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C.P.E. Bach called his father’s six sonatas with harpsichord (BWV 1014–1019) among his finest compositions, possibly due to the juxtaposition of a through-composed keyboard part against the ‘solo’ instrument, which was novel at the time. Each of the pieces on this program exemplify this fresh approach, featuring both instruments as equal partners with exhilarating results.


  • Sonata in B minor for flute and piano, BWV 1030 (c. 1736)
  • Sonata in E-flat major for flute and piano, BWV 1031 (1730–34)
  • Sonata No. 2 in D major for cello and piano, BVW 1028 (1727-29)
  • Sonata No. 4 in C minor for violin and piano, BWV 1017 (before 1725)

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Photo by Lisa-Marie Mazzucco.