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Bach: Sonatas for viola da gamba & harpsichord ()

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composed by Johann Sebastian Bach, Paolo Pandolfo

Gambist Paolo Pandolfo, a student of Jordi Savall, has an unorthodox style that listeners either passionately love or are left completely cold by. He has recorded Bach's sonatas for viola da gamba and harpsichord in the past but returns to them here with a thoroughly unusual reading that, he says, was motivated by the desire to turn the relationship between the two instruments from a contrasting "musical argument" into a "musical conversation." To accomplish this he makes use of the gamba's capability of producing sound ...

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  1. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027
  2. Preludio, improvisation for viola da gamba
  3. St. Matthew Passion (Matthäuspassion), for soloists, double chorus & double orchestra, BWV 244 (BC D3b): Komm, süßes Kreuz
  4. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028
  5. St. John Passion (Johannespassion), BWV 245 (BC D2): Es ist vollbracht
  6. Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029
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