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Wilhelm Friedemann Bach (1710-1784)
6 Sonatas for two flutes
AP0251 , DDD - TT: 68'48"
Copyright (R)2011, (C)2011

  1. Sonata lV in F major (Falck 57)
  2. Sonata ll in G major (Falck 59)
  3. Sonata Vl in f minor (Falck 58)
  4. Sonata V in E flat major (Falck 56)
  5. Sonata lll in E flat major (Falck 55)
  6. Sonata l in e minor (Falck 54)

Birgisdóttir Gudrún, flute
Nardeau Martial, flute

booklet: Gudrún Birgisdóttir, Martial Nardeau (Polish, English, French, Icelandic)

Wilhelm Friedemann's duos for flutes far surpass all that was composed for this instrumentation during the baroque era. There is great equality of the two parts and the demands for technical and artistic insight indicate that the composer had great virtuosi in mind when composing them. It is generally believed that these duo sonatas date from three periods in the composer's life. Sources disagree on whether Wilhelm Friedemann was 14 or 19 years old when he composed the first two sonatas. They are full of clarity, sincerity and lightness, while the slow movements look back to former times in the canonic writing. Sonatas nos. III and IV are believed to be composed during the Dresden years. They are more demanding than the first two, and here one can detect the brilliance and influence of Italian opera. It is easy to imagine that Buffardin and Quantz, the famous and outstanding flute virtuosi of the court orchestra, influenced the composer. Here he makes severe demands for speed and agility, but the slow movements are permeated by the profound expressions of the mature artist. More than thirty years passed until Wilhelm Friedemann finished his Sonatas nos. V and VI in Berlin. Here his musical language is more chiseled. The composer goes to extremes in thematic development and his modulations are steep and fascinating.