Telemann Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord: Frankfurt, 1715
  • Telemann Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord: Frankfurt, 1715

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Telemann Sonatas for Violin and Harpsichord Frankfurt, 1715 Dorian Komanoff Bandy & Paul Cienniwa
Telemann (1681-1767) was one of music’s great mavericks, an aesthete with a restless mind and cosmopolitan tastes. During his nearly seven-decade career, he sampled every conceivable genre, idiom, and national style, and incorporated a dizzying number of them into his music.

The Violin Sonatas of 1715 are so wide-ranging in both idiom and expression that, heard together, they constitute a microcosm of Telemann’s art. Other recordings of these works often include cello. These pieces, however, were written specifically for the duo instruments — just harpsichord and violin, performed brilliantly here by Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord and Dorian Komanoff Bandy, violin. In making this unique recording, Cienniwa and Bandy didn’t think of them as six individual pieces, but a single big piece with 24 movements.

The Sonata in F sharp minor is a real rarity and this is its world premiere recording. Unpublished in his lifetime, the manuscript is signed as George Melante, a nearly-anagrammatic pseudonym.

Comparing the seven works on this recording, it is clear that Telemann had no simple schema, no formula that would produce a single piece of music over and over. These are seven truly distinct sonatas: each unique, daring, and extraordinary in its own way.

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Harpsichord Music for a Thin Place

Paul Cienniwa

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A thin place is the threshold between the ordinary and the spiritual. While usually considered a physical location, music, for me, can also be a thin place. In this spirit, it is my greatest desire to bring my audience to a thin place through the beautiful stately elegance of the harpsichord’s most introspective repertoire.

This recording contains some of my most favorite slow, meditative harpsichord pieces. I was careful to select contemplative works over melancholy ones, favoring major keys over minor keys and avoiding lamentations and tombeaux. In choosing a venue for the recording, I had two criteria: The space had to be good acoustically, and it had to be a thin place where I could feel a sense of prayer and peace.

From the selection of repertoire to its preparation to the recording venue itself, I have sought to make this recording within a prayerful, meditative context. It is my hope that this CD will touch you and move you to crave other meditative experiences while also encouraging you to seek out harpsichord recitals and recordings.

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  1. 1 Premier Prélude (F. Couperin) 01:38
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  2. 2 Passacaille, C Major (L. Couperin) 06:45
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  3. 3 La Sylva (Forqueray) 06:09
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  4. 4 Quatriéme Prélude (F. Couperin) 02:06
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  5. 5 Andante, BWV 964 (Bach) 04:18
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  6. 6 Cinquième Prélude (F. Couperin) 03:11
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  7. 7 Allemande (1726) (Rameau) 07:20
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  8. 8 Sarabande, Op. 97 (Bell) 02:48
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  9. 9 O lux beata trinitas (Sweelinck) 04:05
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  10. 10 Ave verum corpus (Byrd) 03:29
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  11. 11 Chaconne ou Passacaille, g minor (L. Couperin) 03:49
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  12. 12 Fantasia 10, BWV 797 (Bach) 02:32
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  13. 13 La Du Vaucel (Forqueray) 05:19
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  14. 14 Second Prélude (F. Couperin) 01:55
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  15. 15 Allemande, D Major (1656) (Froberger) 04:12
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  16. 16 Les Soupirs (Rameau) 06:57
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In a Garden of Dreamers
  • In a Garden of Dreamers
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Two-CD set of music by Larry Bell, featuring The Seasons, a cantata in five sections—Fall, Winter, Spring, Summer, Finale. The cantata is organized with four song cycles each made up of five songs and a Finale uniting all the voices and instruments. The major work on this program, lasting in excess of 75 minutes, The Seasons sets the profoundly intimate and vividly imagistic poetry of Elizabeth Kirschner. (Albany records)

The Seasons
Thomas Gregg, tenor, Bethany Condon, mezzo-soprano, Philip Lima, baritone, Erin Holmes, soprano, Emily Laurance, Ina Zdorovetchi, harp, Larry Bell, Maja Tremiszewska, piano, Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord, John Muratore, guitar

