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Classical - Released October 12, 2010 | Avie Records

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Bach's six Trio Sonatas for organ, BWV 525-BWV 530, were composed in the late 1720s. Bach made the connection with the true trio sonata explicit, calling them "sonatas or trios for two keyboards [i.e., those of an organ] and pedal obbligato," and they may have been based on actual trio sonatas now lost. Nevertheless, transferring them back to the trio sonata group of two melody instruments plus continuo is not a straightforward process. There have been plenty of attempts. The one undertaken here by London's historical-instrument Brook Street Band represents probably the simplest approach, but even this version changes the music a bit. The chief alteration comes in the necessity of adding notes for the right hand of the harpsichord, which joins a cello on the continuo part. This thickens the texture a bit, but the biggest shift comes in passages with characteristically Bachian chromatic harmonies (check out some of the harmonic sequences in the first movement of the Trio Sonata in C minor, BWV 526, track 4), where the clashes become intense indeed. In general this all-female British group, which here releases its first Bach recording, has a bright but not jittery, straightforward sound that respects the Italian origins of the trio sonata genre without going to operatic extremes. The Baroque playing is fun, in a word, and has attracted lots of fans, but they're not well supported here by Avie's engineers; the sound is unpleasantly close up and wiry. Booklet notes by the estimable cellist and founder Tatty Theo are in English, French, and German. © TiVo
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Classical - Released June 1, 2018 | Avie Records

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The Brook Street Band, here pared down to trio size, is named for Handel's London address and has carried out some deep dives into his music. These sonatas for violin and continuo qualify for that heading: several of them are widely regarded as spurious, although they're strong enough to have convinced the German compilers of the Händel Werke Verzeichnis of their authenticity. The Brook Street Band has also recorded Handel's trio sonatas, and buyers in search of one album might choose that. But this release is a thorough pleasure as well. All but one of the sonatas are in the conservative slow-fast-slow-fast pattern of the earlier Italian sonata, a factor militating against the authenticity of some of the later pieces. But the material is worked out in characteristically Handelian ways, and the players make a good case for the music as genuine Handel. Sample one of the fast movements, for example, the Allegro of the Violin Sonata in D minor, HWV 359a, to hear the vigorous, strongly rhythmic, rather edgy approach favored by these musicians. Especially noteworthy are the slow-movement gestures of violinist Rachel Harris, which convince the listener that they were the work of a master of opera. More than an album for Handel completists, this is a strong release from a British group that has consistently issued historically informed Baroque performances of passion and commitment. © TiVo
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Classical - Released January 1, 2006 | Avie Records