Sonatas for Lute & Strings

Sonatas for Lute & Strings


Artist: John Schneiderman (lute), Elizabeth Blumenstock (violin), William Skeen (violoncello)

Composer: Bernhard Joachim

Format: 1 CD


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In this music, Hagen gives us a fascinating glimpse into the world of a composer working at the very close of an era, working with an instrument unable to adapt to-or perhaps considered inappropriate for-the rapidly approaching Classical world of Haydn and Mozart. Hagen's music doesn't flow in the long arcs of sound we associate with Weiss or J.S. Bach. Nor does it incorporate many of the "broken" style brisé textures so effectively used by earlier French baroque lutenists. Instead, Hagen's lute style takes it's lead from the world of galant music, perhaps from the music of Falckenhagen, who was one generation his senior. "Being galant," as Wilhelmine's cultural hero and frequent correspondent Voltaire so succinctly put it, "in general, means seeking to please." Hagan's music does this, certainly, but it is also tinged with an edge of melancholy.  —Peter Danner

Track List

Sonata in F MajorSonata in F Major
1. Allegro
2. Andante
3. Minuetto & Trio

Sonata in E-flat Major
4. Allegro
5. Andantino
6. Allegretto ma Gratis

Sonata in C Major
7. Allegro
8. Molto andante
9. Minuetto & Trio

Sonata in B-flat Major
10. Allegro
11. Largo
12. Allegro moderato

Sonata in A Minor
13. Andante
14. Largo
15. Vivace

Sonata in A Major: Pastorella
16. Allegro, piu moderato, Allegro
17. Allegro
18. Amoroso

Total time: 72:38
Release date: 2009
UPC: 053479090720

This is first-rate chamber music, eloquently performed by three fine musicians.
— Johan van Veen, musica Dei donum

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