Bach, Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord (2006)

Bach

Riko Fukuda, Ronald Moelker

Sometimes I am struck by the thought that Johann Sebastian Bach is the incarnation of the Ideal Composer. His works possess the curious property of growing more mysterious each time you listen to them, and yet unveiling a little more of their profundity and poetic nature at the same time.
Every good performance allows us to discover new aspects of his music and adds something to our personal mosaic of Bach's world. Ronald Moelker and Riko Fukuda achieve this. They offer a clear and eloquent interpretation of the most beautiful and most intimate chamber music in history.

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Riko Fukuda

Riko Fukuda studied oboe and piano at the Toho-Gakue?n conservatory in Japan. A grant from the Dutch government enabled her to study with Stanley Hoogland at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague, where she specialised in playing the fortepiano.

She is a founder member of the Nepomuk Fortepiano Quintet with whom she has recorded 3 CD’s, piano quintets of Ferdinand Ries, Franz Limmer on the first and Johann Nepomuk Hummel, Jan Ladislav Dussek and George Onslow on the second. The third CD with quintets of Franz Schubert (the Trout Quintet) and John Cramer has been released in 2008.

On harpsichord she recorded Sonatas of Johann Sebastian Bach with recorder player Ronald Moelker (Aliud). Also her solo CDs with works of George Pinto (Olympia) and Jan Ladislav Dussek (Partridge) were praised in the press and in 2001 two CD’s with piano sonatas of Haydn were released. In 2008 she recorded 2 CD’s with “Die Ko?lner Akademie”, piano concertos of Sigismund Neukomm and Anton Eberl, both conducted by Michael Alexander Willens.

Photo: Marco Borggreve

Ronald Moelker

Flute Player Ronald Moelker has done numerous concert tours and recordings as a recorder soloist and with ensembles like the Lacrimae Ensemble and the Bassano Quartet. 

He moves easily and seamlessly between different musical genres. He unites a large number of styles and timbres and proves that the boundaries of what is possible with a recorder have not yet been reached. 

In addition to his work in the area of early music, he performs modern compositions and improvisations, including his own work, utilizing Tibetan Bowls and Percussion. 

He has performed at major European Music Festivals such as the ECM Festival in Heraklion and the Festivals for Early Music in Utrecht, Brugge, Skara, Basel and St. Petersburg. He won several prizes and received awards at The Early Music Festival in Brugge and The Van Wassenaer Competition NL (First Prize). 

Ronald Moelker studied recorder at the Conservatory in Rotterdam and at the Royal Conservatory in The Hague.

photo: provided by Aliud Records

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Bach, Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord (2006)

Bach

Riko Fukuda, Ronald Moelker

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"Moelker and Fukuda have chosen two of the most endearing and unusual examples from the sonatas for violin and cembalo. The third sonata's Sicillano first movement has the recorder's melodic line sailing like a boat on the rippling water of a remarkably Chopinesque keyboard part, for example, and its other movements offer further surprises. In summary, the superb musicianship of Moelker and Fukuda and the engineer's ideally balanced harpsichord and recorders, placed within a gently flattering ambience, is entirely at the service of the music. This is a very desirable recording for those who like Bach's chamber music, and is a must for recorder enthusiasts. Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars for Performance, Stereo Sonics and Multichannel Sonics."

John Miller of HRAudio.Net[read full review]

Bach, Sonatas for Recorder and Harpsichord (2006)

Bach

Riko Fukuda, Ronald Moelker

Editing Software: Pyramix
Mastering Engineer: Jos Boerland
Producer: Jos Boerland
Recording Engineer: Jos Boerland
Recording location: Nederlands Hervormde Kerk Kolham, The Netherlands
Recording Software: Merging
Recording Type & Bit Rate: DSD64

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Sonata in B minor BWV 1030 - Andante
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Sonata in B minor BWV 1030 - Largo e dolce
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Sonata in B minor BWV 1030 - Presto
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Sonata in D minor(orig. C minor) BWV 1017 - Largo (Siciliano)
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Sonata in D minor(orig. C minor) BWV 1017 - Allegro
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Sonata in D minor(orig. C minor) BWV 1017 - Adagio
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Sonata in D minor(orig. C minor) BWV 1017 - Allegro
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Sonata in A major BWV 1032 - Vivace
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Sonata in A major BWV 1032 - Largo e dolce
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Sonata in A major BWV 1032 - Allegro
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Sonata in F major(orig. E minor) BWV 1016 - Adagio
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Sonata in F major(orig. E minor) BWV 1016 - Allegro
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Sonata in F major(orig. E minor) BWV 1016 - Adagio ma non tanto
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Sonata in F major(orig. E minor) BWV 1016 - Allegro
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