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This review is from: JS Bach: Sonates Bwv 1027-1029, Chorals Et Trios (Audio CD)
I've gone through a few recordings of these pieces trying to find one that made the music interesting, and was of good quality. Let's face it, the gamba sonatas are not among his top pieces even though no Bach is bad. They can sound somewhat rambling. Well this one fills the bill. Mind you Cocset doesn't actually play a viola da gamba but varieties of violone, however the sound ultimately is much the same, and in any case it's just beautiful - lush and deep. Cocset's only recording that's not quite up to the mark is the Bach Cello Suites - too many percussive noises as the strings hit the neck (go to Queyras for the best) - but all his other recordings are ravishing. He employs organ accompaniment on the first sonata, which is unusual, as well as the lovely bridging pieces - chorales etc - and harpsichord and basso on the other two. The organ works well in place of the usual harpsichord. The recording as always for Alpha is nicely balanced with plenty of ambience. Recommended!