J.H. Roman: 12 Sonatas for Flute and B.C.

J.H. Roman: 12 Sonatas for Flute and B.C.
Composer Johan Helmich Roman
Artist Musica Ad Rhenum
Jed Wentz flauto traverso
Job ter Haar violoncello
Michael Borgstede harpsichord
Format 2 CD
Cat. number 95214
EAN code 5028421952147
Release December 2015

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Johan Helmich Roman (1694‐1758) has a fair claim to the title of the Swedish Handel, and these twelve sonatas for flute and
basso continuo represent the best of his fresh and charming music. He evidently thought highly of them too, having them
published in 1727; they were his only music to be printed during his lifetime. In the preface to his edition, Roman referred to
the sonatas as ‘youthful works’, which should not imply artistic immaturity but may indicate that they had been written in
England. He also includes a quotation from Cicero to the effect that although he wishes the sonatas to appeal to amateur musicians, they should be taken seriously, and approached only by dilettantes in the best, old-fashioned sense of the term, wellversed in both style and technique. Having spent some time in England, where he made associations with Geminiani and
Handel, among others, by then he had returned to his homeland and that year became leader of the court orchestra in Stockholm. Handel’s influence undoubtedly travelled with him, not only in the German composer’s works which he promoted at home but in the galant style of his instrumental music which is formally more
innovative than many of his Baroque contemporaries, and lighter in texture. Indeed, the last movement of the Sonata No.12 contains a direct quotation from Handel’s F major Sonata Op.1.
Jed Wentz and Musica ad Rhenum have made a series of fine Baroque‐music recordings for Brilliant Classics, including
CPE Bach, JS Bach, Couperin, Telemann, Handel and several lesser-known names. Of their recent release of CPE Bach’s flute
sonatas (BC94323), Gramophone’s critic remarked that ‘I can’t imagine them being played with more aplomb or artistic
precision.’

Johan Helmich Roman (1694‐1758) is called the “Father of Swedish music” and also the “Swedish Handel”. And with good reason, as his instrumental works match Handel’s chamber music in charm, virtuosity formal structure and tunefulness. In fact Roman met Handel during his stay in England, and
Roman’s admiration for the master is evident.
No better advocate for these somewhat neglected works than Jed Wentz and his musical companions of Musica ad Rhenum. Not only are they thoroughly aware of the stylistic details of the music and its performance, but they also hugely enjoy themselves playing these flute sonatas, written “for the advanced dilettante, well versed in style and technique” (as Roman
himself describes it).
Excellent liner notes by Jed Wentz (a fine player as well as an eminent scholar).

Track list

Disk 1

  1. Flute Sonata VI in B Minor, BeRI 206: I. Larghetto
  2. Flute Sonata VI in B Minor, BeRI 206: II. Allegro
  3. Flute Sonata VI in B Minor, BeRI 206: III. Non troppo allegro
  4. Flute Sonata VI in B Minor, BeRI 206: IV. Grave
  5. Flute Sonata VI in B Minor, BeRI 206: V. Allegro
  6. Flute Sonata II in D Major, BeRI 202: I. Vivace - Adagio – Da capo
  7. Flute Sonata II in D Major, BeRI 202: II. A tempo giusto
  8. Flute Sonata II in D Major, BeRI 202: III. Larghetto - Andante – Adagio
  9. Flute Sonata II in D Major, BeRI 202: IV. Non presto
  10. Flute Sonata IV in G Major, BeRI 204: I. Largo
  11. Flute Sonata IV in G Major, BeRI 204: II. Allegro
  12. Flute Sonata IV in G Major, BeRI 204: III. Larghetto
  13. Flute Sonata IV in G Major, BeRI 204: IV. Vivace
  14. Flute Sonata IV in G Major, BeRI 204: V. Allegro
  15. Flute Sonata IV in G Major, BeRI 204: VI. Non presto
  16. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: I. Lento
  17. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: II. Allegro
  18. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: III. Grave
  19. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: IV. Allegro
  20. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: V. Vivace
  21. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: VI. Andante
  22. Flute Sonata V in E Minor, BeRI 205: VII. Allegro
  23. Flute Sonata VII in G Major, BeRI 207: I. Largo
  24. Flute Sonata VII in G Major, BeRI 207: II. Larghetto
  25. Flute Sonata VII in G Major, BeRI 207: III. Lento
  26. Flute Sonata VII in G Major, BeRI 207: IV. Allegro assai
  27. Flute Sonata III in C Minor, BeRI 203: I. Largo
  28. Flute Sonata III in C Minor, BeRI 203: II. Allegro
  29. Flute Sonata III in C Minor, BeRI 203: III. Adagio - Non tanto
  30. Flute Sonata III in C Minor, BeRI 203: IV. Vivace
  31. Flute Sonata III in C Minor, BeRI 203: V. Alla francese

Disk 2

  1. Flute Sonata IX in C Major, BeRI 209: I. Cantabile
  2. Flute Sonata IX in C Major, BeRI 209: II. Vivace
  3. Flute Sonata IX in C Major, BeRI 209: III. Andante
  4. Flute Sonata IX in C Major, BeRI 209: IV. Allegro
  5. Flute Sonata IX in C Major, BeRI 209: V. Minuetto
  6. Flute Sonata VIII in A Major, BeRI 208: I. Largo
  7. Flute Sonata VIII in A Major, BeRI 208: II. Allegro
  8. Flute Sonata VIII in A Major, BeRI 208: III. Andante
  9. Flute Sonata VIII in A Major, BeRI 208: IV. Adagio – Allegro
  10. Flute Sonata VIII in A Major, BeRI 208: V. Allegro
  11. Flute Sonata X in E Minor, BeRI 210: I. Larghetto
  12. Flute Sonata X in E Minor, BeRI 210: II. Andante
  13. Flute Sonata X in E Minor, BeRI 210: III. Piva
  14. Flute Sonata X in E Minor, BeRI 210: IV. Non presto
  15. Flute Sonata X in E Minor, BeRI 210: V. Villanella
  16. Flute Sonata I in G Major, BeRI 201: I. Largo
  17. Flute Sonata I in G Major, BeRI 201: II. Allegro
  18. Flute Sonata I in G Major, BeRI 201: III. Larghetto
  19. Flute Sonata I in G Major, BeRI 201: IV. Andante
  20. Flute Sonata I in G Major, BeRI 201: V. Vivace
  21. Flute Sonata XI in G Minor, BeRI 211: I. Largo
  22. Flute Sonata XI in G Minor, BeRI 211: II. Allegro
  23. Flute Sonata XI in G Minor, BeRI 211: III. Larghetto
  24. Flute Sonata XI in G Minor, BeRI 211: IV. Allegro
  25. Flute Sonata XII in D Major, BeRI 212: I. Con spirit
  26. Flute Sonata XII in D Major, BeRI 212: II. Allegro
  27. Flute Sonata XII in D Major, BeRI 212: III. Con affetto
  28. Flute Sonata XII in D Major, BeRI 212: IV. Allegro