J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Markku Luolajan-Mikkola
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Miklos Spanyi
Soloists:Markku Luolajan-Mikkola. viola da gamba
Miklos Spanyi, tangent piano
Instrumentation:Viola da Gamba
Tangent Piano
Individual Works:Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Minor, BWV 1030a
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Major, BWV 1027
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D Major, BWV 1028
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G Minor, BWV 1029
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:BIS
Catalog Number:BIS-CD-1061
Year Released/Recorded:2000
Total Playing Time:63'37
Related Web Site:http://webusers.siba.fi/~amattila/markku.html
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

An exciting new recording of the rarely recorded Viola Da Gamba sonatas. I've always felt these beautiful works do not receive the respect they deserve. This remarkable recording uses the tangent piano as accompaniment, instead of harpsichord. Unusual and delightful! The tangent piano was created in the 18th century to imitate a hammered dulcimer and indeed that sound describes it very well. It was a popular keyboad instrument in the second half of the 18th century, along with the closely related fortepiano.

The two instruments work well together even better, perhaps, than with harpsichord. The inclusion of the Sonata for Flute and Cembalo BWV 1030 arranged for viola da gamba and harpsichord is a wonderful choice to fill out the disc.

The performances are outstanding and I left this disc in my cd player for 2 whole days after buying it and listened to it over and over. Once again, BIS has brought us a high-quality gem that I highly recommend.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:07/04/2001