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BACH, J.S.: Viola da Gamba Sonatas, BWV 1027-1029 / Trios (Perkola, Hakkinen)

Composer(s):Bach, Johann Sebastian
Artist(s) Hakkinen, Aapo, harpsichord • Handley, Vernon, harpsichord • Perkola, Mikko, viola da gamba
Period(s) Baroque (1600-1750)
Genre Classical Music
Category Chamber MusicInstrumental
Catalogue 8.570210
Label Naxos
Quality   320kbps
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Bach’s three Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord, BWV 1027-29 have been variously dated, either to Bach’s Cöthen period, where as Kapellmeister he was responsible for all instrumental music, and had at his disposal a small but outstanding ensemble of musicians, or to the later period in Leipzig, when he was occupied with the Collegium Musicum. These intensely expressive and often technically demanding, yet intimate works have the usual texture of Bach’s instrumental sonatas, with two upper parts supported by a bass part.


Review By Daniel Lindenblatt,,September 2009


Der klare Bach im Wald
Transparente Aufnahme wohlstrukturierter Musik


Review By Penguin Guide,January 2009

Mikko Perkola and Aapo Häkkinen give impressive accounts of the three Viola da gamba Sonatas…Perkola has a fine, full timbre…What makes this generous (76-minute) Naxos disc worth considering are the bonus works, two Trios (transcribed from organ sonatas) and a pair of Harpsichord Sonatas, a single-movement work in A minor and a five-movement work in D which the final fugue is a ‘Theme in Imitation of the Hen and Cuckoo’. Aapo Häkkinen plays them stylishly.

Review By Harold Lopparelli,Diapason,February 2008


Review By David Denton, Naxos,December 2007

We tend to forget that most composers of yesteryear only composed to order and often to a tight deadline. The fact that Johann Sebastian Bach had discernable phases in his career was due to the employer he was working for. As Prince Leopold was not principally interested in elaborate church music from his Kapellmeister, Bach's endeavours were pointed to the court musicians during his years at Cothen. It would appear that the group of three Viola da Gamba sonatas (BWV 1027-29) came from this era around 1720 and were for an outstanding performer in the court, though he probably borrowed extensively from his previous compositions. Of the remaining items on the disc, the Trios are adaptations for the viola da gamba of organ scores (BWV 583-4). It does seem incongruous in a disc entitled



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