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La Gioia Armonica: Hebenstreit’s Bach (24/192 FLAC)

La Gioia Armonica: Hebenstreit’s Bach (24/192 FLAC)

La Gioia Armonica: Hebenstreit’s Bach (24/192 FLAC)

Composer: Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer: La Gioia Armonica
Format: FLAC (tracks)
Label: Ramée
Catalogue: RAM2101
Release: 2022
Size: 2.46 GB
Recovery: +3%
Scan: yes

Cello Suite No. 3 in C major, BWV1009
01. Sarabande

Partita for solo violin No. 3 in E major, BWV1006
02. Preludio

Cello Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV1007
03. Prelude

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 6 in G major, BWV1019
04. I. Allegro
05. II. Largo
06. III. Allegro
07. IV. Adagio
08. V. Allegro

Violin Sonata in E minor, BWV1023
09. I. […]
10. II. Adagio ma non tanto
11. III. Allemande
12. IV. Gigue

Sonata for Violin & Harpsichord No. 2 in A major, BWV1015
13. I. [Dolce]
14. II. Allegro assai
15. III. Andante un poco
16. IV. Presto

Violin Sonata in G major, BWV1021
17. I. Adagio
18. II. Vivace
19. III. Largo
20. IV. Presto

Johann Sebastian Bach was certainly familiar with the pantaleon – a large hammered dulcimer with a wide range and full chromatic scale. Bach’s contemporary Pantaleon Hebenstreit had developed the instrument, through which he gained international renown and became one of the best-paid Dresden court musicians. The instrument enjoyed great popularity in the 18th century and was an important precursor of the fortepiano, its younger brother.


Bach may have heard Hebenstreit with his pantaleon himself, as he knew several court musicians of the Dresden orchestra personally and also performed with some of them. Whilst we cannot know if they had met in reality, our imagination has nonetheless been much exercised. What would Bach have put on his famous colleague’s music stand? Very little music written for the pantaleon has survived, although the instrument’s use in the court orchestras of Vienna and Dresden suggests that works for the harpsichord and for the violin in particular could have served for arrangements and improvisations. It is hard to imagine that Bach would have objected to a virtuoso like Hebenstreit adapting his Violin Sonatas for the pantaleon.

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