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Bach - Sonatas for Viola da gamba and Harpsichord

Jordi Savall, Bach Audio CD
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  • Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
  • Audio CD (1 April 2000)
  • SPARS Code: DDD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Alia Vox
  • ASIN: B00004SZ37
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,719 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen12. Sonata III (G Moll) BWV 1029: Vivace (Bach) 5:09£0.99  Buy MP3 
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What is this thing called "cembalo"? In Bach's day, the word covered all the keyboard instruments, which means that today we must take our pick. Two recordings of these chamber works have come out simultaneously, with one presenting the cembalo part on a tangent piano, and the other, more conventionally, on the harpsichord. And though Miklos Spanyi's tangent piano is interesting, it doesn't have the beauty and sweetness of Ton Koopman's harpsichord. Koopman and Jordi Savall are two of Baroque music's celebrities, and to get them together is a coup. Moreover, Savall's viola da gamba speaks with a velvety richness that does wonders for these gracefully spare works. Playing on three instruments in turn--the oldest going back to 1550--he shows how different it is from the cello, with which it is often wrongly compared; it's possible that Bach originally wrote these sonatas for flute, but with this combination they work gorgeously. Highly recommended. --Michael Church

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ALIA 9812; ALIA VOX -; Classica da camera Viola

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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars All alone, by the telephone ... 27 Nov 2012
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Bach may well have written these trio sonatas as a farewell to the viola da gamba: after all, it was he himself who was mainly responsible for promoting the violincello as an instrument of superlative expression, made manifest in his definitive sonatas for unaccompanied cello. Yet there is still a lot to be heard in the sonorities of the viola da gamba: a lot less versatile or expressive than the upstart cello, but still with a comforting walnut sound that goes so well with the lively picked-out strumming of the harpsichord - also on its way out, soon to be replaced by the fortepiano of Mozart's time. These sonatas, played with such accomplishment and mutual interplay by Jordi Savall and Ton Koopman, provide a very enjoyable experience in sonority and rhythm; but look out for some startling previews of modern times! In the third movement of the first sonata you will hear, unmistakeably, material for Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" ballet score: and try not to hum "All alone, by the telephone" while listening to the second movement of the second sonata!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Superb 9 Mar 2001
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Savall and Koopman first recorded the three gamba sonatas over twenty years ago, so this new version was already up against stiff competition from the same pair of musicians. But what a revelation! While the two work together splendidly, the contrast between their approaches is what makes the collaboration so perfect. And, as one might expect, the added experience both have beind them make for a more relaxed, though hardly less engaging, performance. Savall's dynamic subtleties are matched by Koopman's strongly rhetorical approach and tighty controlled ornamentation. As an added bonus, one of the six trio sonatas (originally for organ) is added to fill out the disc. While there are plenty of recordings of these works in the catalogue, including excellent modern instrument performances by the likes of Kim Kashkashian on viola and many 'cellists, these should easily be THE performances to have, and not just for period-performance buffs.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best period recording of these works available 2 April 2002
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This has to be considered the definitive recording of the Bach gamba sonatas. Savall and Koopman are arguably the finest gamba and harpsichord players, respectively, in the world. The balance is slightly more harpsichord-heavy than is typically heard, but it allows both hands of the keyboard a chance at equality. Rather than be a viol accompanied by two keyboard lines, this is three individual lines of music, and Koopman is skilled enough to make it work. Listen for a few painfully long resolutions on half-cadences at the end of slow movements. It's the nice kind of pain. The addition of an arrangement of an organ sonata as a sort of fourth viola da gamba sonata is a pleasant treat.
For those of you who don't know these works, this is essential listening. The three gamba sonatas are among the last great pieces written for the instrument, which subsequently went out of style until relatively recently.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not your grandmother's period performance 6 Aug 2002
By C. Dyer - Published on Amazon.com
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Delicious. Despite the remarkable artistry that has come into the historical performance world in the past several decades, we've had to wait for this to hear the first truly remarkable recording of the gamba sonatas (although the Bylsma/van Asperen experiment impresses too). These little gems are fantastic-- much larger in scope and depth than the humble (to those who have not heard it) instrumentation would suggest. And, Koopman and Savall have thrown in a reworking of the similarily structured C-major trio sonata for organ to the CD's tremendous advantage.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars superb artistry and delicious tone 21 Nov 2005
By Simon Zaleski - Published on Amazon.com
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There is a large number of recordings of these pieces available today, but I would say this ranks as one of the finest, if not THE finest, available. Jordi Savall has a wonderful way of making the viola da gamba sound as well as it can all the time, and even in the most virtuosic passages of these pieces there isn't any "scratchy" playing like you will find in recordings by lesser gambists. Also present is the great sense of musicianship and sensitivity one would expect from Savall.

Ton Koopman is among the most famous harpsichordists and Baroque conductors in the world today, and he certainly does justice to the keyboard parts, which unlike most contemporary Baroque sonatas, are far more than mere accompaniment or continuo parts. Bach wrote a true trio texture here, and while I would wish that some of the harpsichord lines could come out more, others have written that the harpsichord is more present than in other recordings, so perhaps as a harpsichordist myself(and gambist) I am just being picky!

I own hundreds of dollars worth of Savall CDs and I would recommend this one just as heartily as the others. A great treat is the arrangement of the C major organ tio sonata for alto viol and harpsichord: perhaps the only "alto viola da gamba" sonata recording you can find. The now-rare instrument sounds beautiful and has a singing tone with lots of resonance in the lower range...a little like a viola but with a more transparent and clear tone.
12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good, but not Great 29 Jan 2009
By Eric John - Published on Amazon.com
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Let me preface this review by saying that I am a HUGE fan of Savall's work. I collect his recordings compulsively. I have given tickets to his concert as a birthday gift, etc. etc.

That said, this recording is very difficult for me to listen to for more than a few minutes. I agree with the reviewer from Madrid, Koopman's cembalo is FAR to 'wet' sounding. Furthermore, Savall's viola is FAR too murky-- even dingy sounding. The end result is a tiresome contrast.

There is another recording from 2007 by Bruno Procopio/Emmanuelle Guigues which is excellent-- lively, balanced and clear. Unfortunately, for whatever reason, you can only get it as a mp3 download here on Amazon (as of 01/2009), although I am sure it's not to difficult to find a CD.
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