J.S. Bach: Sonatas for viola da gamba
Sergei Istomin — viola da gamba (Stainer, 1655)
Viviana Sofronitsky — fortepiano (Silbermann, 1749, copy by Paul McNulty)
Sergei Istomin and Viviana Sofronitsky made an accurate and unconventional choice of instruments for this recording of Bach’s Sonatas for Viola da gamba: a brilliant and resonant viol built by Jacob Stainer in 1655 and a Paul McNulty copy of a 1749 Silbermann fortepiano. The result is a unique, invigorating and captivating blend of tonal colours that conjure up a unique sound that emphasizes the melodic qualities of these famous works.