In this episode of Ars Antigua Presents (11 minutes), we’re celebrating Bach’s birthday on March 31st with a recording of his Trio in G Major, BWV 1039. Johann Sebastian Bach’s appointment as Kapellmeister at the city of Cöthen was basically a happy one, because his patron, the Prince of Cöthen, was a true music lover with a voracious appetite for instrumental music. In this post Bach had at his disposal a small but outstanding ensemble of musicians, which he used to perform all manner of secular music. These intensely expressive and often technically demanding, yet intimate, works have the usual texture of Bach’s instrumental sonatas, with two upper parts supported by a bass part.
In this music from the BWV 1039 trio sonata, we’ll hear Anita Miller Rieder, flute, Pablo Mahave-Veglia, violoncello, and Andrew Fredel, harpsichord.