JS Bach - Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord | Resonus Classics RES10278

JS Bach - Sonatas for Viola da Gamba and Harpsichord


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Label: Resonus Classics

Cat No: RES10278

Format: CD

Number of Discs: 1

Genre: Chamber

Release Date: 30th April 2021



The cembalo-obbligato sonata reached its zenith in the middle decades of the eighteenth century; thought to date from the last fifteen years of J.S. Bach’s life, the composer was a pioneer of this compelling form, and for the soloistic role of the harpsichord in ensemble music.

Critically acclaimed Amsterdam-based viola da gamba player Robert Smith joins with the celebrated Italian harpsichordist Francesco Corti to present a new recording of four prime examples of this genre, Bach’s three Sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord along with a Sonata by his close contemporary Christopher Schaffrath.

Completing the album is a new work by Robert Smith – based on Henry Purcell’s Dido’s Lament this innovative new work for the instrument absorbs broad influences from both the eighteenth century and the heavy-metal band Metallica.

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