Bachs, Benda and Brönnimann

Four of the composers on this recording met in real life – in Potsdam, in spring 1747. In this album they are reunited, joined by the flautist-composer who brings their encounter to life once more, the Swiss-born Markus Brönnimann. The stylistic contrasts between works three centuries apart serve to accentuate their strengths, the formal elegance of the earlier pieces underlining the expressive liberty of the recent ones. Brönnimann combines the two worlds with his luminous arrangement of one of the best-known of all classical compositions.

Markus Brönnimann, flute
Jean Halsdorf, cello (Tracks 1–3, 7–9, 11–13, 15–18)
Léon Berben, harpsichord (Tracks 1–3, 7–9, 11–13, 15–18)
Ensemble Pyramide (Tracks 4–6, 10)
Markus Brönnimann, flute Barbara Tillmann, oboe
Ulrike Jacoby, violin
Muriel Schweizer, viola
Anita Jehli, cello
Marie Trottmann, harp

Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Sonata in E minor for flute and basso continuo, BR WFB B 17 (12:41)

  1. I. Allegro ma non tanto (6:21)
  2. II. Sicilliano (2:42)
  3. III. Vivace (3:38)

Markus Brönnimann
Nocturne for flute (alto flute) and string trio (2016-2019)* (13:01)

  1. I. Indeciso, esitando – (5:52)
  2. II. Andante, flessibilie – (3:07)
  3. III. Calmo (4:02)

Franz Benda
Sonata in E minor for flute and basso continuo LIII:57 (11:30)

  1. I. Largo, ma un poco andante (3:00)
  2. II. Ariodo, un poco allegro (4:38)
  3. III. Presto (3:52)

Johann Sebastian Bach

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor, BWV565 (8:05)

Carl Philipp Emanuel Bach
Sonata in E minor for flute and basso continuo, WQ124/H551 (8:06)

  1. I. Adagio (2:19)
  2. II. Allegro (1:54)
  3. III. Menuet (3:53)

Markus Brönnimann

  1. Nomos for flute alone (2016)* (6:29)

Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata in E minor for flute and basso continuo, BWV1034 (13:58)

  1. I. Adagio ma non tanto (3:03)
  2. II. Allegro (2:42)
  3. III. Andante (3:24)
  4. IV. Allegro (4:49)

*First Recordings


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