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JS Bach: Organ Trio Sonatas (arranged for multiple instruments)
The wealth of secular and sacred music Bach produced in his lifetime belies the fact that very few bona fide works for chamber ensemble exist (or survive). This prompted us, with a great sense of humility and deference towards the master, to increase our chamber repertoire with these beguiling gems.
Our task of adapting these pieces for varying combinations of instruments can also be seen as harking back to Bach’s own interest in transferring styles and idioms from other works to a solo or group of instruments, and vice-versa, something which he explored particularly during his years of employment at the ducal court in Weimar (1708-1717).
Regular performances in some of the world’s most prestigious venues have confirmed Florilegium’s status as one of Britain’s most outstanding period instrument ensemble. Since their formation in 1991 they have established a reputation for stylish and exciting interpretations, from intimate chamber works to large-scale orchestral and choral repertoire.
“if the spirit of the originals is hard to reproduce, the attempt yields a rich crop of repertoire-enhancing chamber music. The playing sparkles with an intoxicating freshness that continually invites the lively outer movements onto the dance floor.” BBC Music Magazine, November 2012 ****
“Especially imaginative scorings inform Florilegium's critiquing of the sonatas' contrapuntal clarity and spaciousness, ones which exploit the multi-genre references which so fascinated Bach...the main Florilegium protagonists offer some wonderfully responsive and vital Bach-playing, esepcially in the framing works.” Gramophone Magazine, November 2012
“it is a measure of Florilegium’s success that anyone who does not know the organ originals would hardly guess that these trios were not conceived for flute, strings and lute or harpsichord continuo. To purists, the combinations might seem un-Bachian, but the instrumentation is inspired. This entrancing disc is a team effort, unreservedly recommended.” Sunday Times, 5th August 2012
“The trio sonatas that Bach wrote, probably for his son Wilhelm Friedemann to master his skills at the organ, are so perfect that you can understand why others have plundered them for different instruments...The most successful are BWV 525 and 526, nicely done with flute and violin duetting equally over continuo.” The Observer, 29th July 2012
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Australian organist Christopher Wrench plays Bach’s Sonatas BWV 525-530 on the organ of Garnisons Kirke, Copenhagen. Christopher Wrench commands a broad solo repertoire including the complete organ works of Bach, whilst also working as a liturgical musician, pedagogue and chamber player. He teaches organ at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University and directs the music programme at St Mary’s Anglican Church, Kangaroo Point in Brisbane. In 2008 he was awarded the Lord Mayor’s Australia Day Cultural Award for his outstanding contribution to the musical life of Brisbane.
“From the moment I first played the Lund reconstruction of the Garnisons Kirke organ when preparing for a recital in 1998, I dreamt of recording the Bach Organ Sonatas on the instrument. With my strong interest in informed performance practice, there was no doubt in my mind that the tonal freshness of this particular instrument and the exceptional agility of its mechanism would provide a superb medium for the realisation of Bach’s musical vision.”Christopher Wrench
“This goes right to the top of the list for these works” Audiophile Audition
“Like port and cheese, Bach and organ music go hand in hand. Beautifully crafted, and intelligently played by Bach specialist Wrench, this is music of sheer beauty. Play it loud so your neighbours can appreciate it too.” Classic FM Magazine
“Australian-born organist Christopher Wrench has scored...sheer joy in music-makin...an unequivocal triumph” Fanfare
“This is a mature artist at work who has not only great musical insight, but also the technical superiority to give it” Organ Australia
“exceptional performances on an outstanding instrument” The American Organist
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arranged for clarinet, cor anglais & bassoon
Trio Lézard - Jan Creurtz (clarinet), Stépahne Egeling (cor anglais), Stefan Hoffmann (bassoon)
(also available to download from $10.50)
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