BACH: Sonata in e, BWV 1034; Sonata in C, BWV 1033; Sonata in E, BWV 1035; Trio Sonata in c, BWV 1079 (from A Musical Offering) – Joshua Smith, flute/ Jory Vinikour, harpsichord/ Ann Marie Morgan, baroque cello/ Allison Guest Edberg, baroque violin – Delos 3408, 52:02 [Distr. by Naxos] ****:
This is the complimentary disc to the first Delos I reviewed by these same performers. What I said there still stands, and this is a good middle approach to these works by a man who is a master of the instrument. His flute playing is still somewhat hesitant here, but not in a way that lacks confidence but in the reserved manner of one who is especially keen on keeping the chamber music scenario balanced. Though I am not convinced by all the solutions this band comes up with, they play with gusto and a remarkably suave assurance that easily puts across their love of the music.
We also get a trio sonata from the composer’s Musical Offering, a nice touch and wonderfully apt rendition of this much-played piece. The sound is excellent and the interpretations stellar, so anyone wanting the “complete” Bach Flute Sonatas will find a nice landing place here, though I still recommend the Sefika Kutluer for those wanting a truly impassioned approach to this music, or have a craving for modern instruments.
— Steven Ritter