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W. F. Bach: Concerti & Trios / Wienand, Schreiber, Graulich, Saller


Release Date: 01/01/2000 
Label:  Carus   Catalog #: 83357  
Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Sebastian WienandFrank CoppietersUte PetersilgeMartina Graulich,   ... 
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews


Perhaps Wilhelm Friedemann Bach is the Rodney Dangerfield of the sons of Johann Sebastian, but like that successful "don't get no respect" comedian (Dangerfield, not Bach!), there was undoubted genius and clever competence behind the creative productivity. Without question Wilhelm Friedemann, Bach's eldest son, was one of the 18th century's more inventive, adventurous, and exciting composers, and if you need proof, you'll find it all over this exceptional program, part of an ongoing series from Carus.

Friedemann was neither a copycat nor a patsy to fashion, although he certainly paid homage (occasionally) to his father's style and offered what can only be described as
Read more engaging, entertaining, and often startlingly unconventional works. In the two harpsichord concertos we find both the familiar parlance of Classical style and, particularly in the lovely, lyrical slow movements, pages directly lifted from father Sebastian: the sighing figure in the D major concerto could be from a lost aria for one of the Passions. The Adagio of the G minor concerto is worthy to stand next to similar movements from Sebastian Bach or Mozart.

The concertos spare nothing in virtuosity for the keyboard player, neither do they follow the straight, conventional path of theme and development. There are sudden twists and turns, harmonic shifts, and dazzling passages of ensemble and solo expression. The two Trios are slightly more conventional, in the Classical sense, but never lacking in appealing thematic ideas nor exciting ways to expand and develop them. The performers here are first rate, most notably harpsichordist Sebastian Wienand and violinist Anne Katharina Schreiber, and the sound recording is ideal. Three of these pieces--the two trios and the G minor concerto--purportedly are recorded here for the first time, and if so "bravo" to Carus and to these superb performers for bringing this outstanding music so immediately and memorably to our attention. Highly and enthusiastically recommended.

--David Vernier, ClassicsToday.com
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Works on This Recording

1.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, F 41 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord), Frank Coppieters (Violone), Ute Petersilge (Cello),
Martina Graulich (Violin), Anne Katharina Schreiber (Violin), Werner Saller (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: 1733-1746; Dresden, Germany 
2.
Concerto for Harpsichord in G minor by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Werner Saller (Viola), Anne Katharina Schreiber (Violin), Martina Graulich (Violin),
Frank Coppieters (Violone), Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord), Ute Petersilge (Cello)
3.
Trio Sonata for Violin/Flute, Violin and Basso Continuo in B flat major, F 50 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord), Frank Coppieters (Violone), Ute Petersilge (Cello),
Martina Graulich (Violin), Anne Katharina Schreiber (Violin), Werner Saller (Viola)
Period: Classical 
Written: by 1762; Germany 
4.
Sonata for Violin and Basso Continuo in B major by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Martina Graulich (Violin), Sebastian Wienand (Harpsichord), Frank Coppieters (Violone),
Ute Petersilge (Cello), Anne Katharina Schreiber (Violin), Werner Saller (Viola)
Period: Classical 

Sound Samples

Harpsichord Concerto in D major, Fk. 41: I. Allegro
Harpsichord Concerto in D major, Fk. 41: II. Andante
Harpsichord Concerto in D major, Fk. 41: III. Presto
Trio in B major: I. Larghetto
Trio in B major: II. Allegro
Trio in B major: II. Presto
Harpsichord Concerto in G minor: I. Allegro
Harpsichord Concerto in G minor: II. Adagio
Harpsichord Concerto in G minor: III. Vivace
Trio in B flat major, Fk. 50: I. Largo
Trio in B flat major, Fk. 50: II. Allegro ma non troppo
Trio in B flat major, Fk. 50: III. Vivace

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