JS Bach - Sonatas, Chorales & Trios | Alpha ALPHA316

JS Bach - Sonatas, Chorales & Trios


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Label: Alpha

Cat No: ALPHA316

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 23rd September 2016



After the success of the first fourteen reissues, which restored to the limelight some of the gems of the early music repertory in the catalogues of our labels, here are fourteen new titles to allow listeners to renew acquaintance with further treasures of the Renaissance and Baroque (and even a journey through time thanks to Raphaël Imbert’s album Bach Coltrane), performed by some of the leading interpreters of the genre; most of these discs won one or more awards on their first release. As with the first series, the artists have been asked to contribute to the booklets, in which, with a few years’ hindsight, they talk about their conception of the works and how they went about recording them. The photographers of the Magnum agency illustrate the covers of the series with their work; this time the common design element is the colour yellow.

Defining the boundaries between sacred and secular music in Bach's music is not an easy task, as this distinction was made neither by the composer nor by most of his contemporaries. Bruno Cocset's CD highlights this permanence of spirituality in Bach's music, as he places side-by-side the three sonatas for viola da gamba and arrangements of chorales for organ solo.

On his quest for the most appropriate sonorities to make the music he plays sing, Bruno Cocset has again turned to his cello-maker and friend, Charles Riché, with the demand that he would conceive a new instrument, half-viola, half-violin, favourable to virtuosity as well as polyphony. They found inspiration in a painting from Bartolomeo Bettera, which proves once more that music and painting are one: ut pictura musica.

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