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Bach: Overtures / Bernardini, Zefiro


Release Date: 01/13/2017 
Label:  Arcana   Catalog #: 400   Spars Code: DDD 
Composer:  Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Number of Discs: 1 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

Like many German composers of his time, Johann Sebastian Bach also devoted himself to the French style with its characteristic dances and rhythmic ouvertures. His regular contact from an early age with French musicians and dance masters living in Germany made him very familiar and competent with the typical features of French music. Among the results of this interest are his orchestral ouvertures, of which BWV 1066, 1068 and 1069 with large scoring are presented in this recording. German composers occasionally liked to experiment freely with both the French and Italian styles, with the aim to originate that “gemischter Stil” (mixed style) that was so praised by Quantz and others. As an example of a free adaptation of an overture, Bach’s Read more first chorus from Cantata BWV 110 adopts the first movement of the Orchestral Suite BWV 1069 with the addition of a 4-parts choir. Other of his cantatas begin with a chorus in overture form, and it is very likely that they are also his own arrangements of previous instrumental versions which are lost, as happened with many of his Cöthen works. On the basis of this conjecture, Zefiro has included in this recording the reconstruction of instrumental overtures based on the opening choruses of Bach Cantatas BWV 119 and 194. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn, BWV 119: no 1, Preise, Jerusalem, den Herrn by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 1723; Leipzig, Germany 
Notes: Reconstructed by Alfredo Bernardini 
2.
Suite for Orchestra no 1 in C major, BWV 1066 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1717-1723; Cöthen, Germany 
3.
Suite for Orchestra no 3 in D major, BWV 1068 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 
4.
Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest, BWV 194: no 1, Höchsterwünschtes Freudenfest by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: 11/02/1723 
Notes: Reconstructed by Alfredo Bernardini 
5.
Suite for Orchestra no 4 in D major, BWV 1069 by Johann Sebastian Bach
Conductor:  Alfredo Bernardini
Orchestra/Ensemble:  Zefiro
Period: Baroque 
Written: circa 1729-1731; Leipzig, Germany 

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