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Reviews

Widely considered the best handbell group in the US.

-- Sarah Cahill
East Bay Express

Their music stunned us all. The four thousand audience members went wild, just as we knew they would.

-- Garrison Keillor
Host, A Prairie Home Companion

Olympians of handbell ringers.

-- Joyce Johnson Hamilton
Music Director, Diablo Symphony

The musicianship ... is solid, and the musical values regarding repertoire and its execution are invariably of the highest order. So is the sound.

-- David Vernier

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Classical Sonos

Classical Sonos (CD)

$15.70

Release Date: 10/01/96
Running Time: 55 min.
Media Type: CD

Quick Overview

Classical Sonos is by far the most challenging recording Sonos has ever undertaken. This disc focuses exclusively on the Classical and Baroque periods, as represented by Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi.

Product Description

Classical Sonos is by far the most challenging recording Sonos has ever undertaken. This disc focuses exclusively on the Classical and Baroque periods, as represented by Bach, Mozart, and Vivaldi. Everyone will recognize Bach's famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor. Taking advantage of the similar harmonies of bells and organs, Sonos has transcribed it for a result you're not likely to soon forget. The chorale preludes are more contemplative in nature, making use of the contrast between bells and chimes and bells and oboe. The Vivaldi Concerto sounds as though the composer might have had bells in mind when he wrote it, it captures so well the fire of the handbell sound. The Mozart Adagio and Rondo was originally written for Glass Harmonica and instrumental quartet. Sonos has substituted bells for Glass Harmonica and come up with what we think you'll find is a very pleasing result. There's a little something in Classical Sonos for classical music lovers and bell lovers alike.

Track List

  1. Toccata and Fugue in D minor (Bach)   play
  2. O Mench, bewein' dein' Sunde gross (Bach)   play
  3. Jesus Bleibet meine Freude (Bach)   play
  4. Von Gott will ich nicht lassen (Bach)   play
  5. I. Allegro moderato (Vivaldi)   play
  6. II. Adagio (Vivaldi)   play
  7. III. Allegro (Vivaldi)   play
  8. Adagio and Rondo in C/c (Mozart)   play
  9. Rondo alla Turca (Mozart)   play

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