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

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

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Avi Avital, mandolin
Adagio from Sonata for Flute and Continuo No. 5 in E minor, BWV 1034
Deutsche Grammophon
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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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