repertoire reikt van werken uit de vroege Barok tot aan hedendaagse muziek. De Engelse pianist, organist en klavecinist Richard Egarr, sterleerling van Gustav Leonhardt, wordt erkend als een van de beste klavecinisten van zijn generatie. Samen vormen ze een zeer evenwichtig duo.

Artist(s)

Richard Egarr (harpsichord)

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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