Johann Sebastian Bach was incredibly generous with the flute. He wrote several full scale sonatas, gave the flute has starring roles in two of the Brandenburg concerti, and beautiful obbligato parts in countless arias, but there is just one solo partita. The slow movement from his A minor flute Partita-a Sarabande -is a dance form with both Arab and Spanish origins and has a silky, sensual quality. Imagine a kind of "dance of the seven veils. " Way back in 1583, King Philip II of Spain had the Sarabande banned because it was said to ‘excite bad emotions’.
Georg Philip Telemann, Fantaisie No. 12
J.S. Bach Brandenburg Concerto #5 in D major, BWV 1050 mmt. 1 Allegro
Karen Kevra-flute, Lucy Chapman-violin Elizabeth Metcalfe-harpsichord
J.S. Bach "Schafe können sicher weiden" (Sheep may safely graze) from his Cantata BWV 208. Hyunah Yu-soprano, Karen Kevra & Kenichi Ueda-flutes
J.S. Bach, Prelude from Suite No. 1 in G Major, BWV1007, Edward Arron-cello
All flute pieces performed by Karen Kevra
Manuscript of J.S.Bach's Partita in A minor.