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W.F. Bach: Complete Organ Music / Turri


Release Date: 02/23/2018 
Label:  Brilliant Classics   Catalog #: 95467  
Composer:  Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri
Number of Discs: 2 
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Notes and Editorial Reviews

If the engagingly unpredictable idiom of CPE Bach has overshadowed the work of Johann Sebastian’s other musical sons, Brilliant Classics has been gradually righting this wrong with a series of recordings dedicated to the other out-and-out genius among them, Wilhelm Friedemann. Without the taste for fashionably abrupt turns of phrase and thought which distinguish CPE’s Sturm und Drang language, nonetheless WF’s music occupies that fast-evolving chronological and aesthetic space between what we now think of as the Baroque and Classical periods. Unlike his brother, Wilhelm Friedemann was a church musician in the lineage of their father. At the age of just 23 he was appointed principal organist at the church of St. Sophia in Dresden, and in Read more 1747 became Musikdirektor and organist at the Church of Our Lady in Halle. After almost 20 years there, moved to Leipzig, then Brauschweig, followed by Gottingen and lastly Berlin, where he was offered an honorary (unpaid) post of Kapellmeister. He died in poverty in 1784, entirely forgotten by the musical community. The organ music that has survived is dwarfed by his father’s output for the instrument. There are four sets of fugues, and a collection of just seven choral preludes. In fact the chromatic richness of the fugues brings to mind the grand, tormented examples composed by Beethoven in the last years of his life. As such, they are like problems to be solved, like containers that are no longer sufficient to encompass the composer’s intrepid discourse and abundance of feelings. Even so, WF was still writing this music in the shadow of his late father: one F major fugue inevitably uses the B-A-C-H motif which crowned The Art of Fugue. Turri plays two recent Italian instruments: the organ by Francesco Zanin in the Church of Sant’Antonio Abate, Padua; and for the more intimately scaled works, an orgel-positiv (without pedals) by Luigi Patella. Read less

Works on This Recording

1.
Fugue for Harpsichord in B major, F 34 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
2.
Fugue for Harpsichord in F major, F 33 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
3.
Fugue for Harpsichord in C Minor, F 32 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
4.
Fugues (8) for Harpsichord, F 31 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Circa 1774-1778; Berlin, Germany 
5.
Fugues (3) for Organ with Pedal by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
6.
Chorale Preludes (7) for Organ, F 38 no 1 by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 
7.
Fugues (4) for Organ with 2 Keyboards and Pedal by Wilhelm Friedemann Bach
Performer:  Filippo Turri (Organ)
Period: Classical 
Written: Germany 

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