BACH'S SONATAS FOR VIOLA DA
GAMBA AND CEMBALO, played by HOWARD BLISS (Violoncello) and GORDON BRYAN (Pianoforte)
Sonata No. 2, in D-First Two Movements
Eleventh Chamber Concerto, Second Movement
Played by GORDON BRYAN
THE second 'Cello Sonata begins with a short slow Movement, in which the 'Cello's utterance is suave and succinct. There follows a cheerful quick Movement, starting quietly, with a touch of lilting syncopation in it, and swelling out strongly at the half-way mark-the top of the hill, one might say. 'Cello and Pianoforte animatedly discuss the main idea all down the other side, and clearly come to a unanimous decision about it.
The Second Movement of the Concerto which Bach arranged from a work by Duke Johann Ernst of Weimar, is in two sections-a leisurely one, with an obvious fiddle-tune supported by simple harmonies in the bass, followed by a. quick fugal-style section, mostly in two 1 voices ' only. On the keyboard its busy upper voice is obviously not so much at ease as it would be on a violin.
Relayed from the Memorial Hall, Manchester
S.B. from Manchester
ARTHUR CATTERALL (1st Violin), JOHN BRIDGE (2nd Violin), FRANK PARK (Viola), JOHAN C. HOCK (Violoncello) THE CATTERALL QUARTET, assisted by STEWART REDFERN (Viola), CARL FUCHS (Violoncello)