The dazzling debut from virtuoso recorder player Pamela Thorby which was named a Gramophone 'Choice'. This new recording offers an exuberant programme of baroque music for recorder and strings from the diva of the recorder, Pamela Thorby. She is joined by the ensemble Sonnerie, directed by Monica Huggett, to perform a programme of baroque recorder concertos by Vivaldi, Telemann, Sammartini.
There are four surviving church cantatas by Bach for solo alto voice. One, Wiederstehe doch der Sünde BWV54 was probably composed in 1714. The other three were all written in 1726, after Bach had taken up his appointment at St. Thomas’s, Leipzig, and so it is a sensible idea to group them on one CD.
In fact, these three cantatas were all conceived during an astonishingly short space of time. BWV 170 was the first to appear, on the sixth Sunday after Trinity, which fell on 23 July, 1726. Just six weeks later, on 3 September, BWV 35 was heard for the first time at the service for the twelfth Sunday after Trinity. BWV 169 followed after a further gap of six weeks on the eighteenth Sunday after Trinity (20 October). This was an astonishing feat of composition, the more so when we reflect that Bach would have written music for the intervening Sundays as well.