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Roman - The 12 Flute Sonatas: Nos 1 - 5

Composer Johan Helmich Roman
Performer Dan Laurin
Jonas Nordberg
Mats Olofsson
Anna Paradiso
Period Baroque
Catalogue Number BIS-2105 SACD
EAN 7318599921051
Format SACD Hybrid

This hybrid disc plays on both CD and SACD players
SACD Surround - SACD Stereo - CD Stereo

Release date Jan 2015
Total time 70'04

played on the recorder by Dan Laurin
Empfehlung, Klassik-Heute.de

In Stockholm during Johan Helmich Roman's lifetime, the recorder was the most common wind instrument, used throughout 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 bourgeosie. Possibly this higher status contributed to Roman's choice of instrument for the set of XII Sonate a flauto traverso, violone e cembalo that he presented to Queen Ulrika Eleonora the Younger on her birthday in 1727. But that hasn't stopped the celebrated recorder player Dan Laurin to take up his countryman’s sonatas on his own instrument. In a text included in the CD booklet, 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, Laurin hears the influence of the Italian musicians that Roman met in London during his stay there 1715-1721. Especially striking he finds Roman's affinity with the music of Naples – a music that challenged the stylistic ideals of the baroque. With his fellow musicians in Paradiso Musicale, Laurin therefore opts for an Italianate slant – different continuo settings, ranging from harpsichord alone to the full complement including baroque guitar, provide great variety in realizations characterized by bold and striking harmonizations.
 
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  Johan Helmich Roman
  Sonata I in G major, BeRI 201 15'42
01 Largo 5'36
02 Allegro 2'54
03 Larghetto 1'45
04 Andante 2'37
05 Vivace 2'50
 
  Sonata II in D major, BeRI 202 10'36
06 Vivace – Adagio – Vivace 4'11
07 À tempo giusto 3'38
08 Larghetto – Andante – Adagio 1'52
09 Non presto 0'55
 
  Sonata III in C minor, BeRI 203 12'32
10 Largo 2'45
11 Allegro 2'48
12 Adagio 2'44
13 Vivace 2'06
14 Alla Francese. Con spirito 2'09
 
  Sonata IV in G major, BeRI 204 15'27
15 Largo 4'55
16 Allegro 3'31
17 Larghetto 2'34
18 Vivace 1'15
19 Allegro 2'19
20 Non presto 0'53
 
  Sonata V in E minor, BeRI 205 14'33
21 Lento 2'16
22 [no tempo marking] 3'28
23 Grave 3'42
24 Allegro 1'58
25 Vivace 0'54
26 Andante 1'39
27 [no tempo marking] 0'36
 
  Album total 70'04
ComposerRoman, Johan Helmich
CelloOlofsson, Mats
HarpsichordParadiso, Anna
Lute/guitarNordberg, Jonas
RecorderLaurin, Dan
LuteNordberg, Jonas

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