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Bertouch: Trio Sonatas

The Classical Shop
release date: July 2008

Originally recorded in 2008


Markku Luolajan-Mikkola


Hans Knut Sveen


Frode Thorsen


Kjersti Sellevag


Markku Luolajan-Mikkola

viola da gamba

Peter Spissky


Bjarte Eike



Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation, Bergen, Norway


Frode Thorsen

Hans Knut Sveen

Martin Anderson



Gunnar Herleif Nilsen

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Total Time - 64:45
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Sonata No. 8 in G major

1 I Vivace 1:34
2 II Adagio 1:42
3 III Andante 3:37
 Peter Spissky violin
 Bjarte Eike violin
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola cello

From the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher

4 March (No. 106) 1:34
5 Aria (No. 248, with variations by Bergen Barokk) 2:36
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola viola da gamba
 Frode Thorsen recorder

Sonata No. 15 in F minor

6 I Canona allegro 1:45
7 II Adagio 1:53
8 IV Andante 2:27
 Peter Spissky violin
 Bjarte Eike violin
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola cello

From the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher

  Paspie de la Compertanje (No. 75)  

Sonata No. 11 in F major

10 I Vivace 1:28
11 II Allegro 2:08
12 III Adagio 1:45
13 IV Allegro 1:55
 Peter Spissky violin
 Frode Thorsen recorder

From the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher

14 Menuetto (No. 13) 1:58
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola viola da gamba
 Frode Thorsen recorder
15 Gavotte Alternativement (No. 53) 3:13
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola viola da gamba

Sonata No. 21 in B flat minor

16 I Andante 2:00
17 II Vivace 2:11
18 III Adagio 1:34
19 IV [Allegro] 1:39
 Frode Thorsen recorder

Sonata No. 17 in E flat major

20 I Largo 1:55
21 II Andante 3:31

Sonata No. 12 in D minor

22 I Andante 2:19
23 II Adagio 2:49
24 III Allegro 1:18
25 IV Allegro 2:23
 Peter Spissky violin
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola cello

From the Music-Book of Jacob Mestmacher

Allegro et Trio (No. 166)
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola viola da gamba
 Frode Thorsen recorder

Sonata No. 14 in G minor

27 I Largo 2:47
28 II Andante 3:28
29 III Adagio 1:18
30 IV Vivace 1:27
 Markku Luolajan-Mikkola viola da gamba
 Frode Thorsen recorder
 Kjersti Sellevag traverso

Georg von Bertouch (1668–1743) was a man of action, quite literally: he took part in no fewer than 22 battles, and ended his career as commandant of Akershus Castle, which still overlooks the harbour in Oslo – the portrait on the cover of this CD was photographed in the office of the present-day commandant. But Bertouch, a German-born Norwegian, was also one of the leading composers of the day, corresponding with Bach and other prominent musicians. His music reveals a knowledge of Corelli and other contemporary developments, but retains a fresh, almost innocent, spontaneity with an infectious appeal. Here it is interspersed with dances and airs used in domestic music-making in Baroque Bergen.


Download Roundup  - February 2010

‘I happily concur with Johann van Veen’s wholehearted recommendation of this disc … Once again we should be very grateful to Toccata for taking us down a fascinating musical byway.’

Brian Wilson

MusicWeb - February 2010

‘...Fine performances from all concerned show that these works, with their dual preoccupations of chromatic diversity and contrapuntal ingenuity, actually work very well as musical entertainment too.’

Brian Clark


Early Music - February 2008

‘...Baroque enthusiasts should be delighted to discover the music of Georg von Bertouch […] Bergen Barokk presents clear and lively performances of seven of the 24 Sonatas […] imaginative and fresh with inventiveness’

Patric Standford

Music & Vision Daily - 19 January 2008

‘Bergen Barokk… emphasize energy and clarity, and are not above taking a personal stand in matters of tempo […] In short, this is a lively, attractive program, engagingly performed and well recorded. Let’s hope we hear more from Bergen Barokk – and from Bertouch – soon.’

Barry Brenesal

Fanfare - May/June 2007

‘...This disc brings forward music which has been neglected for a long time. [...]I have enjoyed this recording a lot, not only because of the music, which is anything but dull, but also because of the performance. Bergen Barokk plays this repertoire with great imagination... excellent ensemble playing... brilliantly realised... [...] I wholeheartedly recommend this disc, as it is musically highly entertaining and historically very interesting.’

Johan van Veen

MusicWeb International - June 2006

‘Det er på en måte julaften når vi nå får en håndfull av triosonatene i en konsentrert, lys og engasjerende tolkning av gammelmusikkensemblet Bergen Barokk. Dette kan de, dette gir de liv.’

‘It seems like Christmas to get a handful of trio sonatas in a concentrated, bright and engaging interpretation from the early music ensemble Bergen Baroque. They give this music life.’

Olav Egil Aune

VårtLand - 26 April 2006

‘...The performances overall are first-rate. A welcome release from an important independent label.’

William Yeoman

Classical Source

‘A disc of real rarities, this… […] this collection, beautifully played by Bergen Barokk, and with a splendidly clear recorded sound, […] allows us to discover a little-known repertoire and fill another historical gap in our ever-expanding knowledge of the music of this period.’

Ivan Moody

International Record Review - January 2006

                   Sound ****      Performance ****
‘...Bertouch’s sonatas are charming and, often, cleverly wrought. Bergen Barokk plays them persuasively... [...] Recorded balance is admirable ... In all, a welcome and revealing collection of first recordings.’

George Pratt

BBC Music - November 2005

‘...Toccata Classics’ Bertouch is everything a CD of baroque chamber music should be… a wholly delightful collection of trio sonatas […] Charming and fresh’

Peter Graham Woolf

Musical Pointers - March 2006

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