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Bach: Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook / Gauvin, Beausejour, Istomin

Gauvin,Karina / Beausejour / Istomin
Release Date: 09/16/2008 
Label:  Analekta   Catalog #: 22012  
Composer:  Johann Sebastian BachChristian PezoldGottfried H. StölzelGeorg Böhm
Performer:  Luc BeauséjourKarina GauvinSergei Istomin
Number of Discs: 1 
Recorded in: Stereo 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

This programme offers a fuller survey than most of its competitors and, from a performance standpoint, outstrips any other that I know

The Notenbuchlein (or “Little Music Book”) for Anna Magdalena Bach is one of the most affectionate and tangible means by which we can glimpse an aspect of the Bach family ‘off duty’, so-to-speak. Bach began this anthology devoted mainly to the keyboard for his second wife in 1722, having three years earlier done the same for his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann. Musically speaking, the most important contents are five suites which, with some additional material and a sixth suite, were to become the French Suites (BWV812-7). But it is the remaining pieces which convey such warm intimacy to
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This programme offers a fuller survey than most of its competitors and, from a performance standpoint, outstrips any other that I know. Karina Gauvin sings the vocal pieces with simple, unaffected, youthful ardour and she is given stylish though discreet support by continuo harpsichord and cello. Not all the pieces are by Bach, indeed, three of the loveliest things here, the songs Bist du bei mir and Gedenke doch, and a captivating Rondo in B flat for harpsichord, are by Stolzel, C. P. E. Bach (?) and Couperin respectively. My only complaint about Gedenke doch is that it consists only of a single verse rather than at least half-a-dozen more. I cannot have enough of this ingenuous piece, simply but perfectly crafted in every respect.

In short, this disc is a winner. There is nothing more to be said, except perhaps that it also includes Bach’s berceuse, Schlummert ein, a late addition to the Notenbuchlein, but more often encountered within the context of the cantata, Ich habe genug (No. 82). Go and buy it at once.

-- Nicholas Anderson, Gramophone [6/1998, reviewing the original release]
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Works on This Recording

1. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Willst du dein Herz mir schenken, BWV 518 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano), Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
2. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Solo for Harpsichord, BWV Anh. 129 [attrib. C.P.E. Bach] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
3. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 119 [doubtful] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach. 
4. Minuets (2), for keyboard in G major & G minor BWV Anh. 114-115 (from 2nd Notebook for Anna Magdalen by Christian Pezold
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
5. Schaffs mit mir, Gott, BWV 514 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano), Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
6. French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813: no 1, Allemande by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
7. French Suite no 2 in C minor, BWV 813: no 2, Courante by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1724; Leipzig, Germany 
8. Minuet in C minor, BWV Anh. 121 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
9. Bist du bei mir by Gottfried H. Stölzel
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
10. Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1: Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C, BWV 846 - Prelude by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722; Cöthen, Germany 
11. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: So oft ich meine Tobackspfeife, BWV 515 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
12. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: March in D major, BWV Anh. 122 [attrib. C.P.E. Bach] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
13. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 123 [attrib. C.P.E. Bach] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
14. March in G major, BWV Anh. 124 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Germany 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach.  
15. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Polonaise in G minor, BWV Anh. 125 [attrib. C.P.E. Bach] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach.  
16. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Gedenke doch, mein Geist, BWV 509 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach.  
17. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Minuet in G major, BWV Anh. 116 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1722-1725; Germany 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach.  
18. Musette in D major, BWV 126a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach.  
19. Anna Magdalena Bach Notebook: Menuet in G major "fait par M. Böhm" by Georg Böhm
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Lüneburg, Germany 
20. Ich habe genug, BWV 82: Schlummert ein, ihr matten Augen, fallet sanft und selig zu' by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1727; Cöthen, Germany 
21. Goldberg Variations, BWV 988: Theme "Aria" by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1741-1742; Nuremberg, Germany 
22. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Polonaise in G major, BWV Anh. 130 [attrib. J. A. Hasse] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by Johann Adolph Hasse. 
23. Gib dich zufrieden, BWV 512 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: Germany 
24. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Minuet in A minor, BWV Anh. 120 [doubtful] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725 
25. Wer nur den lieben Gott lässt walten, BWV 691 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1720; Cöthen, Germany 
26. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Minuet in D minor, BWV Anh. 132 [doubtful] by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1725; Germany 
27. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: O Ewigkeit, du Donnerwort, BWV 513 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
28. Polonaise in F major, BWV Anh. 117a by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
29. Clavierbüchlein no 2 for Anna Magdalena Bach: Warum betrübst du dich, BWV 516 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
30. Rondeau in B flat major, BWV Anh. 183 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by François Couperin. 
31. March in E flat major, BWV Anh. 127 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach. 
32. Minuet in B flat major, BWV Anh. 118 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord)
Period: Baroque 
Notes: This work is now believed to have been written by C.P.E. Bach. 
33. Dir, dir, Jehova, will ich singen, BWV 299 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Performer:  Sergei Istomin (Bass Viola Da Gamba), Luc Beauséjour (Harpsichord), Karina Gauvin (Soprano)
Period: Baroque 
Written: ?Leipzig, Germany 

Featured Sound Samples

Bist du bei mir (Stölzel)
Well-Tempered Clavier, Book 1 (J. S. Bach): Prelude and Fugue no 1 in C: Prelude
Gedenke doch, mein Geist, zurücke (J. S. Bach)
Menuet, BWV Anh. 116 (J. S. Bach)

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