How many people does is take to play a trio?
J. S. Bach’s answer: one. His six trio sonatas were a gift for his son, Wilhelm Friedemann Bach, as the ultimate mastering in the techniques of organ playing. Some may have been written specially for him, others started life as orchestral music and were repurposed for the organ.
Organists were never likely to keep the monopoly on music as finely wrought and stunningly beautiful as this, and instrumentalists were quick to claim them for themselves, reversing Bach’s decision to have them played by one person.
In this concert, three parts vied explore the long history of repurposing these organ works for instruments, demonstrating the endless ways Bach’s music can be reimagined. Alongside two sonatas on the organ, played by Alexander Pott, the other four sonatas are played on different combinations of instruments: recorders, violin, viola, cello and viola da gamba. A rare opportunity to hear all six sonatas in concert, with each piece given a distinctive instrumental flavour.
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750)
Trio Sonata BWV527 in D minor
Trio Sonata BWV525 in E-flat major
Trio Sonata BWV528 in A minor
Trio Sonata BWV529 in D major
Trio Sonata BWV526 in C minor
Trio Sonata BWV530 in G major