Jean Rondeau, the imaginative young French harpsichordist, describes the Bach family as “one of the great dynasties of western music”. Having devoted his first Erato disc, Imagine, to works by the towering Johann Sebastian, he now returns to Bach’s world for his third release, Dynastie, which complements concertos by Johann Sebastian with concertos by his three most famous sons, Wilhelm Friedemann, Carl Philipp Emmanuel and Johann Christian.
Rondeau has described JS Bach, who has been part of his life since his childhood, as “daunting like a mighty mountain”, but at the same time feels that “his music is so full of humility, so generous, that we have theRead more right and the duty to play it, to share it, and to take the hand that he extends to us.”
The young French harpsichordist has come in for some criticism from certain corners of the critical world, facing accusations of bolshy rock 'n' roll showmanship, and even sounding jangly. While he does indeed take a very relaxed approach to pulse and meter at points, the impression I'm left with comes is that Rondeau comes across as charming and human, along with carrying a sense of absolute connection and improvisatory ease with his instrument akin to that of a jazz pianist. All in all, a recording to savor.
Bach for the collectionAugust 7, 2017By Francisco R. Moya Huff (Guaynabo, PR)See All My Reviews"This CD was purchased looking to hear other music that Bach composed, which I did not have. I was not disappointed, the music as of itself is great, the recording is clear and with good soundstage. I loaned to a friend and he loves it. This musician was unknown to me and I took a gamble.His playing is very clear and precise, the music is excellent so it is very enjoyable and you can hear it many times and not tire of it. Other Bach recordings will be purchased when made aware of its availability."Report Abuse