Roman: The 12 Flute Sonatas: Nos 6 - 12

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Roman: The 12 Flute Sonatas: Nos 6 - 12



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1st July 2016




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Roman: The 12 Flute Sonatas: Nos 6 - 12


Sonata VI in B minor, BeRI 206

Sonata VII in G major, BeRI 207

Sonata VIII in A major, BeRI 208

Sonata IX in C major, BeRI 209

Sonata X in E minor for flute and basso continuo, BeRI 210

Sonata XI in G minor, BeRI 211

Sonata XII in D major, BeRI 212

Dan Laurin (recorder)

Paradiso Musicale



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In Johan Helmich Roman's lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument in Stockholm, used across the social spectrum including the Royal music establishment for which the composer was responsible. The transverse flute, on the other hand, was generally the preserve of the upper classes: the nobility and bourgeoisie. Possibly this higher status influenced Roman's choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso, violone e cembalo but that hasn't stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin from taking up his countryman's sonatas on his own instrument. In his liner notes, Laurin explains his fascination with Roman's music: 'complex emotional contexts are contrasted with folk music forms such as the villanella or piva the music is asymmetrical, irregular and full of unexpected twists, sudden pauses and cadences.' In it, he hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there from 1715-1721, and with his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin opts for an Italianate slant in his performances: continuo settings ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar provide great variety in recordings characterized by striking harmonisations. With its ample playing time, the present disc completes Laurin's survey of the sonatas that began with BIS2105, with Sonatas 1-5, a disc which received acclaim in Gramophone: 'Dan Laurin brings all his customary verve and eloquence in pieces whose emotional content is as unpredictable as the sequence of movements'. Together with the companion discs of Roman's 12 keyboard sonatas recorded by Anna Paradiso, the set highlights the inquisitive mind and wide-ranging sensibilities of a composer who, although active in the far north of Europe showed a keen interest in what was happening on the continent.

Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 6 in B Minor, BeRI 206

I. Larghetto

II. Allegro

III. Non troppo allegro

IV. Grave

V. Allegro

Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 7 in G Major, BeRI 207

I. Largo

II. Larghetto

III. Lento

IV. Allegro assai

Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 8 in A Major, BeRI 208

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Andante

IV. Adagio - Allegro


Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 9 in C Major, BeRI 209

I. Cantabile

II. Vivace

III. Andante

IV. Allegro

V. Minuetto

Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 10 in E Minor, BeRI 210

I. Larghetto

II. Andante

III. Piva

IV. Non presto

V. Villanella

Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 11 in G Minor, BeRI 211

I. Largo

II. Allegro

III. Larghetto

IV. Allegro

Johan Helmich Roman: Flute Sonata No. 12 in D Major, BeRI 212

I. Con spirito

II. Allegro

III. Con affetto

IV. Allegro

MusicWeb International

16th December 2016

“A must for all lovers of late baroque instrumental music.”

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