Episode 14: Mandolinist Avi Avital Performs Bach's Flute Sonata

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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Avi Avital Avi Avital (© Uwe Arens / DG)

Today we're offering a free download of mandolin player Avi Avital performing the Adagio from Bach's Flute Sonata, BWV 1034.

Album Details:
Avi Avital, mandolin
Adagio from Sonata for Flute and Continuo No. 5 in E minor, BWV 1034
Deutsche Grammophon
Available at Arkivmusic.com

The music of Bach has been remixed, mashed up and reimagined for many instruments, and yet the essential qualities almost always come through. The Israeli mandolin player Avi Avital, whose instrument is perhaps best associated today with bluegrass pickers and old-timey music, gave Bach a unique spin in his 2012 recording of transcriptions of works for violin, flute and oboe (he played a portion of one of the cello suites in the WQXR café at the time). Listen above to the opening of a Bach flute sonata.

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Comments [4]

Carol Luparella from Garfield, NJ

A flute sonata played by a mandolin?!? How about a flute sonata actually played by a flute?

Nov. 20 2014 12:01 PM
Kenneth Bennett Lane, Lake Hiawatha, NJ from Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute, Boonton, Nj

Every singer and instrumentalist should experience the uplift singing or playiing Bach.
His joy and high spirits are everywhere in his music. That he was also a happy family man with children who carried on his musical tradition with great success. BACH is as great as one may reasonably expect given the scenario of minor talents now. I am a Wagnerian heldentenor, an opera composer; "Shakespeare' and "The Political Shakespeare," and director of the Richard Wagner Music Drama Institute. My 6 websites carry my 37 out of the over 100 selections of my singing four three-hour-long solo concerts in the main hall, the Isaac Stern Auditorium, of Carnegie Hall. They may be downloaded FREE at Recorded Selections. www.WagnerOpera.com
Like Shakespeare, JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH, had such comprehensive vision of the world he knew and such an imagination and compositional virtuosity to reach deep into many formats and get his message across. MOZART, BEETHOVEN and WAGNER IMHO are the only other musical geniuses that may still be as BACH widely played and appreciated one hundred years from now. Great as BACH was/is each composer has his/her own style and format and content so it is not appropriate to claim the top of the totem pole to any one great composer, no matter how great. I am partial to RICHARD WAGNER because his music most touchest both my personal and professional life. But Mozart, Beethoven, Bellini, Verdi, Puccini, Berlioz, Saint-Saens, Gounod, Massenet, Giordano, Schubert, Arnold Schonberg, Brahms, Richard and Johann Strauss, Bizet, Meyerbeer and Hugo Wolf all have legitimate claims on my leisure as well as professional life. Ask a mother or father who their favorite child is if they have more than one and one will see it is not that easy to marginalize one's preferences. ALL deserve our attention and respect. There will always be time and devotion cheerfully dedicated to the presentation of this great master's ouevre. The test of time is virtually always the most respected judgment on the preciousness of anything. BACH's music has met that test. JOHANN SEBASTIAN BACH is one of the great titanic geniuses of music and his music and its influence will be forever with us no matter what the current fads that will turn up as certainly as day follows night. SIngers and instrumentalists and music lovers all clamor for more BACH.


Nov. 20 2014 09:38 AM
The Truth from LES

I don't know what QXR has against the harpsichord or organ. It's as if the historically informed movement never made it to New York's city's classical radio station. Also, enough with the "soothing" and "calming" language. Sorry, Bach was not writing music for our yoga soundtracks. It's insulting to talk down to listeners by suggesting that's all classical music is good for today.

Nov. 20 2014 07:11 AM

Wow! A flute sonata!! With nary a flute in sight. Bachstock is so ... lame. DD~~

Nov. 20 2014 01:29 AM

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