J.S. Bach
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Music for Solo Flute

Main Performer
or Conductor:
Wilbert Hazelzet
Instrumentation:Flute
Individual Works:SUITE FOR CELLO No. 1, BWV 1007

Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Menuett 1 + 2
Gigue

SUITE FOR CELLO No. 2, BWV 1008

Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Menuett 1 + 2
Gigue

SUITE FOR CELLO No. 3, BWV 1009

Prélude
Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Bourrée 1 + 2
Gigue

PARTITA FOR FLUTE, BWV 1013

Allemande
Courante
Sarabande
Bourrée Anglaise

Record Label:Glossa
Catalog Number:GCD 920804
Year Released/Recorded:1999
Total Playing Time:75:11
Related Web Site:http://www.glossamusic.com/catalogue/0804.htm
Comments:Review by Jan Hanford:

Performance: extraordinary
Recording: perfect

Wilbert Hazelzet is a performer I've admired for many years as part of Music Antiqua Koln. His performance of the flute sonatas in the MAK recording of Kammermusik is one of my favorites.

This recording of his transcription of three of the six suites for solo cello is outstanding. I am a big fan of transcriptions in general because they bring a new and often interesting perspective to already familiar works on another instrument. This performance, in particular, is extraordinary because of his phrasing. Unlike the cello, the flute requires breathing. Where and when to breathe is an important factor in the interpretation, as it can disrupt the phrasing and flow of the melodies. Hazelzet's breathing is barely noticable making his phrasing uninterrupted. Not since Rampal have I heard this kind of control.

He is playing a copy of an authentic baroque flute. However, I found the sound not that much different than a modern flute because of his incredible technique. A lesser musician would not sound this good. His tone is consistent, warm and lovely.

The inclusion of the famous Partita for Solo Flute is very nice, but I would have preferred hearing the rest of the suites for cello. Hopefully there will be a follow-up recording of the rest of these exquisite works. I do highly recommend this recording. It's an elegant and beautiful treat for lovers of the flute and Bach's music.

Acknowledgements:From the collection of Jan Hanford.
Date First Submitted:08/11/2001
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