Johan Helmich Roman - Keyboard Sonatas Nos 8-12 | BIS BIS2135

Johan Helmich Roman - Keyboard Sonatas Nos 8-12

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Label: BIS

Cat No: BIS2135

Format: SACD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Instrumental

Release Date: 29th January 2016

Contents

Works

Agrell, Johan

Sonata no.2 in C major

Roman, Johan Helmich

Keyboard Sonatas (12)
» no.8 in A major, BeRI 232
» no.9 in D minor, BeRI 233
» no.10 in B minor, BeRI 234
» no.11 in F minor, BeRI 235
» no.12 in E minor, BeRI 236
Sonata in C major, BeRI 215

Artists

Anna Paradiso (harpsichord/clavichord)

Works

Agrell, Johan

Sonata no.2 in C major

Roman, Johan Helmich

Keyboard Sonatas (12)
» no.8 in A major, BeRI 232
» no.9 in D minor, BeRI 233
» no.10 in B minor, BeRI 234
» no.11 in F minor, BeRI 235
» no.12 in E minor, BeRI 236
Sonata in C major, BeRI 215

Artists

Anna Paradiso (harpsichord/clavichord)

About

The music of Johan Helmich Roman, often called ‘the father of Swedish music’, owes as much to Italy – specifically Naples – as it does to Sweden: the restlessness of the harmonic idiom, the continuous melodic shifts and the theatrical character. Considering the distance between Stockholm and Naples, this might seem far-fetched, but we know that Roman encountered a number of Italian musicians while studying in London 1716-1721, and when in the 1730s he was able take a two-year sabbatical from his post as Kapellmeister at the Royal Court, his goal was Ischia near Naples.

Roman’s collection of Twelve Keyboard Sonatas was preserved in a manuscript assembled around 1748, but had most likely been composed in the course of the two decades before that. (One movement in Sonata III is labelled ‘a Napoli’, placing it in the autumn of 1736.) Consisting of between three and seven movements, the pieces have been referred to both as ‘suites’ and ‘sonatas’. Whatever the label, the collection is a fascinating testimony of a period of great stylistic diversity and change. In these recordings, Anna Paradiso emphasizes this aspect, performing the sonatas on three different instruments – a French and an Italian harpsichord and a copy of a Swedish clavichord from 1742 – with well-judged ornamentations and use of rubato.

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