Bach Sonatas for Flute and Continuo

In his first great monograph on the master of 1802, Johann Nikolaus Forkel writes that Bach created exceptional compositions for all instruments, in terms of both the musical forms and technical possibilities of this era. One of these is surely the undisputed grand collection of harpsichord and organ works, but also the repertoire of chamber music for the other solo instruments, passed down over the generations. Much of this has probably been lost forever, but there are still some phenomenal components left, particularly in terms of their content. In the violin and cellist repertoire, solo sonatas, partitas and suites hold a key technical and musical position like no other music of the Baroque period. And it is probably a similar case for the flutists ...



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Review "Hansgeorg Schmeiser plays the two solo Partitas with much felicity, and his flute dominates the six sonatas too, partly because the Nimbus recording is comparatively resonant. Even so the ensemble is well integrated and well balanced, yet with clear detail. The C minor Partita is probably authentic and makes an additional bonus, so this excellent new set goes to the top of the list of recommendations." The Penguin Guide
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