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W. F. Bach: Sinfonias / Lamon, Tafelmusik


Release Date: 05/20/1997 
Label:  Sony Classical Vivarte Series Catalog #: 62720   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann BachJohann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jeanne LamonStephen MarvinChristina MahlerIvars Taurins,   ... 
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
Length: 1 Hours 12 Mins. 

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Notes and Editorial Reviews

The well-known painting of Wilhelm Friedemann Bach reproduced on the cover of this CD must be one of the most immediately attractive composer portraits ever made. The wide-brimmed hat, the fur-lined coat, the wisp of steely hair and, above all, the reddened but unmistakably genial face (displaying, if I’m not mistaken, his father’s nose) suggest a man one would want to accompany straightaway to the nearest coffee-house. But Friedemann was actually a little more complex than that, both as a person who could be lazy and argumentative and as a talented musician torn between the styles of the late baroque and early classical periods, so it is perhaps no surprise to find that there is considerable variety in the music on this disc. The opening Read more Sinfonia in D major is one of those sunnily optimistic works that revel in the splendid new sound of the classical orchestra, but the D minor Sinfonia which follows is a highly serious piece for church use, containing a solemnly drooping fugue. There is also an Ouverture-Suite once attributed (pretty implausibly) to Johann Sebastian which, though undeniably attractive and individual, is now thought unlikely to be by Friedemann either; a quirkily expressive but perhaps rather rambling harpsichord concerto; and a by-now familiarly protean and surprise-filled Sinfonia in F major.

Tafelmusik are the perfect ensemble to perform this music. Like much of it, they delight in sheer orchestral sound, enjoying the advantage themselves of being able to turn it out in particularly pleasing and well-finished form. I would not hesitate to recommend this disc to any lover of eighteenth-century orchestral music.

-- Lindsay Kemp, Gramophone [2/1998]
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Works on This Recording

1.
Sinfonia in D major, F 64 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1746-1764; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
2.
Sinfonia in D minor, F 65 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 18th Century; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
3.
Overture for Strings in G minor, BWV 1070 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Jeanne Lamon (Violin), Stephen Marvin (Violin), Christina Mahler (Cello),
Ivars Taurins (Viola), Alison Mackay (Double Bass), Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Baroque 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
Notes: This work is now attributed to Wilhelm Friedemann Bach. 
4.
Concerto for Harpsichord in D major, F 41 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Charlotte Nediger (Harpsichord)
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1733-1746; Dresden, Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 
5.
Sinfonia in F major, F 67 "Dissonant" by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Conductor:  Jeanne Lamon
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Tafelmusik
Period: Classical 
Written: 1733-1746; Germany 
Date of Recording: 05/1996 

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