‘The orator and the musician have essentially the same aim: namely, to make themselves masters of the heart of their listeners, to arouse or still their passions, and to transport them now to this sentiment, now to that. Thus it is to the advantage of both, if each has some knowledge of the duties of the other.’
(Johann Joachim Quantz)
This recording brings together two wonderful demonstrations of the art of rhetoric: a trio sonata by Dieterich Buxtehude and J. S. Bach’s Musical offering. Bach’s work, written for and dedicated to the flute-playing Frederick the Great, is among his most haunting and enigmatic. The movements are played here not in the order often employed, but in a sequence that reflects their rhetorical unfolding.
As with all The Bach Players’ recordings, fresh insights are gained by placing the music in context.
Dieterich Buxtehude (c. 1637–1707): Sonata no. 6 in D minor for violin, viola da gamba, and basso continuo, Bux WV 257
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685–1750): Musikalisches Opfer, BWV 1079
playing time: 54:13
Marion Moonen flute, Nicolette Moonen violin, Reiko Ichise viola da gamba, Silas Wollston harpsichord
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Accompanying the CD
A 16-page accompanying booklet includes an essay by Silas Wollston on ‘Bach the orator’. There are photographs of the musicians in recording and a note on the painting by Adolph Menzel that supplies the cover image. The CD and booklet are held in a packet made of card and without plastic.
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