|Jan Hanford said:|
After years of waiting we now have several versions of Bach's Flute Sonatas with fortepiano accompaniment. This recording uses it on only three of the sonatas and, in the liner notes, explains that Bach himself did indeed have experience with fortepianos near the end of his life, therefore justifying its use. I agree and feel the combination of fortepiano and baroque flute is wonderful.
This outstanding recording has rapidly become my favorite. Wilburt Hazelzet's exquisite performance on baroque flute is matched by Jacques Ogg's lively and perfectly articulated harpsichord and pianoforte performances. The balance of instruments is one of the best I've heard; recorded closely bringing the musicians into the room. Hazelzet's tone and phrasing are alluring, making these beautiful works extremely enjoyable. Jaap ter Linden on cello is an added bonus on some sonatas, making the feeling of "trio sonatas" complete. Speaking of complete, the Partita in A minor for solo flute, BWV 1013 is not included in this set, but the trio sonata from the Musical Offering BWV 1079 is (one of the sonatas accompanied by fortepiano). I found the substitution to be appropriate; it made the program more consistent. (Hazelzet's lovely performance of the solo Partita can be found on his delicious recording Music for Solo Flute.)
Glossa continues to release recordings of the highest quality. The Flute Sonatas is a highly recommended recording that I hope will be long in-print and widely admired.