Cello Suite with Harpsichord Figured Bass, Op. 110
Sam Ou, cello, Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

Partita No. 1 for Harpsichord, Op. 97
Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

Caprice No. 3 for Alto Recorder, Op. 54
Aldo Abreu, recorder

Partita No. 2 for Harpsichord, Op 102
Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

Serenade No. 2, Op. 98
Aldo Abreu, recorder, Sam Ou, cello, Paul Cienniwa, harpsichord

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MP3 Album: O'Sullivan Meets O'Farrell, Vol. 2

Paul Cienniwa

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  1. 1 Duett X 01:50
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  2. 2 The Serenade 01:54
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  3. 3 Duett XII (Tho' Prudence May Press Me) 01:45
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  4. 4 Kean O'Hara 01:42
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  5. 5 Bath Medley 01:14
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  6. 6 O'Carolan's Concerto 03:18
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  7. 7 The Spinning Wheel 02:32
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  8. 8 The Ulster Rondo 01:35
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  9. 9 O'Carolan's Cup and The Blush of Aurora 04:27
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  10. 10 The Imperial Quickstep and Duett III (Gavot) 03:29
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  11. 11 The Echoing Horn 01:33
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  12. 12 Princess Royal 02:41
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  13. 13 The Retreat 01:46
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  14. 14 To Daunton Me 03:46
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  15. 15 Handel's Minuett and Let Fame Sound the Trumpet 04:15
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  16. 16 The Goblet of Wine 02:14
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  17. 17 Captain O'Kane 01:35
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  18. 18 The Hen's Concert 01:51
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  19. 19 Fly Not Yet and The Miller's Maggot 02:50
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  20. 20 Bright Phoebus 02:42
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MP3 Album: Bach: Sonatas for Viola Da Gamba

Paul Cienniwa

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  1. 1 01 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Adagio 04:11
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  2. 2 02 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Allegro ma non 03:45
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  3. 3 03 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Andante 02:52
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  4. 4 04 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 1 in G major, BWV 1027- Allegro modera 03:17
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  5. 5 05 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- [Adagio] 02:00
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  6. 6 06 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- [Allegro] 03:38
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  7. 7 07 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- Andante 04:53
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  8. 8 08 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 2 in D major, BWV 1028- Allegro 04:23
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  9. 9 09 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029- Vivace 05:01
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  10. 10 10 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029- Adagio 06:18
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  11. 11 11 - Sonata for viola da gamba & keyboard No. 3 in G minor, BWV 1029- Allegro 03:51
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  12. 12 12 - Cantata No. 175, 'Er rufet seinen Schafen mit Namen,' BWV 175 (BC A89)- Es dünk 05:17
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  13. 13 13 - Cantata No. 183, 'Sie werden euch in den Bann tun,' BWV 183 (BC A79)- Ich fürch 07:32
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MP3 Album: Henry Purcell's Dido & Aeneas

Paul Cienniwa

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  1. 1 Overture 02:23
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  2. 2 Ah! Belinda 04:23
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  3. 3 Whence did so much virtue spring? 01:38
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  4. 4 Fear no danger 01:49
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  5. 5 See, your royal guest appears 00:51
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  6. 6 Cupid only throws the dart 00:35
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  7. 7 If not for mine, For empire's sake 01:18
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  8. 8 To the hills and the vales 02:32
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  9. 9 Prelude 02:10
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  10. 10 The Queen of Carthage 00:45
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  11. 11 Ruin'd ere the set of sun? 01:18
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  12. 12 But ere we this perform 01:17
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  13. 13 In our deep vaulted cell 01:35
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  14. 14 Echo Dance of Furies 01:06
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  15. 15 Ritornelle 00:45
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  16. 16 Oft she visits 01:40
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  17. 17 Behold, upon my bending spear 00:29
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  18. 18 Haste, haste to town 00:50
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  19. 19 Stay, Prince 02:50
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  20. 20 Prelude 02:06
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