Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord
Title:

Bach: Sonatas for Viola da Gamba & Harpsichord

Artists:

Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba
Richard Egarr, harpsichord

Release Date:

19th November 2021

Cat No:

AV2491

Price:

£12.49 [BUY CD direct from AVIE Records]

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Summary:

Legends of the period-performance community Sarah Cunningham and Richard Egarr need little introduction with their contributions to recorded music garnering critical acclaim from early music afficionados across the decades. They join forces for their AVIE Records debut recording of J.S. Bach’s celebrated Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord together with Cunningham’s dazzling Organ Trio Sonata and Flute Partita arrangements to conclude the programme. The Gamba Sonatas have long-established themselves as a staple in the cello/gamba repertoire, notably extending their fame into popular culture with the Adagio from Sonata No. 3 featuring (alongside with Bach’s solo suites) in Anthony Minghella’s 1990 BAFTA award-winning movie “Truly, Madly, Deeply”, starring Alan Rickman and Juliet Stephenson.

Tracklist:

JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH (1685–1750)

Sonata No. 1 in G BWV 1027 for viola da gamba & harpsichord
1.
I. Adagio 4.02
2. II. Allegro ma non tanto 3.39
3. III. Andante 2.20
4. IV. Allegro moderato 3.13

Sonata No. 2 in D BWV 1028 for viola da gamba & harpsichord
5.
I. [Adagio] 1.51
6. II. Allegro 4.01
7. III. Andante 4.17
8. IV. Allegro 4.09

Sonata No. 3 in G minor BWV 1029 for viola da gamba & harpsichord
9.
I. Vivace 5.33
10. II. Adagio 4.56    SINGLE AV2499 (15 November)
11. III. Allegro 3.57

Organ Trio Sonata No. 3 in D minor BWV 527
arranged by Sarah Cunningham for viola da gamba & harpsichord
12. I. Andante 4.55
13. II. Adagio e dolce 5.01
14. III. Vivace 4.00

15. Flute Partita in A minor BWV 1013: I. Allemande 9.22
arranged by Sarah Cunningham for viola da gamba solo (transcribed to D minor)

Sarah Cunningham, viola da gamba Jane Julier, 2003, after Bertrand
Richard Egarr, harpsichord David Rubio, Duns Tew (Oxford), 1977, after Taskin (from the collection of Peter Sykes)

Recorded: United Church of New Marlborough, Southfield, Massachusetts, November 2017
Producer & Sound Engineer: Brad Michel
Edited by Brad Michel and Sarah Cunningham