Pandolfo, Hunninger - Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord, Arias (2010)

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Pandolfo, Hunninger - Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord, Arias (2010)

Pandolfo, Hunninger - Bach: Sonatas For Viola Da Gamba And Harpsichord, Arias (2010)
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Genre: Classical | Label: Glossa | Catalog Number: 920411

Fifteen years after his recording of Bach’s three Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord (on hm, with Rinaldo Alessandrini), Paolo Pandolfo returns to this repertoire a new approach: the fruit of active and concentrated years of consideration, study and research into the inherent possibilities of his instrument. Given the basic differing natures of these two instruments, the performance of these works very often turns – in Pandolfo’s words – into a “musical argument”, rather than what is demanded by the music’s essential nature: a “musical conversation” in which the score achieves “transparency and eloquence”.

For this exercise in interpretative discourse Paolo Pandolfo has found a suitably-engaged musical mind in harpsichordist Markus Hünninger, a friend for many years and a teacher, like Pandolfo, at the Schola Cantorum Basiliensis. The resulting disc has a very personal flavour to it, reiterating the uncompromising sense of quality in all that the Roman gamba player does. Following on from his essential recordings of music by Forqueray, Hume, Marais, Sainte Colombe and Abel, he is now rounding off on Glossa his own particular vision of Bach, which he commenced in 2000 with the recording of the now-legendary Six Suites.

To complete the disc there are two vocal arias with obbligato viola da gamba drawn from two of Bach’s Passions, in which Pandolfo is joined by two leading early music singers of recent times, the countertenor Michael Chance and the bass Harry van der Kamp.

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: Paolo Pandolfo, Markus Hunninger, Harry Van der Kamp, Michael Chance, …

Reviews: "The viola da gamba which arose in England and later also became known in Italy, France and Germany is one of the most delectable instruments (if properly played)…A solo on the viola da gamba is also excellent to listen to…" (Johann Philipp Eisel, 1738).

Johann Sebastian Bach's chamber music is perhaps more experimental and more puzzling than any other part of his total compositions, and he made very few contributions, though substantial, to this field. These three sonatas were intended as virtuostic pieces for performance. However, even though he was not a gambist himself, the equality of their melodic lines, their harmonic accompaniment and their contrapuntal development made the three sonatas exceptional pieces of Baroque chamber music.

The album also includes Pandolfo providing 'obligato' viola da gamba accompaniment in two Bach Passion arias with eminent singers Harry van der Kamp (bass) and Michael Chance (countertenor). Not surprising on Bach's part, for the viola da gamba was used after 1700 mainly with programmatic intentions; it stood for transience and sorrow. It's unmistakable tone color therefore made it suitable above all for funeral compositions and settings of the Passion; Bach also used the viola da gamba in works like 'Actus Tragicus' and the 'Trauerode'(BWV 198) and his large passions.

Pandolfo considers this music as being 'new music' (sonatas) written by the composer for an an old instrument (viola da gamba). He has found a suitably engaged musical mind in harpsichordist and long time friend as well as fellow teacher at the Schola Cantorum, Markus Hunninger. Thus this resulting disc has a very personal flavor to it, reiterating the uncompromising sense of quality in all that the Roman gamba player does. He has spent considerable time and research into the inherent possibilities of his instrument. Given the basic differing natures of these two instruments, the performance of these works very often turns into a 'musical argument' rather than what is demanded by the music's essential nature a 'musical converstion', in which the score achieves 'tranparency and eloquence'.

This recording is proof that Pandolfo and Hunninger have achieved their goal of a converstional Bach in these three sonatas. As I listened I never had the feeling that they lost the sense of 'togetherness' in their performance. This is skillfully performed and an enjoyable listenng experience.

The addition of the arias is brilliant programming for it provides the listener with variety, adding interest to the recording. Both singers are superb in their contributions as one would expect from Van Kamp and Chance. Pandolfo states for our understanding that in the aria 'Es ist volbracht', the central part, which is normally played by full orchestra, has been transcribed for viola da gamba, alto and continuo. This is the very brief fast section , and I must oonfess that I did rather miss the larger intrumentation, but a minor thing to be sure.

GRAMOPHONE MAGAZINE, MARCH 2011: "Splendidly played and sung, and beautifully recorded - the balance between Harpsichord and Gamba in the sonatas could hardly be bettered - these accounts merit enthusiastic recommendations."

Tracklisting:

Sonatas for viola da gamba

Sonata I, BWV 1027
01 Adagio
02 Allegro, ma non tanto
03 Andante
04 Allegro moderato

05 Preludio
(improvised)
06 Komm, süßes Kreuz
(Recitativo & Aria, Matthäus-Passion, BWV 244)

Sonata II, BWV 1028
07 Adagio
08 Allegro
09 Andante
10 Allegro

11 Es ist vollbracht
(Aria, Johannes-Passion, BWV 245)

Sonata III, BWV 1029
12 Vivace
13 Adagio
14 Allegro

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