BACH: 6 SONATAS FOR HARP­SI­CHORD AND VI­O­LIN

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - MUSIC REVIEWS - MICHAEL DERVAN

Cather­ine Man­son (vi­o­lin), Ton Koop­man (harp­si­chord)

Chal­lenge Clas­sics CC 72560 (2 CDs) It is, if you think about it, a most un­likely out­come. Bach’s sonatas and par­ti­tas for solo vi­o­lin, uniquely de­mand­ing on play­ers and lis­ten­ers alike, are far more pop­u­lar than the com­poser’s less daunt­ing vi­o­lin sonatas with ei­ther harp­si­chord or con­tinuo. Cather­ine Man­son and Ton Koop­man present the sonatas for vi­o­lin and key­board with the bal­ance weighted more to­wards the harp­si­chord than is usual – the works are mostly in three-part coun­ter­point, with the key­board play­ing two parts. The re­sult of the re­bal­anc­ing is im­pos­ing and a times a lit­tle se­vere, with Man­son’s tone at time more pinched than I care for. Def­i­nitely one to try be­fore you buy. chal­lenge.nl

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