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Listen  1. Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (solo flute): I. AllemandeJanet See 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (solo flute): II. CorrenteJanet See 4:33£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (solo flute): III. SarabandeJanet See 4:24£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Partita in A Minor, BWV 1013 (solo flute): IV. Bourrée AnglaiseJanet See 3:13£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033: I. AndanteJanet See, Davitt Moroney and Mary Springfels 1:31£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033: II. AllegroJanet See, Mary Springfels and Davitt Moroney 2:45£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033: III. AdagioJanet See, Mary Springfels and Davitt Moroney 1:36£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033: IV. Minuet I & IIJanet See, Davitt Moroney and Mary Springfels 3:03£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033 (solo flute): I. AndanteJanet See 1:35£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033 (solo flute): II. AllegroJanet See 3:05£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen11. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033 (solo flute): III. AdagioJanet See 1:37£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Sonata in C Major, BWV 1033 (solo flute): IV. Minuet I & IIJanet See 3:02£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen13. Sonata in E-Flat Major BWV 1031: I. Allegro moderatoJanet See & Davitt Moroney 3:32£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Sonata in E-Flat Major BWV 1031: II. SicilianaJanet See & Davitt Moroney 2:01£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Sonata in E-Flat Major BWV 1031: III. AllegroJanet See & Davitt Moroney 4:47£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Sonata in G Minor BWV 1020: I. AllegroJanet See & Davitt Moroney 3:54£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Sonata in G Minor BWV 1020: II. AdagioJanet See & Davitt Moroney 2:38£0.79  Buy MP3 
Listen18. Sonata in G Minor BWV 1020: III. AllegroJanet See & Davitt Moroney 5:04£0.79  Buy MP3 

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant Performances of Music Often Considered Spurious 8 April 2006
By Leslie Richford - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750): Flute Sonatas Vol. 2. Partita in A Minor BWV 1013; Sonata in C Major BWV 1033 in two versions; Sonata in E Flat Major BWV 1031; Sonata in G Minor WV 1020. Performed by Janet See, baroque transverse flute; Davitt Moroney, harpsichord; Mary Springfels, viola da gamba.

Recorded in March 1990 by Skywalker Sound of Marin County, California.

Harmonia Mundi, originally released as the second CD of the set HMU 907024.25, now re-released in the budget Classical Express series as HMCX 2957025. Total time: 57’15”.

The first volume of Bach’s flute sonatas by the same performers (HMCX 3957024) has been given almost unanimous praise by critics and Amazon reviewers alike. This second volume continues the marvelous performance on period instruments by three of America’s most accomplished baroque musicians. The main difference between the two CDs is the fact that the pieces on this CD are more controversial from a musicological standpoint and that Janet See has opted to play two of them as flute solos. BWV 1013, the partita in A minor, is an older piece that Bach possibly wrote for French virtuoso flautist Buffardin in Dresden. Janet See gives a spirited performance, and it is probably only the very last note of the Allemande (where she concludes the movement with a loud and rather shrill tone) where opinions will differ. BWV 1033 has been classed by musicologists as spurious, possibly as a work by Bach’s second son Carl Philipp Emanuel. Davitt Moroney, obviously the driving musicological force behind the recording, thinks that Johann Sebastian may have written the flute part, while Carl Philipp Emanuel added the bass line. Therefore the piece has been recorded here twice, once as a flute solo and once with the bass line (including Mary Springfels playing a lovely continuo in the Allegro second movement). Janet See was not content to play the flute solo movement in exactly the same way as in the trio sonata version, and a comparison is well worth the making: the solo version is slightly longer and contains some effects that would have been misplaced in an ensemble version.

BWV 1031 has also been considered spurious by some, but Davitt Moroney is convinced of its genuineness. And the last item of the program, BWV 1020, is well-known for being of doubtful provenience; Moroney agrees with the majority of musicologists that it is probably a work by the youthful Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach. The majority of surviving manuscripts describe the piece as being for violin, but Moroney points out in his notes that its range is much more suited to the transverse flute (and I have another recording of the piece where the oboe is used). The playing is everywhere excellent, and the wonderful sound of Davitt Moroney’s copy of a Parisian harpsichord from the year 1707 is a further plus (although one might query the use of a French instrument for music that was so firmly anchored in Saxony).

Anyone who has Volume 1 of this set should have no qualms about buying Volume 2 and enjoying it equally as much as that first CD.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Gorgeous music 11 Feb 2013
By robert van horson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Bach's flute sonatos
like you've never heard them. Janet See plays the baroque flute (wood) like an angel. The sound of these selections is crystal clear and mellow. Fantastic!
A long hard battle with intonation 20 Nov 2014
By Vic - Published on Amazon.com
I was expecting so much more based on the preceding reviews... but this disk (and the first volume) fall short. Don't know whether it's the Folkers & Powell flute or Janet See's technique, but the high notes squeak and overall it sounds as if it's one long battle with intonation. The dry acoustic doesn't help. I have Lisa Beznosiuk, Frans Brüggen, and Stephen Preston on traverso and they sound gorgeous.
Bach: Flute Sonatas, Vol. 2... 16 Nov 2012
By D. S. HARDEN - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I heard the Sonata in B Minor from "Bach: Flute Sonatas, Vol. 1" last week (11/05/12-11/09/12) on KUSC-FM while driving. The combination of Janet See's Traverse Flute and Davitt Moroney's Harpsichord (along with Mary Springfels Viola da Gamba) is excellent in my book!

That said, I purchased "Bach: Flute Sonatas, Vol. 2" by the same artists without hesitation!

Consistant, technically competent, enjoyable are words that come to mind with this collection!

Again, erfect for playing at work (and helping me get work done)!

I rate Bach: Flute Sonatas, Vol.2 - Five stars!
0 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Bach flute Sonatas CD 11 Jan 2007
By Ruth E. Woll - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The CD was received in perfect condition. I already had heard it, so knew I would like the musical quality.
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