6 Sonatas for recorder

Unlike the other landmark collections that came from Bach’s pen, the six flute sonatas all appear to have been “one offs” with no particular plan for publication as a set. Further, in contrast to the collections for solo strings, Bach’s chamber music for flute was written comparatively late in his career, the earliest, the Sonata in E minor BWV1034, probably a product of Bach’s early Leipzig years (mid-1720s) and the latest, the Sonata in E major for flute and continuo BWV1035, is believed to have been written during the last decade of composer’s life for Frederick the Great.
In honor of OUR Recordings’ 40th Release, Michala Petri could scarcely choose a more exciting program than a return visit to Bach’s Flute Sonatas; Michala’s famous 1992 recording with Keith Jarrett has long since attained legendary status. Just as her collaboration with Jarrett unveiled a ‘new-born’ approach to Bach, this new recording is likewise revelatory and... transcendent. Joining Michala on this journey is an early music dream team: harpsichordist Mahan Esfahani, rightly regarded as one of the fiercest of the younger generation of clavecinistes, playing his new Jukka Ollikka harpsichord, and Hille Perl, one of the world’s leading and most beloved viola da gambists rounding out the continuo unit.
As we’ve come to expect from OUR Recordings, the sonics and packaging are extraordinary, thanks to the producer Preben Iwan and booklet notes by Mahan Esfahani. This new recording of the Bach “Flute” Sonatas is destined to become a reference edition of this famous works.

  • Michala Petri has performed more than 4000 concerts in the worlds leading festivals and Concert Halls,and has broken down the boundaries of her instrument, the recorder.. Since youth she has followed her wish for musical expansion in various ways, through commissioning more than 150 new works, - including more than 30 recorder concertos, through dialogue with other musical cultures and through developing new playing techniques.


    Michala Petri

  • Mahan Esfahani was born in Tehran in 1984 and first was exposed to the piano by his father before exploring a teenaged interest in the harpsichord.


    Mahan Esfahani

  • Hille Perl is widely regarded as one of the leading exponents of the seductive arts of viola da gamba performance. Born in Bremen Germany into a musical family already predisposed to early music, her decision to play the gamba after attending a Wieland Kuijken concert when she was 5 years old is hardly surprising.

    Viola da gamba

    Hille Perl



The Arts Desk (UK) "- the three players dancing as one".

Graham Rickson


Planet Hugill Blogg "In performances of such engaging quality that I shall certainly be listening to the CD again and again".

Hugill, Planet Hugill Blogg


Gramophone (UK) " is performed with the utmost sincerity and seriousness of approach"

David Threasher, Gramophone


BBC Music Magazine (UK) "And in following suit Michala Petri makes the music sound entirely at home on her family of instruments, with her bright tone, precise crisp and even tonguing".

Anthony Burton


Klassisk Magazine (DK)"Petri og venner"

Nikolaj Skinhøj, Klassisk


Classical Modern Music. (UK) "It is a benchmark surely for these works, filled with beauty and wonder".

Grego Applegate Edwards- Classical Modern Music.


Klassik Heute (Germany)"10/10/10 Unbedingte Kaufempfehlung!".

Thomas Baack - Klassik Heute


Recorder Magazine (UK) "Petri plays with her usual clarity and precision"

Recorder Magazine (UK)

BACH (Germany) "..tolle Kammermusikformation hat sich da zusammengefunden: Petri, Perl und Esfahani musizieren intensiv, schlüssig und inspiriert. Diese Drei haben ihren Bach verstanden".

Dr. Matthias Lange - (Germany)


Early Music America, US "Tour De Force Reprise Of Bach Flute Sonatas"

Karen Cook, Early Music America, US


Flute Journal, UK "Bach – safe in the hands of Michala Petri"

Elizabeth Walker, Flute Journal, UK


Kristeligt Dagblad (DK) "A pure Bach delight. - 6 Stars"

Peter Dürrfeld, Kristeligt Dagblad

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