WCS 108 -
Telemann: Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord
Dorian Komanoff Bandy and Paul Cienniwa


Telemann (1681-1767) was one of music’s great mavericks, an aesthete with a restless mind and cosmopolitan tastes. During his nearly seven-decade career, he sampled every conceivable genre, idiom, and national style, and incorporated a dizzying number of them into his music.

The Violin Sonatas of 1715 are so wide-ranging in both idiom and expression that, heard together, they constitute a microcosm of Telemann’s art. Other recordings of these works often include cello. These pieces, however, were written specifically for the duo instruments — just violin and harpsichord, performed brilliantly here by and Dorian Komanoff Bandy, violin and Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord. In making this unique recording, Bandy and Cienniwa didn’t think of them as six individual pieces, but a single big piece with 24 movements.

The Sonata in F sharp minor is a real rarity and this is its world premiere recording. Unpublished in his lifetime, the manuscript is signed as George Melante, a nearly-anagrammatic pseudonym.

Comparing the seven works on this recording, it is clear that Telemann had no simple schema, no formula that would produce a single piece of music over and over. These are seven truly distinct sonatas: each unique, daring, and extraordinary in its own way..

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TRACKS
Sonata no. 1 in G minor, TWV 41:g1
1.
Adagio
2.
Allegro
3.
Adagio
4.
Vivace
Sonata no. 2 in D major, TWV 41:D1
5.
Allemanda Largo
6.
Corrente Vivace
7.
Sarabanda
8.
Giga
Sonata no. 3 in B minor, TWV 41:h1
9.
Cantabile
10.
  Allegro assai
11.
  Andante
12.
  Vivaci
Sonata no. 4 in G major, TWV 41:G1
13.
  Largo
14.
  Allegro
15.
  Adagio
16.
  Allegro
Sonata no. 5 in A minor, TWV 41:a1
17.
  Allemanda Largo
18.
  Corrente Vivace
19.
  Sarabanda
20.
  Giga
Sonata no. 6 in A major, TWV 41:A1
21.
  Allemanda Largo
22.
  Corrente Allegro
23.
  Sarabanda
24.
  Giga
Sonata in F-sharp minor, TWV 41:fis2
25.
  Largo
26.
  Andante
27.
  Adagio
28.
  Un poco presto
PERSONNEL
Dorian Komanoff Bandy - baroque violin
Paul Cienniwa - harpsichord
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