|Review by Jan Hanford:|
An exciting new recording of the rarely recorded Viola Da Gamba sonatas. I've always felt these beautiful works do not receive the respect they deserve. This remarkable recording uses the tangent piano as accompaniment, instead of harpsichord. Unusual and delightful! The tangent piano was created in the 18th century to imitate a hammered dulcimer and indeed that sound describes it very well. It was a popular keyboad instrument in the second half of the 18th century, along with the closely related fortepiano.
The two instruments work well together even better, perhaps, than with harpsichord. The inclusion of the Sonata for Flute and Cembalo BWV 1030 arranged for viola da gamba and harpsichord is a wonderful choice to fill out the disc.
The performances are outstanding and I left this disc in my cd player for 2 whole days after buying it and listened to it over and over. Once again, BIS has brought us a high-quality gem that I highly recommend.