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'Friends of the Lute': JS Bach Sonata

Magazine article Gramophone

'Friends of the Lute': JS Bach Sonata

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'Friends of the Lute'

JS Bach Sonata, BWV1025 (arr Weiss) (a) Baron Concerto for Flute and Lute (b) Weiss Fantasias in B flat; in C. Concert for Lute and Mandolin (reconstr Lohr) (c). Chaconne in A Axel Wolf lute with (b) Dorothee Oberlinger fl (a) Christoph Anselm Noll hpd (c) Anna Torge mand Oehms [F] OC876 (66' * DDD)

A fictitious letter excerpted in the booklet-notes to this attractive release paints a scene in which WF Bach 'brings about an encounter' between three men--JS Bach, Silvius Leopold Weiss and the latter's student, one Herr Kropffgans. What follows is a Baroque jam session of sorts, with Bach on harpsichord, Weiss on lute and Kropffgans on mandolin. Apparently such a meeting did take place, though the letter writer wasn't around to witness it. It's a lovely image, and one that opens up all sorts of possibilities for a musical programme which in this case includes the alto recorder of Dorothee Oberlinger, who joins lutenist Axel Wolf and co for a delightful Musikabend. …

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