About the album
‘The orator and the musician have essentially the same aim: namely, to make themselves masters of the heart of their listeners, to arouse or still their passions, and to transport them now to this sentiment, now to that. Thus it is to the advantage of both, if each has some knowledge of the duties of the other.’ (Johann Joachim Quantz)
This recording brings together two wonderful demonstrations of the art of rhetoric: a trio sonata by Dieterich Buxtehude and J. S. Bach’s Musical offering. Bach’s work, written for and dedicated to the flute-playing Frederick the Great, is among his most haunting and enigmatic. The movements are played here not in their conventionally established order, but in a sequence that reflects their rhetorical unfolding.
As with all The Bach Players’ recordings, fresh insights are gained by placing the music in context.
11Sonata no.6 in D minor for violin, viola da gamba, and basso continuo, BuxWV 257
12Musical offering, BWV 1079 Ricercar [a 3]
13Musical offering, BWV 1079 Canon perpetuus
14Musoical offering, BWV 1079 Canones diversi
15Musical offering, BWV 1079 Fuga canonica
16Musical offering, BWV 1079 Ricercar a 6
17Musical offering, BWV 1079 Canon a 2, Canon a 4: Quaerendo invenietis
18Musical offering, BWV 1079 Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale: Largo
19Musical offering, BWV 1079 Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale: Allegro
110Musical offering, BWV 1079 Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale: Andante
111Musical offering, BWV 1079 Sonata sopr'il Soggetto Reale: Allegro
112Musical offering, BWV 1079 Canon perpetuus