This album comprises the complete Sonatas by Johann Sebastian bach for viola da gamba and harpsichord and a transcription of one of Bach's Organ Trio Sonatas. Gamba player Mary Pells studied at the Royal Academy of Music in London and has performed with many period instrument groups in England, including the Britten-Pears Baroque Orchestra, the Lecosaldi Ensemble and the Sweelinck Ensemble. She also gives regular solo recitals in which she explores the rich repertoire of 17th and 18th century music for the viol. German harpsichordist Martin Knizia is cantor and organist at St. Anne's Lutheran Church in London and artisitic director of the annual St. Anne's Bach Festival. He is also the founder and director of the Sweelinck Ensemble, a specialist ensemble for 17th century music. Having held a Junior Fellowship at the Royal Academy of Music, he now pursues a busy career as conductor, soloist and continuo player.