JOHANN WILHELM WILMS (1772-1847): Flute Sonatas in D, Op.18/1, in G, Op. 18/2 and in A, Op. 33, Trio for Flute, Cello and Piano in D, Op. 6.

Catalogue Number: 01Y005

Label: MD&G

Reference: 903 2258-6

Format: SACD hybrid

Price: $18.98

Description: An important expansion of the classical flute repertoire. Wilms' single trio attracts attention with its remarkable instrumental treatment. Although the main task undoubtedly falls to the piano, the parts of the flute and especially the cello go far beyond what was usual at this time. Instead of simply concealing the weaknesses in the bass and treble of the pianos in use around 1800 by doubling the lines, both instruments make a significant contribution to the musical events - almost visionary, and a trailblazer for the emerging Romantic period. This is especially true of the op. 33 sonata, which assigns both instruments rewarding tasks. Wilms knows how to treat the flute in particular - just as he did in the early sonatas op. 18 - to great advantage; not a matter of course, considering that the groundbreaking improvements to the instrument by Theobald Böhm were still several years away. Helen Dabringhaus (flute), Hannah Vinzens (cello), Sebastian Berakdar (piano).

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