J.S. Bach

Recommended (or not) Recordings

Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Ekkehard Weber
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Robert Hill
Soloists:Ekkehard Weber, viola da gamba
Robert Hill, lautenwerk
Instrumentation:Viola da Gamba
Individual Works:Sonata for Flute, Violin and Harpsichord in G, BWV 1038
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G, BWV 1027
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D, BWV 1028
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Ars Muscia
Catalog Number:AM 1231-2
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:53:30
Related Web Site:http://www.ekkehardweber.de/
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

The use of the lautenwerk (lute-harpsichord) on this recording is what first attracted me to it. Robert Hill is an extraordinary harpsichordist, his recordings in the Hanssler Bachakademie Edition are remarkable.

This recording is wonderful. Where the harpsichord's brittle metalic sound can interfere with the tone and details of the viola da gamba, the sound of the lautenwerk here blends beautifully. Ekkehard Weber's performance is delightful with sensitive phrasing, lively tempos and brilliant articulation. It's one of the best performances of these works I've heard. The inclusion of a transcription of the rarely recorded trio sonata BWV 1038 is lovely bonus, further emphasising Weber's excellent musicianship. Highly recommended.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:11/23/2001