|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.