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CANTUS

Kuniko Kato

CKD433
Double CD

    ‘John Butt's set on Linn warrants attention for the extraordinary quality of his interpretations.’ - AllMusic.com

    ‘… his account of Bach … is illuminating and thought provoking.’ - BBC Music Magazine

• Prize-winning Bach specialist John Butt O.B.E. and distinguished violinist Lucy Russell deliver a personal and historically informed performance on J.S. Bach: Sonatas for violin and harpsichord.

• The interpretations benefit from Butt and Russell's combined cumulative experience gained over a lifetime of study, together with an evident rapport honed during their work with Dunedin Consort.

• Russell’s performance explores the colours and emotions present in the music as well as highlighting Bach’s good humour and quirkiness.

• The duo relish the energetic dialogue and astonishingly diverse moods and characters present in Bach's music: from the supremely expressive violin ‘voice’ at the opening of the first sonata to the playful rhythmic tricks in the last movement of Sonata No. 4.

• Bach's fiendishly complex fugal writing and typically delicious chromaticism is in evidence throughout these hugely enjoyable works.

• Butt's informative booklets notes highlight the historical significance of these sonatas in which Bach introduces many of the fundamental features of an essentially new genre.

• Perhaps best known as director of Dunedin Consort, John Butt has won two Gramophone Awards: the ‘Baroque Vocal’ Award for Handel: Messiah and the ‘Choral’ Award for Mozart: Requiem.

• Dunedin's first instrumental release, J.S. Bach: Six Brandenburg Concertos, saw Butt's harpsichord solos singled out for their virtuosity and technical skill, whilst his 2014 recording of Bach's ‘48’ received several five star reviews and ‘Choice’ accolades.

• Lucy Russell is among the most distinguished of international violinists who have achieved eminence on both historical instruments and their ‘modern’ counterparts.

• Russell became leader of the Fitzwilliam String Quartet in 1995 with whom she has performed all over Europe, North America, the Middle East, and South Africa.

Disc 1:

Sonata No. 1 in B minor, BWV 1014
  1.   I. Adagio
  2.  II. Allegro
  3. III. Andante
  4. IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 2 in A major, BWV 1015
  5.   I. Dolce
  6.  II. Allegro
  7. III. Andante un poco
  8. IV. Presto

Sonata No. 3 in E major, BWV 1016
  9.   I. Adagio
10.  II. Allegro
11. III. Adagio ma non tanto
12. IV. Allegro
Disc 2:

Sonata No. 4 in C minor, BWV 1017
  1.   I. Largo
  2.  II. Allegro
  3. III. Adagio
  4. IV. Allegro

Sonata No. 5 in F minor, BWV 1018
  5.   I. Largo
  6.  II. Allegro
  7. III. Adagio
  8. IV. Vivace

Sonata No. 6 in G major, BWV 1019
  9.   I. Allegro
10.  II. Largo
11. III. Allegro
12. IV. Adagio
13.  V. Allegro


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