J.S. Bach
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Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Vittorio Ghielmi
Accompaniment/Orchestra:Lorenzo Ghielmi
Soloists:Vittorio Ghielmi, viola da gamba
Lorenzo Ghielmi, fortepiano
Instrumentation:Viola da Gamba
Fortepiano
Individual Works:Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in D, BWV 1028
Well-Tempered Clavier II, Prelude and Fugue in B Minor BWV 893
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G, BWV 1027
Well-Tempered Clavier II, Prelude and Fugue in D Major BWV 874
Sonata for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord in G minor, BWV 1029
Well-Tempered Clavier II, Prelude and Fugue in C Major BWV 871
Format:Compact Disc
Record Label:Ars Musici
Catalog Number:AM 1228-2
Year Released/Recorded:1998
Total Playing Time:61:01
Related Web Site:http://www.pianca-ghielmi.com/index.htm
Comments:Jan Hanford said:

A very lively performance by Vittorio Ghielmi on the viola da gamba accompanied by Lorenzo Ghielmi on fortepiano. The viola da gamba and fortepiano sound great together.

While the flame wars on the internet and elsewhere continue about whether J.S. Bach actually wrote for the fortepiano or not, it has been widely written that Bach played a fortepiano and that fortepiano was built by Silberman. A reconstruction of a 1749 Silberman instrument is used on this recording and the sound is extraordinary.

However, the choice of 3 Preludes and Fugues from The Well-Tempered Clavier II seems an odd choice to mix in with viola da gamba sonatas; I found the alternating program to be inappropriate. But the performance is excellent and highly enjoyable so I do recommend this cd.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:12/31/2001
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