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Recorded by Little Tribeca in april 2019 at L’Auditori Josep Carreras (Vila-seca, Spain)
Artistic direction, sound engineering, editing and mastering : Florent Ollivier
Instruments: Lina Tur Bonet plays a violin from Dom Nicolo Amati (Bologna, ca.1740) and a bow from René Groppe
Dani Espasa plays a French-Flemish harpischord built by Marc Ducornet (Paris, 2003), after Ruckers (Anvers, 1646) reshaped by Pascal Taskin.
Released: 15 November 2019
Bach, Handel: an Imaginary Meeting
This record is about reparation. History has not let two extraordinary composers meet each other. Georg Friedrich Haendel and Johann Sebastian Bach came to the world in 1785, one month apart. Twice, they failed to meet each other, and never again their life paths happened to come across, following parallel ways all along. This album is, thus, dedicated to this failure.
Lina Tur Bonet and Dani Espasa offer here a record that reflects multiple questions, engaging a critical dialogue. If Bach and Haendel’s sonatas are facing each other, it is mostly their voices that echo to one another. By chosing these works, Lina Tur Bonet and Dani Espasa recreate, for an instant, the encounter of the two German composers, whose existences suddenly merge into one. This is the exact meaning of the matter of music, being able to suspend the time for a moment by giving birth to something that has never been before.
Lina Tur Bonet and Dani Espasa prove to be true magicians in this recording, and much as their exceptional reinterpretation reveals the whole deepness and closeness that these works and their composers share.
In the press
The performers convince with a very beautiful and varied, always lively interpretations.
Lina Tur Bonet on a Nicolò Amati violin has a wonderful smoky yet clean-toned elegance to her sound which I love, and harpsichordist Dani Espasa is the perfect foil on his delicately ringing Franco- Flemish copy.
Une interprétation enlevée, pleine d'esprit, d'enthousiasme et de vie.
1-4. Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata no.4 in C minor, BWV 1017
5-8. Georg Friedrich Händel
Sonata in D major, HWV 371
9-12. Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata no.5 in F minor, BWV 1018
13-16. Georg Friedrich Händel
Sonata in D minor, HWV 359a
17-21. Johann Sebastian Bach
Sonata no.6 in G major, BWV 1019